It’s fun to imagine what it’s like being a billionaire and literally having more money than I could ever imagine. I could, for example, hire a Mariachi band to follow my old high school principal around town for a day, or buy every island off the coast of Belize…just because.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk isn’t immune to these flights of fancy either, having recently remarked that he’d like to build a few flying cars, or even submersible automobiles…you know, because it’s cool.
Musk was quoted by Britain’s The Independent in a recent interview as saying;
“Maybe we’ll make a flying car, just for fun. I’ve thought about it quite a lot. We could definitely make a flying car – but that’s not the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that’s super safe and quiet? Because if it’s a howler, you’re going to make people very unhappy.”
Seems as though Musk has indeed spend a lot of time considering what it would take to make a flying car. Of course, this is also a man who wants to send people to Mars within the next decade, so for him, a flying car must seem almost…pedestrian.
But it doesn’t stop there. Musk recently paid $1 million for the Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond flick, The Spy Who Love Me, and wants to turn it into a Tesla-powered sub. It’s also apparently been a source of engineering inspiration as well;
“We will be making a submarine car. It can transition from being a submarine to a car that drives up on the beach. Maybe we’ll make two or three, but it wouldn’t be more than that. It’s not like we’d sell it, because I think the market for submarine cars is quite small.”
At least until rising ocean levels flood 90% of the planet’s coastline. Maybe Musk is onto something with this submersible car idea?