The Tango EV has been around for a few years now but this is the first time we’ve seen an in-depth review of the car. Automotive technology website, Translogic, has just provided a full review of the car including insightful interviews with its creator, Rick Woodbury.
The Tango EV is a project that was developed with tight mobility in mind. It was created to tackle the densest of city traffic and also built to combat the rising costs of fuel. Remarkably, the finished Tango EV project sits at just one metre wide, featuring two seats; one behind the other.
It might not look very safe but according to its Rick Woodbury – as the video below explains – the Tango is built on a NASCAR-like skeleton. It consists of vast rollover and intrusion protection through the use of steel bars. The body is then wrapped in lightweight, high-strength carbon fibre.
As the car is fully electric, Woodbury had all of the heavy electrical gear including the battery pack mounted very low down, under the floor of the car. This gives the Tango a very low centre of gravity resulting in a high rollover threshold angle, similar to a Porsche 911’s – as outlined in the video. This means the Tango can actually handle quite well.
Unlike the G-Wiz, another small and very skinny electric vehicle, the Tango provides ample power with more-than-adequate acceleration. In fact, the Tango EV is able to achieve 0-100km/h in just four seconds (3.8 seconds for 0-60mph/97kph) and has previously run a quarter mile of 12.8 seconds – similar to a V10 BMW M5.
Take a look below for more interesting details on how the Tango was developed, and a quick road test interpretation.