Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has claimed that the Model S floats well enough “to turn into a boat for short periods” after the electric car appeared in a video passing swamped cars in a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan.
Although he said that the company didn’t recommend this, he did say that the car could turn into a boat for a short period and that the trust came from wheel rotation.
We *def* don’t recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2016
If keeping with many other electric cars, the Model S is far more water tight than petrol or diesel cars due to the lack of an exhaust pipe. The car also has a “bio-hazard mode” that closes all the ventilation system which would imply that the vehicle is exceptionally well sealed.
Musk certainly has an interest in cars and water having paid $969,000 in 2013 for the Lotus Esprit which featured in the famous underwater scene in the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.
In that film Bond, played by Roger Moore, drives the Lotus off a pier into the sea and the vehicle turns into a submarine.
It appears that this is where Musk may have got his inspiration from having previously claiming that he was “disappointed” that the Lotus couldn’t transform into a submarine and remarked that he was going to make some improvements.