Previously we reported that Porsche is in close works with Lucasfilm to make a star ship of its own. Just in time for the world premier of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it seems they finally have one to cross galaxies far, far away.
Dubbed the Tri-Wing S-91X Pegasus Starfighter, Porsche’s newest (albeit) fictional flyer can and will be seen in the Rise of Skywalker movie if only for a few fleeting moments. This was the challenge on Porsche’s part in that they needed to come up with a design that is recognizable, and one that will leave an impression in only a few seconds.
"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. 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," said Doug Chiang, vice president and executive creative director for Lucasfilm.
Clearly, Porsche details have been well incorporated into the Pegasus’ design. 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 rear grid with the louvers and integrated third brake light was inspired by the current 911 generation. Finally, the rear section of the starship bears the brand’s hallmark light bar.
On the inside, the instruments in the cockpit are clearly aligned with the driver’s reach, while the low seating position is reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder. All in all, the design follows a basic principle that is characteristic of the brand: all the elements on the exterior have a clear function, and purely visual features have largely been dispensed with.
“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,” said Kjell Gruner, Head of Marketing at Porsche. Porsche will also be showcasing the all-new Taycan at the premiere event in Los Angeles.
Many can say that inasmuch as characters play the most integral of roles on the silver screen, the movies’ vehicles also share just as much of the limelight. With different brands collaborating and making their presence felt on-screen, Porsche seems to be a step, or more like a couple of parsecs, ahead of the rest.