The star was given a few tips by championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne before he hit the Paris track, in an electric race car capable of speeds of up to 140mph. The circuit is situated around the city’s picturesque Les Invalides area with the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.
He said: “Driving around the streets of Paris in an electric car at over 100 miles an hour is a dream come true. It’s beautiful, it’s a great track. It’s short, swift, there’s a lovely couple of straights that really bang out.”
Elba watched on as Vergne won the E-Prix on home soil and added his excitement for the future of the series. “I’ve followed Formula E for a little bit now – it’s a really exciting time for Formula E," he added.
"New brands, drivers and car makers are coming in with teams. It’s a good time and I’m excited for it. I’m so thankful that I got a chance to ride in one of the cars.”
After demonstrating his skills behind the wheel, he also revealed how motorsport and cars have been a big part of his life.
“I’ve had cars since I was fourteen. I had a Mini. I was a tyre-fitter for my first job, a Saturday job – and the guy said to me ‘can you drive cars?’ and he was like ‘great change those tyres and move it down the alleyway’ – and that’s where I first started to drive. My dad worked for Ford for most of his life so cars were a big part of our family.”
Elba’s interest in electric vehicles doesn’t stop with Formula E. He said: “I have an electric bike actually, which is amazing and very fun. So I’m kind of used to the mechanism and torque. Anyone that’s driving an electric car will know it’s very different to a combustion car in the way you go from 0-60 is very different but exciting.”
The actor was joined by his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre and his two children at the E-Prix after attending an event at the Automobile Club de France hosted by the FIA on Friday evening.