Porsche unveils fictional starship celebrating launch of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.'
Star Wars fanatics have been counting down the days until the release of episode 9 'The Rise of Skywalker,' which opens in US theaters on December 20. The release of a new Star Wars film is always a major cultural event, and 'The Rise of Skywalker' is no exception since it will be the final chapter of the long-running Skywalker saga.
Carmakers have capitalized on the popularity of Star Wars in the past with special edition models such as the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Edition. Porsche, on the other hand, has taken this a step further and partnered with Lucasfilm to design a one-off starship. After teasing its creation, Porsche has unveiled the final design of its fictional starship, and it looks very slick.
Called the 'Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter,' the starship took two months to design. Sadly, it won't appear in the new film but will be presented as a detailed model measuring five feet long at the December film premiere of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' in Los Angeles. Free from the legal requirements of series-production cars, Porsche's team designed a starship that wouldn't look out of place in a Star Wars, yet it still uses recognizable design elements inspired by Porsche's road cars.
The nose, for example, is inspired by the air inlets pm the Porsche Taycan, while the headlights mimic Porsche's four-point daytime running lights. Elsewhere, the rear louvers and integrated third brake light were inspired by the current Porsche 911, and the rear section of the starship features the automaker's signature light bar.
More similarities can be found inside, with the cockpit instruments aligned with the driver's axis and a low seating position that's reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder.
"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," said Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG. "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."