Elon Musk to Turn James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Into a Tesla Transformer

By Gerald Lynch on at

Remember the James Bond submarine car thing that went up for auction a few weeks back? It turns out it was bought by multi-billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, he of Tesla / PayPal/ Hyperloop fame. And he's got big plans for his new bath toy.

You see, Musk isn't pleased with Hollywood camera trickery. When he buys a £550,000 amphibious sports car, he damn well wants a working £550,000 amphibious sports car, even if that means modifying it himself with his own Tesla electric car tech:

"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. 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."

Crazy, right? Maybe not -- this is the guy who is seriously lobbying for the Hyperloop, and is innovating in space rocket technology faster than NASA can. If anyone can pull it off, it's Elon Musk. [Jalopnik]