An Eccentric Billionaire Bought James Bond's Submarine Car and Wants to Make More of Them

An Eccentric Billionaire Bought James Bond's Submarine Car and Wants to Make More of Them

Oct 21, 2013

 

Earlier this year, we told you about a Lotus Esprit that was discovered in a mysterious storage container in Long Island. The vehicle, a famous prop from the James Bond series (The Spy Who Loved Me), was put up for auction in September. Engineer and entrepreneur Elon Musk purchased the modified submarine.

As it stands, this particular Lotus doesn't operate as a sports car, and the submersible still requires passengers to use scuba gear in order to breathe. However, Musk just announced his plan to turn the iconic movie vehicle into a "working, transformable submarine car with a Tesla electric powertrain."

In the film, after Bond gives chase in the Lotus, he drives off a pier, pushes a button, and the Lotus transforms into a submarine — making the chase sequence one of the most famous in cinema history. "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," Musk stated. The businessman bought the car for $920,167. We hope Musk is a man of his word and adds some Bond-style gadgets to the car — namely a button that ejects money from the Lotus so we can buy one of our own.

 

                 

                 

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