Lucasfilm shows off new Porsche-designed starship ahead of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' premiere
Sure, they are hard at work already designing the next-generation 911, but Porsche designers took a little time out of their schedule to work on a different type of passion project, a Star Wars starship.
Design studies in Weissach and San Francisco worked together to create initial ideas and drafts for two months before settling on the creative concept. Its name is Sri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter.
The concept will be presented in its entirety at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles on December 16. The model is five feet in length.
"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, 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."
Though starships are usually only seen on-screen in 2D. However, that design has to give the impression that the vehicle is dynamic while being instantly recognizable. Porsche designed the Sri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter in 3D.
This Starfighter is infused with design DNA that is apparent in modern Porsche models. According to Porsche,
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.
Porsche's first all-electric car, the 2020 Taycan, will appear alongside the spacecraft on the red carpet at the premiere.
A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the starship is available online at www.thedesigneralliance.com.