Porsche and Star Wars Joined Forces To Give Us New Starship

The last movie of the Star Wars series had its Hollywood premiere on Monday, packed with celebrities hoping to hop to the stars for just one night, one company instead took a more worldly approach to celebrate The Rise of Skywalker’s release.

Star Wars is set in a universe full of spaceports and hovercars, you wouldn’t assume many collaborations with automobile companies. But just like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz before it, famous sports car maker Porsche has now joined forces with Star Wars to both bring its design language to a galaxy far, far away, as well as take a small piece of Star Wars to hyperdrive back home.

Showing at the Rise of Skywalker premiere, Porsche revealed a model of a new starship it designed for the movie, alongside its new 2020 Porsche Taycan, which has earlier been shown racing TIE Fighters in advertisements. Dubbed the Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, the new ship combines elements of X-wings and real-life cars to build a really unique class of Star Wars spaceship.

According to the Lucasfilm vice president Doug Chiang, the new Pegasus Starfighter would be a mixture of the X-wing fighter, Y-wing, and U-wing, and would be the new fastest ship in the galaxy, regardless of what Han Solo might say.

Looking at its design, the ship could surely take the Y-wing or V-wing name, if those weren’t already taken. Simple and to the point, this new collab really staples the front half of a Porsche car onto a space-flight ready American stealth bomber, then gives it some more cannons near the cockpit, as well as an astromech droid hole directly behind the pilot.

The direct mashup comes across better than one might think, adding a unique flat aesthetic to the starship’s bow that isn’t seen much elsewhere in Star Wars. Similarly, the car-like headlights give the fighter a charming, rounded appearance. These Earth-native design features help give the Pegasus a friendly demeanor, giving the audience something familiar to latch onto while they explore the galaxy.

According to Chiang, “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 in the cinematic universe.”

Speaking of spaceships existing on Earth, it seems Porsche isn’t quite done melding their design sensibilities with Star Wars, either. Aside from its consumer cars, Porsche also runs a Formula E team. For those unaware, Formula E is an offshoot of Formula 1 focused on electric cars, with its own unique rules to compensate. And while the Pegasus Starfighter is getting the most attention, Porsche also tweeted out another Rise of Skywalker premiere display this Monday, a new Formula E car that only “knows one speed: hyperdrive.”

We are not sure yet whether the Pegasus will be featured in Rise of Skywalker or if the Star Wars-style Formula E car will ever come on to the circuit, but just as with Disney’s Rise of the Resistance ride, it’s equally awesome and exciting to see Star Wars technology replicated on Earth.

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