At least now we know the “S” does not stand for “sinks.”
In a series of tweets, the Tesla TSLA, -1.13% co-founder said the “Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time,” and the rotating tires can provide thrust. As proof, Musk linked to a video showing a Model S swimming through a flooded underpass in Russia.
Musk did note, though, that turning your $70,000 car into a boat is not recommended.
Floating isn’t the only extreme condition Tesla has prepared for. Its Model X SUV has a “bioweapon defense mode” for its air filters.
As a future teaser, Musk added that he’s working on “a sports sub car that can drive on roads” as a side project. So maybe someday you too can cue up Carly Simon and live out your James Bond fantasy.