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Tesla founder Elon buys James Bond’s Esprit submarine car


Tesla Elon Musk has bought the Esprit car from James film The Spy Who Loved Me for £616,000. RM Auctions

Billionaire tech and investor Elon Musk has James Bond ‘s Lotus Esprit vehicle The Spy Who Loved Me, with the intention of its movie transformation from car to a reality.

The car was bought for £616,000 ($997,000) at an in London in September, but the buyer’s wasn’t made public at the Automotive blog Jalopnik that Musk was the buyer night. and subsequently confirmed it the PR team from Tesla his electric cars company.

It was as a little kid in South Africa to James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me his Lotus Esprit off a pier, a button and have it transform a submarine underwater, said in a statement. I was disappointed to learn it can’t actually transform. I’m going to do is upgrade it a Tesla electric powertrain and try to it transform for real.

That may well be a tongue-in-cheek but Musk’s determination to tackle technological challenges is undoubted. Tesla, Musk founded firm PayPal and space firm SpaceX.

Earlier year, he published plans for a public transport system to passengers between Los Angeles and San at 800 miles per hour. Figuring out how to James Bond’s submarine car for real doesn’t seem so by comparison.

The car had been lost since its in the 1977 Bond movie, but was in 1989 after someone in Island paid $100 for a container and found the vehicle and dented – covered up by blankets.

The Esprit submarine car in 1977 Bond film Spy Who Loved Me. Sportsphoto/Allstar/Cinetext Collection

Described as Wet Nellie on set, the car has been occasionally exhibited at in the last 24 years, before offered for auction in September. It as a submarine, but not as a car, as the auction explained:

It moves forward via a of four propellers, with electric motors being by batteries housed in a water-tight The articulated fins are adjusted mechanical levers that are by its driver.

Underwater, the Lotus has a circle of around 20 feet. Its and climb performance is regulated by tanks, and it has been described as argonautic.

Contrary to what movie suggests, there is no semblance of a car interior in this Lotus; inside one will find its motors, batteries, levers, and control apparatus, with a platform seat for its driver.

The car was to have cost more $100,000 to build in the 1970s. If Musk can figure out how to make a version now, its potential will be considerably higher.

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