NEW YORK – One of Hollywood's biggest stars is now driving one of the world's smallest cars.
The two-seater — with a driver's seat in front of one passenger seat — has two motors, runs on a battery and is considered the most ecologically friendly vehicle on the market.
Incredibly, the car is 6 inches narrower than many motorcycles and takes less than half the space of the average car on a highway.
Made of carbon fiber, the Tango weighs 3,057 pounds and can reach 60 mph in four seconds — with a top speed of 150 mph.
And its 1,100-pound battery can be charged in a few hours — good for about 80 miles of road time.
Clooney took delivery of one of the first Tangos to come off the production line, shelling out about $85,000.
The politically minded Hollywood hunk bought it to help promote the production and use of nonpolluting automobiles that don't depend on gasoline.
The 44-year-old star of "Syriana," who directed the recent "Good Night, and Good Luck," has been seen zipping around Los Angeles in his new set of ultra-small wheels.
And he reportedly used it to commute to and from the set of his new movie, "The Good German."
As Clooney is 5-foot-11, it seems it would be hard for him to squeeze into the Tango — but while the car is thin, it's actually as tall as most regular vehicles.
At the moment, the Tango's high price makes it prohibitively expensive for most people.
But Commuter Cars Corp. of Spokane, Wash., which distributes the British-made vehicle in the United States, plans to make future models more affordable.
The price being aimed at is about $20,000 or less.