The latest Easter egg found on the Tesla Model S may just be the best one yet.
Most people familiar with Tesla already recognize that its CEO, Elon Musk, is not your conventional auto manufacturer president.
He makes exorbitant predictions, curses during interviews and refuses to follow traditional sales methods. And, it turns out, he has an interesting sense of humor.
A new Easter egg hidden in the infotainment software of the Tesla Model S changes the on-screen picture from the Model S to the Lotus Esprit submarine.
Featured in the 1977 James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the Lotus was a functional submarine with propellers, articulating fins and ballast tanks. Musk bought the Lotus at a 2013 auction for 616,000 pounds ($997,000).
“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,” said Musk in a statement.
“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.”
To activate the Easter egg, press and hold the Tesla “t” at the top center of the main screen. When it prompts for a technician login, enter “007.”
The James Bond sub is only the latest of Musk’s capers found embedded in the Model S. On the “About Your Tesla” screen, holding the lower right hand corner pulls up a group photo of Tesla employees.
Another inside joke, though less hidden is on the volume control, which goes to 11. It’s a subtle reference to the 1984 movie “This Is Spinal Tap,” where the controls on the amps all go to 11 for “when you need that extra push over the cliff.”
The hidden Lotus submarine was loaded during Tesla’s v5.9 software update and took almost a year for consumers to find it. Which leaves one question: what other secrets on the Model S are still waiting to be discovered?