As an actor who rode a Toyota Prius to the Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio has never been shy about using his star power for his environmental causes, even putting his celebrity (and a small investment) behind the failed Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid. Today, DiCaprio revealed his first foray into motorsports, revealing he's the co-owner of a new racing team. And of course, they're running electric cars.
As far as electric cars have come on the road, they've made only minor inroads into racing; you're more likely to find an electric racer on drag strips or the Bonneville Salt Flats (where power trumps range) than in any classic European road circuit. But the masterminds of the world's motorsports realize that without a serious electric car series, automakers and teams will wring fossil fuel racing to the last drop — and then leave the sport in history's smoke.
In September 2014, the biggest gamble that fans will pay to watch electric cars go fast will launch around the world. DubbedRead More »from Leonardo DiCaprio launches electric race-car team