Next month George Clooney will become the first customer in the world to receive a radical new electric car made in the Midlands, but the chance to become the first UK driver of the super-slim Tango is still wide open.
Warwickshire-based Pro-drive - which makes the ultra-efficient Tango commuter car from parts 90 per cent sourced in the region - said it had still to receive its first order from a UK customer, as it had yet to start marketing the car in its home market.
The revelation came as Tango project manager, Geoff Bye, picked up the latest Birmingham Post Business Award for the novel vehicle which will initially cost $85,000 but in later mass-market incarnations should fall to nearer the $20,000 mark.
"We are endeavouring to use as many Midland suppliers as possible," said Mr Bye, accepting the award.
He complemented the region's many suppliers, saying the level of expertise in the area was "unbeatable in the UK". And using local suppliers also cut down on transport costs, he added.
"From an environmental point of view, the shorter distance you transport components the less damaging it is to the environment."
He added that Prodrive, which is a highly-successful manufacturer and designer of sports cars and road-car technology, always focuses on minimising the environmental impact of its projects - but given the eco-friendly credentials of the Tango, it was especially keen to secure the car's green status.
"If you are producing an environmentally-friendly vehicle you adopt a cradle-tothe-grave approach so you look at how it will be made, used, its eventual death and then recycling. Prodrive has an environmental commitment, so this is always a factor for us.
"But in this case we would certainly not believe in designing an urban vehicle that is less polluting and causes less congestion, but then actually making it in a non-environmentally-friendly fashion."
It is perhaps this that attracted Mr Clooney to the vehicle, which he spotted at an LA motor show.
"He bought the car and is allowing us to use his name."
It is being distributed in the US by Commuter Cars Corporation and the Hollywood star will lay his hands on it when the first is delivered next month.
Yet Mr Bye's 14-strong team only started developing the prototype into a productionviable vehicle in October - making it a remarkable turnaround on the 150mph car.
"I've driven the original prototype and it is one of the most exciting cars I've ever driven," said Mr Bye.
" It is a constant smile-maker.
I've heard comments from 'that will fall over,' to 'what do you think I would look like in that', from the ladies." n The main sponsors of The Birmingham Post Business Awards are Intercity Mobile Communications and Churchill Vintners in association with Champagne Taittinger.
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