MI6 gives you an exclusive preview of RC2 Lotus
Esprit 1/18th scale featured in "The Spy Who
Loved Me". MI6 has the details on the most gadget
laden car yet...
RC2 Lotus Esprit Preview
9th September 2005
The Lotus had the capability to transform into a submarine and
had an array of other ingenious gadgets that are faithfully reproduced
in the 1/18th scale model from RC2.
Harpoons for underwater combat
The car is the last of a special six car series for 2005, which
the company has released in its Joyride entertainment range, and
are big enough to show a high level of detail including many of
the “gizmos”, for which the real cars have become
famous, and which actually work on the models.
The Lotus is no exception with changeable wheels to convert the
street car into a submarine, retractable window shields, opening
bonnet with engine details and doors, which open to reveal a detailed
RC2’s head of sales and marketing for collectibles, Director
Ray Wootton said: “This is a fantastic model of a car which
for many was the most advanced Bond car ever and from a film which
was one of the most popular.
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He added: “The models of the Bond cars have taken the collecting
world by storm and we have had interest from Bond enthusiasts
and collectors all over the World.
All the Bond cars retail for £29.99 and each model comes
packaged in special boxes, covered with artwork which features
the 007 logo, plus the name of the film in which the car appears
and pictures of the car in action. Each is accompanied by an exclusive
and collectable Q-card CD Rom, which includes screen savers, wallpapers,
vehicle specifications and 3D.
White Lotus Esprit, number plate "PPW 306R", had the following modifications:
- Retractable wheels, with extendable covers to protect
the wheel cavity
- Retractable fins and rudders for underwater steering
- Convertible dashboard to double as a submarine control
- Radar and Nautical guidance equipment
- Metal blinds for rear window
- Four retractable propeller units at the rear of the
Weapons & Defence
- Surface-to-air missiles
- Underwater mines
- Oil-slick sprayer for underwater camouflage
- Rear mounted concrete sprayers
- Harpoons for underwater combat
- Self destruct system
- TV Monitor and closed circuit camera
Joyride Entertainment (part of the RC2 group) secured the James
Bond license in 2004 and plan to release twelve cars over the
two years. The range will visit a mixture of famous cars from
the 20 film canon. The models are expected to retail between £29.99
and £34.99 in the UK, and $39.99 in the USA (prices may
vary). Updated release dates are estimates and are subject to
change. RC2 had a proposed Bond 21 car for a 2005, but due to
the film being moved to 2006 its unclear what will happen. Expect
a further six cars to be announced in the near future.