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Elon Musk May Develop ‘James Bond’-Style Submarine Car

I wonder where he has Q tied up.

Self-driving cars are starting to become more and more common nowadays, but it seems like Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk is already looking forward to the next big thing in technology.

According to Musk, this may very well be a submarine car that’s based on James Bond’s special car featured in the film The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977.  In real life, it was actually just a 1976 Lotus Esprit. A striking car during its time, perhaps, but still not as amazing as the role it played as an aquatic car that could be used on both land and water.

“I thought that was like the coolest thing I have seen in a movie,” Musk said, revealing that Tesla actually has a design similar to the amphibious car in their roster. “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.”

Elon Musk actually owns an exact replica of the James Bond car. He purchased his own Lotus at a London auction back in 2013 for a total of $997,000, just $3,000 away from a million bucks.

“I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform,” Musk continued. “What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.”

“Maybe we’ll make one a show car at some point, that would be fun.” Musk said last Tuesday that his new goal is to create a usable version of the amphibious car in the future, though he did admit that it won’t be an easy feat. Still, he’s excited about how the project would turn out. “I think the market for this would be small — small, but enthusiastic.”