Clooney's Car Is A Star!

ER star buys Spokane-developed battery electric Tango commuter car

Published: 24-Jan-2005

lass=headtypea align=left>Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has splashed out £45,000 on an electric car branded "made in Warwickshire".

George Clooney and his amazing electric car!

The tiny Tango, which is guaranteed to turn heads on the streets of Los Angeles, is being built by staff at Prodrive, which is based near Kenilworth.

The millionaire Batman movie star, who has a collection of classic motorbikes, was so impressed when he heard about the new eco-friendly car that he's having it shipped to his home in LA.

Prodrive, which is based in Oldwich Lane East, Fen End, is an automotive technology specialist, which works on the design and construction of limited edition vehicles.

The car the former ER star has ordered is a prototype of a futuristic electric car, which the American designers hope will eventually be available to the mass market.

The car is distinctive not only for the way it operates - its electric battery needs to be regularly recharged - but also because of its shape and size.

Ben Sayer, spokesman for Prodrive, said: "The electric car is a two-seater and very narrow. It's only a metre wide - half the width of an average car.

"It was designed with the Californian market in mind as it's very environmentally friendly and ideal for moving easily through traffic."

And the car's ability to avoid traffic queues by nip-ping between other cars - just like a motorcycle - is perhaps what attracted George's interest. He is known to be a fan of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

But the car's makers think George also wanted to be one of the first to own a Tango because of the car's green credentials.

Mr Sayer added: "George Clooney is known to be interested in green issues and electric cars because they are environmentally friendly."

Staff at Kenilworth, who have just completed the chassis, have been told whose car they are making.

Mr Sayer said: "We're approaching the project in the same way as we would any other, although it is unusual to be working for someone with such a high profile."

The car will be sent off to the USA in two weeks time and staff are currently working on installing its electrics, steering wheel and interior.

George is expected to use the car for a year in a deal negotiated by The Commuter Car Corporation and Prodrive is already lined up to make him a replacement next year.


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Eight-wheeled, all electric Eliica may be build in small numbers, say designers.

The wheel robots, complete with their own suspension, remove the need for a drive shaft and even the engine block, freeing up designers to make new use of the space in the car.


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