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DiCaprio shifts up a racing gear

Dec. 9 (Reuters): Actor 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 up next year, with the first race in Beijing in September. “The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” the 39-year-old Great Gatsby and Titanic actor, known for his environmental activism, said.

“Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”

Formula E races will be staged globally and backers hope the series will increase the market for battery-powered vehicles.

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