DiCarprio becomes part of Formula E

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio has launched a race car team to compete in the new all electric Formula E series starting next September.

The 39-year-old star, who is known for his environmental campaigning efforts, said: "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, cleanenergy vehicles."

He said: "Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentallyfriendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort."

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