James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine On Display At Tesla Motors Design Studio

MAY 4 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

Lotus Submarine in Action in James Bond Movie

Lotus Submarine in Action in James Bond Movie

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

Now, that $866,000 auction item is on display at Tesla Motors’ Design Studio in Hawthorne, California.

When Musk bought the James Bond Lotus Esprit, it was non-functioning, meaning that if deployed in the water, the driver would need a breathing apparatus and that it couldn’t transform, nor could it move under its own power on the pavement.

It’s unknown if work has been done of the Bond submarine.  It seems more likely that its just a display object for now.

However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk does have grand plans for the James Bond Lotus Esprit:

“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.”

Money for this project will come straight from Musk.  We hope that Musk suceeds in transforming the Lotus Epirit into a functional, amphibious Tesla, but we do wonder how much such a project will cost.  The car alone was $866,000, so figure at least a couple million when it’s all done.

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Between running three world changing companies, having a wife and kids, flying around the world on business, dealing with politicians and the public at large– its nice to have a hobby.

The version on display at Tesla seems to have vertical fins in in the back, but neither of shots from the movie show them.

Actually the underwater shot shows the small vertical fins.

Ah yes… barely visible.

Here’s the underwater video of the James Bond car….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZRFbHgL50s

MrEnergyCzar

Oh I just love it, the quote “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform”. Many things have been written about Elon, but the fact that he is just a big 10 year old kid is another one the reasons for his success. What will he do now, he will make it transform…

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