Lotus Submarine in Action in James Bond Movie
According to Autocar, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has more than just a flying car up his sleeve.
Why stop at a flying car when an electric amphibious vehicle could be made?
"It’s a low priority project but we can create a transformation amphibious vehicle using Model S electrics. It will look like the Esprit too but 10 percent bigger and we’ll make it in single digit numbers, but it can be done."
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.”
And apparently Musk/Tesla Motors is going to make more than one of these transforming, electric amphibious vehicles. Wonder how much it'll cost to reserve one of these land and water electric submobiles?