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Submarine car ends up in museum

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By Gareth Butterfield

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A SUBMARINE car that was tested and filmed at Carsington Water has gone on display at a popular tourist attraction in Hampshire.

BBC Top Gear’s low-budget replica of the Lotus Esprit submarine immortalised in the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me will be put on display at the World of Top Gear exhibition at Beaulieu.

The car, a specially adapted Lotus Excel, was driven into Carsington Water by presenter Richard Hammond as part of a special episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise and the cars made famous by the films.

Staff at Carsington Sailing Club, who gave permission for the testing and filming of the stunt, which took place in September ahead of its screening last month, say watching the car entering the water was “very impressive”.

The Lotus joins a collection of cars at Beaulieu created by the Top Gear presenters for some of their most ambitious challenges, such as the “sports train” and cars they have driven in the 2011 Christmas special set in India.

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