First, billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk sold $600,000 worth of Boring Company branded hats.
Now, Musk appears to be selling a $600 flamethrower that bears the name of his tunneling company.
Sleuthy fans of Musk discovered a secretive, password-protected webpage on the Boring Company’s website advertising a flamethrower.
The page, which at one time was accessible using the password ‘flame,’ has an option to pre-order one of the devices and says the item will ship in April.
Pictured, a prototype of the Boring Company’s $600 flamethrower. The device was discovered on a password protected page on the company’s website. The page is now inaccessible
It also notes that the flamethrower pictured is a prototype.
‘Final production flamethrower will be better,’ the page says.
Several Reddit users attempted to figure out the site’s password in a thread on Friday, noting that ‘hat,’ ‘flamethrower’ and ‘siliconsexparty’ all didn’t work.
Last month, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted that the Boring Company would create the ‘safest flamethrower ever’ after selling 50,000 Boring Company hats.
Most people seemed to assume that he was joking.
The billionaire’s tunnel-digging firm ‘The Boring Company’ has presented its plans to build a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting. Pictured is an image shared by Musk in October of the firm’s test tunnel in Los Angeles Elon Musk shares look inside ‘boring Company” tunnel under LA
‘I know it’s a little off-brand, but kids love it,’ Musk continued in a tweet.
But as the webpage shows, apparently Musk was being totally serious.
Musk, who founded the tunneling company, also sold Boring Company branded hats late last year.
He said the company sold 50,000 of the $20 hats, before the item sold out.
The Boring Company hasn’t indicated whether it’ll restock the hats.
IS ELON MUSK SELLING A BORING COMPANY FLAMETHROWER?
Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk appears to be selling $600 flamethrowers that bear the name of his tunneling company.
The branded Boring Company flamethrowers were briefly available on a secretive, password-protected webpage before being taken down.
The page had an option to pre-order one of the devices and said the item would ship in April.
It also noted that the flamethrower being pictured is a prototype.
‘Final production flamethrower will be better,’ the page said.
It’s unclear whether the Boring Company will actually make the device publicly available.
It’s unclear if the Boring Company will actually sell the flamethrowers to the public. Elon Musk did follow through on his promise to sell Boring Company hats, however
Now it seems the company has moved on to flamethrowers and, based on one Tesla fan’s account, it appears that they are real.
Musician D.A. Wallach paid a visit to the Boring Company’s test tunnel at the headquarters of Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX.
There, he tried out a working version of the Boring Company flamethrower. Though, as the Verge noted, the device appeared to be an Airsoft rifle that was modified to shoot flames.
While Musk faces some production troubles with Tesla, his electric car company, the Boring Company has made significant progress in the last several months.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sold 50,000 Boring Company hats last month. Now, it appears he’s doubling down on his promise to sell Boring Company flamethrowers
Earlier this week, the Boring Company presented plans to build a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting.
According to the plans, the privately-funded tunnel would carry cars on ‘electric skates’ at 150 miles per hour (240 kph) to help with LA’s ‘soul-destroying’ congestion.
The proposed route goes through West Los Angeles passing underneath Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.
WHAT IS MUSK’S ‘BORING’ PLAN?
When Musk first announced his plans to bore a tunnel to his SpaceX offices in Los Angeles, it was hard to know if he was simply venting his frustrations about being stuck in traffic.
‘Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…’, he tweeted in December last year.
He ended his rant on the social media site with: ‘I am actually going to do this’.
The billionaire first tweeted a picture of his firm’s boring machine back in February with the caption ‘Minecraft’ – a reference to the popular video game in which players dig large tunnel networks for resources.
Many have speculated that Musk will use his Boring Company to build tunnels for Hyperloop transportation systems – either for other firms or his own venture.
When he first revealed the plan in a white paper developed with his team at SpaceX, in 2012, he said he would let others build the system.
‘I don’t have any plan to execute because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla,’ he said in a conference call at the time.
But in August it appeared Musk would build his own hyperloop tunnel system in a bid to speed up adoption of the radical travel technology he invented.
According to reports from a ‘person close to Musk,’ it appears the billionaire will build the whole system himself.
Musk also hinted at it, replying to a tweet about the issues facing the various Hyperloop plans by saying ‘I guess a proof of concept is needed.’