Last year, Elon Musk made national news by paying nearly $1 million for the submarine car (a Lotus Esprit) that was in the James Bond flick, The Spy Who Loved Me. Immediately, the internet was buzzing about the possibilities…was Musk going to try and build a submarine car?
Well, the Tesla owner soon satisfied the speculation by saying, “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.”
That was 8 months ago.
Late last week, though, more details emerged about the project. In an interview with the world-renowned British paper, The Independent, Musk said, “We will be making a submarine car. It can transform 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.”
Our two big takeaways from this latest development:
1. Is there anything that Elon Musk doesn’t want to create?
2. Those old James Bond flicks were AMAZINGLY prophetic when it came to technology.