Clooney's Tango :: made in Warwickshire
Clooney's car is the star!
By Emma Race
Jan 20 2005
Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has splashed out £45,000 on an
electric car branded "made in Warwickshire".
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
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
"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
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
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.