The story of how Lotus overtook Aston Martin as Bond’s official car for a few years goes something like this. A public relations guy from Lotus drove a pre-production model of the Esprit to Pinewood Studios, where all the Bond movies are filmed, and bribed a security guard to let him park where it was in everyone’s way. Eventually the producers of the movie saw and fell in love with it. Lotus ended up giving the production two working cars and five shells. One of the shells was turned into the “Wet Nellie”, which was purchased by someone who is a bit of a Bond villain figure himself, that’s right you guessed it – Elon Musk! CLICK HERE to learn more about this fascinating Bond vehicle.
"Simplify, then add lightness." —
Colin Chapman, Lotus Founder