Elon Musk reveals Tesla already has a design for a 'James Bond' style submarine car

Elon Musk reveals Tesla already has a design for a 'James Bond' style submarine car

Tesla is arguably the market leader when it comes to futuristic cars.

Now, its creator and CEO, Elon Musk, has announced that the manufacturer has already created a design for a James Bond-style submarine car. In short, the future could be a lot closer than any of us previously thought.

Tesla held its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday of this week, and during it, Musk was asked whether they'd ever considered making an aquatic car.

"Funny you should mention that... we do have a design for a submarine car like the one from The Spy Who Loved Me," he said.

Elon Musk smiling. Credit: Getty

In case your memory needs refreshing, the starring vehicle in the movie is a 1976 Lotus Esprit. It had the ability to function both on land and in water in the 1977 movie.

"I thought that was like the coolest thing I have seen in a movie," Musk said, before adding that the very car from the movie is in his possession.

The Guardian reports that the inventor purchased the vehicle, pictured below, for $997,000 in a 2013 auction.

"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," he said in 2013.

"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 1976 Lotus Esprit. Credit: Getty

On Tuesday, the 47-year-old said that while difficult to create, making a vehicle with ambitious qualities like 'Wet Nellie', as the car was dubbed in the movie, is possible.

"Maybe we'll make one a show car at some point, that would be fun," he said. "I think the market for this would be small - small, but enthusiastic," he added.