Elon Musk to outfit James Bond submarine with Tesla Powertrain

It’s true. Elon Musk is now the proud owner of the famous James Bond Lotus submarine. The submarine, which was used in the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” was auctioned off in London last month by RM Auctions for nearly $1 million. Stories swirled today that Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was the anonymous bidder who prevailed in a fierce bidding war.

“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,” said Musk in a statement e-mailed by Tesla’s growing comms team. “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform. What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.”

The sale of the Lotus comes decades after it was found in a New York storage container.

The Lotus Submarine, featured in the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.”




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