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Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by James Ayre


New Tesla Model S Easter Egg — Turn The Model S Into The Lotus Esprit Submarine (VIDEO)

March 2nd, 2015 by  

Ever wanted to drive (or pilot?) the car/submarine that James Bond used in The Spy Who Loved Me? Well, now you can — sort of anyways.

Yet another hidden feature (aka “easter egg“) has been found in the Tesla Model S firmware system, this one allowing you to transform the display image of the Model S (in the Air Suspension settings) into the famous “Lotus Esprit.”

Tesla 007 easter egg

Considering that it’s public knowledge that Elon Musk has a bit of a thing for the Lotus Esprit — he did purchase the original at auction for $1 million back in 2013 after all — the easter egg isn’t super surprising. It is a nice one, though! (Tip of the hat to the Instagram user “great.white.buffalo” for uncovering it.)

Those looking for an easy explanation of how to do it should take a look at the video posted just below (created by the user “wk057” on the Tesla Motors Club forum):


Don’t want to watch the video? Here’s the quick form:

  1. Hold down the Tesla logo that’s located towards the top-center of the screen for ~4 seconds and let go. An access code prompt will come up.
  2. Type in “007” and then navigate to the settings for “Suspension” (only available with Model S vehicles outfitted with the Air Suspension package of course).
  3. Enjoy! And mess around with the “depth” (you can go all the way down to 20,000 leagues below, if you wish).

Once you’re done with your fun, you can get everything to return to normal by rebooting from the center screen (hold the scroll wheels); or closing controls and then repeating the process (works as a toggle).

Just another one of the ways Tesla is making its vehicles cooler than everyone else’s. 

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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