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Published: 18-Jan-2010

Detroit: With a curiously squashed, elongated body, the Tango electrically-powered car is as narrow as a single passenger and as nippy as a motorbike. Billed as the world’s fastest urban car, it can reach a speed of 200kmph.

Satisfied customers include the actor George Clooney, and its inventor describes the bizarre vehicle as a “chick magnet”.

Built by a US start-up called Commuter Cars, the Tango takes up only half a traffic lane. It can carry two people tandem-style in slightly cramped comfort. Without the need for gears, its battery-powered engine can accelerate from zero to 100kmph in four seconds and, with a racing car-style roll cage design, the Tango is supposedly as robust as a Volvo estate car.

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