Granted the transformation may only take place on the dashboard but it’s still a pretty nifty feature. You can also set the depth of the car, measured in leagues under the sea, but please don’t attempt to use your Model S as a submarine.
Model S owner Josh Heffner posted the secret feature to YouTube. He gives instructions on how to activate the hidden Bond mode, and other owners will have to hold down the ‘T’ button in the central console before entering zero-zero-seven when prompted to enter a code.
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After doing so the image of a Model S carwhich usually appears on the screen in the center of the dashboard will change into the famous Lotus Espirit from 1977 Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.
Heffner came across the hidden feature using a ‘technician login’ usually only used when making changes during servicing, however he has not yet worked out a way of getting rid of the special car without having to restart the whole Tesla dashboard.
It seems that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a certain affinity for the Bond submarine car, having bought it in October 2013 for $866,000. The Lotus was given the nickname ‘Wet Nellie’ during filming, and was constructed by an ex-Navy SEAL. It cost approximately $100,000 at the time, which is equivalent to $500,000 today.
Roger Moore played Bond in the film, but the submarine car was always piloted by ex-Navy SEAL Don Griffin. Several different models of the Lotus Esprit were used in filming, but Musk bought the only one that functioned as a self-propelled submarine.
Musk found the time to add the hidden feature to Tesla’s Model S, despite working on the upcoming release of the Model X and pushing ahead with SpaceX’s aim of making space travel more affordable. Crewed flights to the ISS using the company’s Dragon capsule are expected to begin in 2017, and astronauts have been working on adapting the station’s docking capabilities in order to receive the vehicle.