Elon Musk’s plans for the James Bond submarine car

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Elon Musk
Elon Musk looking rather like James Bond… with perhaps a touch of Dr. Evil?

Sometime in September, the Lotus Esprit from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me was sold to an anonymous buyer ( who wanted to remain secret). The vehicle sold for almost $1 million, so this person obviously had money to blow. Well, according to new reports, the buyer was none other than super genius Elon Musk!

The Lotus Esprit was built specifically for the movie by a company called Perry Oceanographic of Florida, and while it can’t drive on a street, it’s actually a fully functional submarine! You’d think that whoever owned the vehicle would use the darn thing every day, but it was left in storage for 10 years and eventually forgotten about. After the storage contract expired, the unit was auctioned off to a man for just $100.  When he found out he possessed the actual Lotus Esprit from James Bond, he put it up for auction and sold it to mystery buyer Elon Musk for nearly $1 million!

Musk definitely has a bit of extra change in his pocket, because not only is he the founder of SpaceX – a company leading the reusable rocket race – he also owns the popular hybrid car company Tesla Motors! In fact, it makes sense that he’d want to buy a Lotus submarine, since the Tesla Roadster was modeled after the Lotus sports car, Elise.

Heck, Musk already has a record of creating movie-like futuristic technology anyhow, except the kind that works in real-life! For instance, earlier this year he showed the world his cool Iron Man-like computer system. So, it’s no surprise that when Musk discovered the automobile couldn’t actually transform from a car into submarine, he was extremely disappointed. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Musk said, “What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.”

Hmmm, a super genius with awesome gadgets? I’m starting to think Musk is a little less like Tony Stark and a lot more like Bruce Wayne.

Featured image courtesy of Paul Williams on Flickr. Image of Elon Musk courtesy of Elon Musk on Twitter.