Stuttgart teams up with movie giant to design a fantasy fighter with sports car-derived design cues
Felix Page Autocar writer
13 December 2019

Porsche has teamed up with Star Wars producer Lucasfilm to create a one-off spacecraft to promote the next instalment in the space-themed film franchise. 

Named Tri-Wing S-91 x Pegasus Starfighter, the starship will be presented as a five-foot-long scale model at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on 16 December. 

The design process was undertaken by members of Porsche’s Weissach-based studio in conjunction with their counterparts at Lucasfilms San Francisco HQ. The result is an aircraft that bears a strong resemblance to iconic vehicles from the Star Wars franchise, while displaying a number of elements inspired by Porsche models. 

The vehicle’s front end references that of the new Taycan EV, with horizontally aligned headlight clusters that are flanked by prominent air intakes, while at the rear a 911-style louvred panel contains a centrally mounted third brake light. The brand’s trademark rear light bar also features. 

Inside, low-mounted sports seats are modelled on those in the 918 Spyder hypercar, while the instrument panel is said to be ‘clearly aligned with the driver’s axis’. 

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Michael Mauer, Vice President of Porsche’s styling department, said: “The design of the spaceship is harmoniously integrated into the Star Wars film world, while at the same time demonstrating clear analogies with the characteristic Porsche styling and proportions.

“The basic shape of the cabin, which tapers towards the rear, and a highly distinctive topography from the cockpit flyline to the turbines establish visual parallels with the iconic design of the 911 and the Taycan.”

Porsche will look to emphasise the design link between the fictional aircraft and its new Taycan production model by displaying the two side-by-side at the Star Wars premiere later this month. 

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13 December 2019

 Two hundred years maybe?

13 December 2019

In a galaxy far far away, maybe. 200 years ?!? Whatever.... zzzzzzzzzz

13 December 2019
Is it in the film or is it just a model at the premier?

13 December 2019

Although not sure why it needs air intakes and brake lights! Looking forward to Episode IX.

13 December 2019

A Porsche Fighter. YEAH!

13 December 2019

Not much Porsche in it, but it does look cool.

 

13 December 2019

Why the heck is this Automotive News? Is Autocar that desperate to advertise their VAG sponsor ?

13 December 2019

What's the point in having your astro droid so far away from your engines?

 

Poor design.

13 December 2019

Taycan, no.  911, no.  English Electric Lightning, quite a bit.

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