Tesla says submarine car ala James Bond is possible


“Can you swim?”

Those were the words uttered by Roger Moore, as super-spy James Bond in the 1977 movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” just as he plunged the movie’s amphibious Lotus Esprit off the edge of a small pier.

Whilst Elon Musk may have no practical reason for owning an aqua-car, let alone making one (he’s certainly not escaping chasing bad guys in a helicopter, for instance) he says Tesla could make one.

In response to a question during Tesla’s annual general meeting regarding whether the company would ever look to make an aquatic car, Musk cracked a smile and chuckled, saying “Funny you should mention that…we do have a design for a submarine car like the one from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.'”

“I thought that was like the coolest thing I have seen in a movie,” Musk said, noting that he owns the actual car used in the movie. He bought it at auction in 2013 for approximately $997,000.

“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,” he said in a statement that year.

“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 said this week that it would be possible to create a working version of the car, though it would be challenging. “Maybe we’ll make one a show car at some point, that would be fun,” he said. “I think the market for this would be small – small, but enthusiastic,” he added.

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