The Virgin Racing Formula E Team has decided to follow in both aviation tradition and the footsteps of F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel by naming its two cars for the inaugural FIA Formula E series.

'Holly' is named after the daughter of Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson, and 'Bellie' after Isabella Branson, the mogul's daughter-in-law. Driven by Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari, the two machines will feature a specially designed 'flying lady' image, mirroring those that feature on Virgin planes and on the Virgin Galactic spaceship.

"I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting development in motorsport," Holly Branson commented, "The Formula E Championship encapsulates all that Virgin stands for. As a family, we believe in leading the way and investing in new opportunities. Formula E is a great example of this, not only is it helping to develop pioneering technology but it also promotes an environmentally friendly future. Bellie and I are extremely proud to show our support for the team in this way."

To save arguments between the drivers so early in the season, Holly and Isabella Branson both visited Donington Park to select which car they would be championing during the season. Drawing the name from a helmet with first pick, Holly pulled out former GP2 ace Bird, while Isabella was left with former Toro Rosso F1 star Alguersuari.

"It's fantastic to add a touch of sophistication to the team by having Holly and Bellie involved like this," Alguersuari claimed, "I already think we have the most stunning cars on the grid and this makes them even better. And I have to say, the fact that the girls are the last thing I see before I drive out onto the track certainly beats what I'm used to seeing at that stage - no offence to my mechanics! Of course, it's up to me and Sam now to make sure that it is Holly or Bellie crossing the finish line first..."

 

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