Elon Musk Buys Bond Lotus, Plans to Install Tesla Electric Engine [Videol]
So, what would you do with that kind of money. A Jalopnik scoop says Elon Musk dropped $866,000 on the one and only Lotus James Bond car.
Rather than put it in a museum, Musk is going to do something mind-blowingly awesome: "What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."
A bit of history now: The Lotus Esprit Bond Car appears in 'The Spy Who Loved Me". Bond gets a surprising new toy from Q in Sardinia, one which keeps its secrets until the very end. 007 is being chased by the henchmen of Karl Stromberg, who wants to destroy the world with atomic weapons are rebuild it under water under his command. His trusty Lotus seems almost trapped but reveals its party trick at the very last second: it can launch itself into the water, becoming a submarine in the process. Fins pop out, the wheels become hidden for streamlining and Bond destroys a helicopter full of baddies with a anti-aircraft missile. The Esprit makes its second movie appearance in For Your Eyes Only, where one is destroyed by a thug who trips its self-destruct system, leaving Bond with the replacement, a red Esprit Turbo.