Porsche designs Star Wars starship, inspired by Taycan SUV elements

Designers from Porsche AG and Lucasfilm have joined forces to develop a fantasy starship that brings together the design DNA of the two brands.
By HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 16 Dec 2019, 03:26 PM
Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter (Photo courtesy: newsroom.porsche.com)
Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter (Photo courtesy: newsroom.porsche.com)

What happens when two worlds separated by time and space come together to build a starship? Well, Porsche joined forces with Lucasfilm and has come up with a fantasy starship based on its electric vehicle Taycan.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@Porsche)
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@Porsche)

The fantasy starship is named Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter.

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Though it will not feature in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a scale model of the starship, measuring 5 feet in length, will be displayed at the film premiere this week in Los Angeles.

“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.

A glance at the details reveals several features familiar from the Porsche design style. The basic shape of the cabin, which tapers towards the rear, and a highly distinctive topography from the cockpit to the turbines establish visual parallels with the iconic design of the 911 and the Taycan.

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 louvres and integrated third brake light was inspired by the current 911 generation, and the rear section of the starship bears the brand’s hallmark light bar.

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.

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.

Watch how the starship was given shape by Porsche and Lucasfilm

“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," says Kjell Gruner, Head of Marketing at Porsche.

Porsche will also be showcasing the all-new Taycan at the premiere event in Los Angeles.

First Published Date: 16 Dec 2019, 11:21 AM IST

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