It's tough being rich, especially when you have enough spare money and time to turn a James Bond vehicle into a working submarine. Yet that's exactly what Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently undertook after winning a $866,000 bid for the silver-screen speedster.
The Lotus Esprit, which was featured in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, must have a special place in Musk's heart. The car was famously driven into the ocean off a pier by Bond, then morphed into a submarine, complete with propellers, fins and all. It was put up for auction in early September in England. Musk got the car for a steal, since the projected price for the vehicle was $990,000. What a bargain!
As a child, Musk was thoroughly impressed with how the Lotus was able to transform from car to submarine with the press of a button. When he found out it was not able to actually do so in real life, he was disappointed, so he decided to realize his childhood dream as an adult.
"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."
By outfitting the vehicle with a Tesla electric powertrain, Musk hopes to eventually turn the the fictional car into a functional one. Can this guy get any more awesome?