Motorsports - Andretti signs up for electric racing series

The Andretti Autosport IndyCar team run by Michael Andretti will enter the inaugural Formula E electric racing series due to start up next year, organisers said on Wednesday.

Motorsports - Andretti signs up for electric racing series

View photo

2012 United States GP Andretti

"It's an honour for Andretti Autosport to have been selected as one of the 10 founding Formula E teams for the inaugural season," Andretti, a former F1 racer and son of 1978 world champion Mario, said in a statement after a presentation in Indianapolis.

"I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world."

Andretti Autosport are the third team to commit to the championship after Britain's Drayson Racing - who recently broke the world electric land speed record - and China Racing.

The FIA-sanctioned series will involve 10 teams and 20 drivers competing in races in 10 city centres around the world. There are two U.S. cities on the provisional schedule - Los Angeles and Miami.

Andretti will use a Spark-Renault Formula E car in their first season.

The car is built by French-based company Spark Racing Technology who are part of a consortium that includes the McLaren and Williams Formula One teams as technology partners .

Andretti Autosport are a leading IndyCar team with four championships in that series as well as winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2007.

View comments (0)