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Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Elon Musk Wants To Turn Bond Sub Into A Tesla

lotus-sub-1Sometimes I have to ask myself “Is Elon Musk really as cool as he seems?” I mean if I had a billion dollars, the first thing I’d try to do is start a car company, which is what Musk did. Musk also paid nearly $1 million for the Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”, with intentions of making it functional with a Tesla drivetrain.

The Bond submarine is one of the most-famous movie vehicles of all time, and Musk paid $966,560 when all was said and done for the privilege of owning it. Most people would be satisfied with displaying such a prize in their car collection or bedroom, but not Musk. No, the electric car entrepreneur and private spaceflight pioneer wants to upgrade the Esprit with a Tesla drivetrain and make it a fully-functional, transforming car/submarine.

This is exactly the kind of ridiculous thing I would do, and it really only heightened Musk’s appeal among car enthusiasts. Elon Musk has become one of the most talked-about people of 2013, and he has managed to create such a wide-reaching appeal with his projects and social-media savvy. The non-functioning Lotus submarine will soon be getting a Tesla Model S drivetrain, and Musk will make it work just like in the movies. You would have to make a concentrated effort to not like this guy.

A Tesla-powered James Bond vehicle, now that is something else. How much you want to bet a Tesla Model S makes a guest appearance in the next Bond film? I’m betting Musk might have just enough sway these days to make it happen.

Source: Jalopnik


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