Tesla's Elon Musk Aims To Turn 007's Submarine Car Into Reality
Posted: October 20, 2013 by Emily Brown
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk seems to be determined to turn the movie prop car from the 1997 James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore, into a true aquatic vessel. Once it has become official that he dropped $866,000 on the 007's amphibious Lotus Espirit vehicle that never actually swam, we can say his intentions are serious.
The eclectic billionaire, the CEO of both the electric car company and rocket maker SpaceX, stated the following regarding the purchase:
"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," but he also went on to add, "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."
The submarine car aka "Wet Nellie" in the process of filming, was built for more than $100,00 (approximately $500,000 today) from the shell of the Lotus Esprit. It was reportedly sold in London by RM Auctions in early September. As for Musk's identity as the buyer, it was first reported on Thursday (October 17) by the automotive Web site Jalopnik.com.
At this point, we're just being curious what's left for Musk to experiment with, any guesses?