Marco Engel has completed the Formula E driver line-up at Venturi for the 2016-17 championship and joins alongside the retained Stephane Sarrazin.

The long-time Mercedes-AMG factory driver has experience in DTM and V8 Supercars but will be making his Formula E debut at the season opener in Hong Kong in October.

Engel, who is current FIA GT World Cup Champion and 2016 Nurburgring 24 Hour winner, is relishing the chance of joining the all-electric series and taking on the new challenge.

"After giving me the opportunity to develop their new car, Venturi, a top team in Formula-E, offered me the chance to participate in the championship. I am very happy." Engel, who replaces Mike Conway in Venturi's line-up, said. "Efficient cars, great drivers, important manufacturers, races in big cities: the series is already a success and as a driver it's very important to be part of it."

"It is a great satisfaction to welcome Marco" Franck Baldet, the team coordinator, said. "He is already deeply involved in the team through the season 3 car preparation. He knows our new engine - the VM 200 - FE - 02. He did most of the testing sessions accumulating hundreds of kilometers behind the wheel.

"He is efficient and accurate in his comments to our engineers, always available for the exchange that will increase the performance of the vehicle."