Elon Musk Says His Bond Lotus Submarine Can’t Convert From Car To Sub, Suggests New Project That Can


The Famous James Bond Lotus Submarine, Which Is Now Owned By Elon Musk and On Display At Tesla’s Hawthorne Design Studio

The famous James Bond Lotus Submarine isn’t really a submarine at all and actually it can’t even be converted from car into a sub, says owner Elon Musk.

Lotus Submarine in Action in James Bond Movie

But there’s another sub project in the works for Tesla’s superstar CEO.

Some years ago, the famous James Bond submarine that appeared in “The Spy Who Loved Me” was purchased at auction by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

For $866,000, Musk got a functioning sub. Actually, it’s little more than a white Lotus Epirit with some fins glued on that’s capable of moving underwater.

Right now, if deployed in the water, Musk’s sub would reportedly function as a wet sub (meaning the driver would require a breathing apparatus).

Basically, it’s a movie prop and nothing more. Heck, it can’t even transform from car to sub, as it appears to do in the movie. And it will not move by itself on the pavement.

As Musk told the press back then:

“I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform. What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.”

Well, apparently that idea was too far-fetched. His Lotus sits today the same as it did when he purchased it years ago. Via Twitter, Musk explained the situation and offered up hope to those who someday think they’ll see a Musk-owned converting sub:

Musk Tweet On Submarine

Wonder what this new design is? And could this be the first time a Musk idea has failed to become reality?

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6 responses to "Elon Musk Says His Bond Lotus Submarine Can’t Convert From Car To Sub, Suggests New Project That Can"
  1. Joe says:

    He didn’t seriously think this was real? Today is June 1st not April 1st.

    1. Erik says:

      It can transform, look here!

  2. Mister G says:

    Musk might be onto something, as sea level rise intensifies there might be a need for a submarine car to get to work or drop off the kids at school
    Driving through flooded roads of 7-8 meters won’t be a problem LOL

  3. Alaa says:

    This is a must for the tunnels. Pressurized cabin and sealed battery motor etc is not difficult to do. Remember this car will travel under the ground at high speeds so it must be like a sub. It also serves as a good eye catching thing just like in the film. But the big winner will be the army.

  4. unlucky says:

    When considering the possible negative risks for Tesla I hadn’t stopped to consider that Musk might just get bored with it. Now I’m starting to wonder. Tesla is at their most crucial inflection point ever and Musk is frittering about with tunnels and his movie car collection.

  5. Jason says:

    Oh what joy to be a billionaire! “Gee,I won’t mind a car that can turn into a sub. Design studio, get onto that will you?”

    If you were a billionaire, what do you think you would be doing with the money? You’re going to die at some point, so you might as well have some fun while waiting.

    If one of them have me $100mil,I would like to revive one of my local car manufacturing plants and see what I could build. Elon, I’d even be happy buying my batteries from Tesla if I can get them for $120/kWh