Leonardo DiCaprio teams up with Venturi Automobiles for Formula E
New Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team based in Monaco is co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.
“Venturi has been a pioneer in electric high performance vehicles for more than a decade and Formula E gives us the fantastic opportunity to further improve our advanced technologies through motorsport, as well as compete all over the world,” said Gildo. “It also gives us the chance to be part of a new racing programme with a project that really shares Venturi’s values for clean mobility, innovation in the field of electric propulsion and energy efficiency optimisation.”
“It’s an honour and a pleasure to welcome the Venturi Grand Prix team as the tenth and final team of the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings. “Gildo is a true pioneer in electric racing. From the desert of Salt Lake to Antarctica, his passion and vision pushes forward the technology barriers of what can be done with an electric car. But Gildo is not alone in this venture. Global entrepreneurs Francesco Costa and Bert Hedaya bring great experience and energy to the team.
“And of course, I want to give a very special welcome to our Championship to Leonardo DiCaprio. Very few environmental leaders have helped more than him to spread the message of sustainability around the world. Having people like him and Richard Branson – global ambassadors for the environment – is a privilege for our Championship and will greatly help us to spread the use of electric cars in cities around the planet.”
Venturi Grand Prix is now being put forward to the FIA for approval as the tenth and final team to enter the new zero emission series. The 9 other teams are Andretti Autosport, Dragon Racing, Asia’s China Racing, Super Aguri and Mahindra Racing, Drayson Racing, e.dams, Audi Sport ABT and Virgin Racing.
Gildo Pallanca Pastor talks about the creation of Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team