Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, was the secret buyer of the Bond Lotus submarine, sold last month. Incredible!
The Lotus submarine car was a prop from the 1970s James Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me‘ and was sold for over £600,000 at auction in London. Incredibly, Musk intends to convert the prop into a functioning car that transforms into a submarine, using Tesla technology! It will be a big job to make it happen!!
Musk’s purchase was clearly influenced by his love for James Bond. In a press release he said that,
“it was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch
, 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.”
In the film a stunt man actually uses diving gear when the car is submerged, but what we see is Roger Moore (James Bond), driving a Lotus Esprit sports car with a brunette Bond girl, when it is attacked by a helicopter. In order to reach safety, Moore drives the car off a pier. The car then transforms into a submarine and Moore shoots a missile at the helicopter from under the water.
Apparently, multiple cars were used for the scene to carry out the different stunts e.g the car transforming into the submarine and the missile being fired. However, Musk wants to develop his new prop so that it is capable of all of the tricks! Keep following us for updates on his progress!
Watch the epic James Bond chase that inspired Elon Musk: