10 Dec 2013

Hollywood star backs Formula E

7:38 pm on 10 December 2013

The Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio will be involved in the new Formula E electric racing series as a co-founder of the Monaco-based Venturi team that has secured the 10th and final entry.

The 10-city championship is due to start next year, with the first race in Beijing in September.

DiCaprio, known for his environmental activism, says Venturi Grand Prix have shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team.

Formula E races, sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation, will be staged in city centres around the world and backers hope the series will increase the market for battery-powered vehicles and advance the technology behind them.

Richard Branson's Virgin Group has also entered a team.