Tesla Is Developing A James Bond-Style Submarine Car

Aarav - Jun 14, 2019, 4:33 pm IST


Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the electric car company has a design for a submarine car that takes inspiration from a James Bond movie.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk during a shareholder meeting on June 12, confirmed that the electric vehicle company indeed has a design ready for a submarine car. It sounds exactly like something that would come out of a James Bond movie.

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The 1976 Lotus Esprit was featured in the spy thriller movie.

Business Insider reported that when being asked whether his company would look into such a concept, Musk said, “Funny you should mention that… we do have a design for a submarine car like the one from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.”

What Musk was referring to is the 1976 Lotus Esprit which in the 1977 spy thriller transformed into an amphibious vehicle. The car was driven both underwater and on land.

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The car was driven both underwater and on land.

Musk said while adding that this car is also in his collection, “I thought that was like the coolest thing I have seen in a movie.” He paid $995,000 for this car at an auction held in London back in 2013.

Lotus-Esprit
Elon Musk bought the vehicle at an auction.

In his statement in 2013, he also talked about the idea of creating a submarine car based on the Lotus Esprit, “It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater. 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.”

He admitted that making a functioning version of the car would be a possible but difficult task. Musk said, “Maybe we'll make one a show car at some point, that would be fun. I think the market for this would be small — small, but enthusiastic.”

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