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Coming to a Porsche showroom far, far away… Supercar maker unveils Star Wars spaceship

Coming to a Porsche showroom far, far away… Supercar maker unveils Tri-Wing starfighter it has designed to celebrate the launch of Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker 

  • The 5ft model will be presented at the Los Angeles premier of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ next month
  • The Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter takes design inspiration from the Porsche 911, Taycan and 918 Spyder
  • The two months of work took place at Porsche in Weissach, Germany, and Lucasfilm in San Francisco, USA

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Porsche has teamed up with Star Wars to create a fantasy spaceship called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter to celebrate the latest movie in the George Lucas franchise.

The 5ft model, which took two months to create, is to be presented at the Los Angeles premier of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ next month.

The designers say it is a fusion of Porsche and Star Wars DNA, with the curvature of the cockpit inspired by the 911 and Taycan car models. 

The spacecraft is fitted with air intakes and lights which are taken from the Taycan’s design, while the rear end’s slats and lights were drawn from the current 911.

The 5ft model, which took two months to create, is to be presented at the Los Angeles premier of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ next month. The designers say it is a fusion of Porsche and Star Wars DNA, with the curvature of the cockpit inspired by the 911 and Taycan car models.

Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG said: '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. The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned.'

Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG said: ‘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. The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned.’ 

The front is reminiscent of the so-called “air curtains” (air inlets) that go together with the headlights to create a single formal entity in the Taycan. In addition to the four-point daytime running light typical of Porsche, the so-called “blasters” – long gun barrels at the front – are located at the tip

The front is reminiscent of the so-called ‘air curtains’ (air inlets) that go together with the headlights to create a single formal entity in the Taycan. In addition to the four-point daytime running light typical of Porsche, the so-called ‘blasters’ – long gun barrels at the front – are located at the tip

Porsche design criteria have been applied to the interior, too: the instruments in the cockpit are clearly aligned with the driver's axis, while the low seating position is reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche design criteria have been applied to the interior, too: the instruments in the cockpit are clearly aligned with the driver’s axis, while the low seating position is reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche design is imprinted on the interior too, with a low, sporty seating position reminiscent of the 918 Spyder.

And the overall design is based on Porsche’s ethos for a purpose-led appearance, with all of the elements in the exterior having a clear function and purely visual features dispensed with.

For example, the German car’s classic four-point daytime running light – commonly known as ‘blasters’ – are fitted either side of the long gun barrels at the tips of the spacecraft. 

For team of Star Wars designers it presented a novel challenge because they are used to creating a two-dimensional design which appears on a cinema screen for a brief flicker. 

‘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,’ says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG.

Porsche design is imprinted on the interior too, with a low, sporty seating position reminiscent of the 918 Spyder. And the overall design is based on Porsche's ethos for a purpose-led appearance, with all of the elements in the exterior having a clear function and purely visual features dispensed with.

Porsche design is imprinted on the interior too, with a low, sporty seating position reminiscent of the 918 Spyder. And the overall design is based on Porsche’s ethos for a purpose-led appearance, with all of the elements in the exterior having a clear function and purely visual features dispensed with.

'This collaboration is an amazing opportunity to merge the design aesthetics of Porsche and Star Wars. I found it to be creatively challenging and extremely inspiring,' says Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm. 'It is thrilling to infuse Star Wars with Porsche styling to create an iconic new spaceship that could exist both on Earth or in the cinematic universe'

‘This collaboration is an amazing opportunity to merge the design aesthetics of Porsche and Star Wars. I found it to be creatively challenging and extremely inspiring,’ says Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm. ‘It is thrilling to infuse Star Wars with Porsche styling to create an iconic new spaceship that could exist both on Earth or in the cinematic universe’

Mauer added: ‘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.

‘The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned.’

Kjell Gruner, Head of Marketing at Porsche, added: ‘Our collaborative project with Star Wars goes perfectly with the launch of the Taycan. The design teams have brought the differing worlds of Porsche and Star Wars together to make a very special gift for the fans of the two brands.’

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