A Porsche With Room for Your R2 Unit

Star Wars. Porsche. Star Wars Porsche. Skeptical? Don't be. Porsche—creator of some of history's greatest sports cars—and Lucasfilm—creator of one fo the greatest science fiction franchises—have teamed up to create the Porsche-style starship of your dreams (well, maybe our dreams), and this is the stunning result: the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter.

A mouthful, for sure, but a fitting name for starship from the Star Wars universe. The design, which came from a two-month-long collaboration between the two powerhouses, took cues from the 911 and the Taycan and managed to create a Star Wars starship with a distinct Porsche style. Keep a lookout for it at the premier of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles, where a 5-foot-long model will be on display. As well, don't be surprised if the Tri-Wing shows up in future Star Wars installments.

Read the full press release below:

 

Stuttgart/Los Angeles. Designers from Porsche AG and Lucasfilm Ltd. have joined forces to develop a fantasy starship that brings together the design DNA of the two brands. Over a period of two months, the project team worked together at their respective design studios in Weissach and San Francisco to create initial ideas and drafts before finally coming up with a concrete concept. The fantasy starship, named Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, will be presented as a detailed model measuring 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length at the December film premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 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. “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.”

“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,” says Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm. “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.”

While legal requirements impose certain restrictions on creativity in the classic design process for a series-production vehicle, this project opens up a whole new dimension of freedom. At the same time, the Style Porsche team faced fresh challenges, since creating a purely virtual design is demanding, too. On the screen, the starship is only seen in two dimensions, while classic series-production vehicles appear physically in three dimensions. In addition, starships usually only appear dynamically in the film and are only visible for a brief moment – so the design has to create an impression and be recognisable within a matter of seconds. 

A glance at the details reveals a number of features familiar from the Porsche design style. 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. 

“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. A special behind the scenes look at how the finished starship came to be is now available online at  www.TheDesignerAlliance.com which was produced in partnership with WIRED Brand Lab.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/13/19 12:41 p.m.

Just noticed that the driver position is more McLaren (or even Ferrari) than Porsche. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/13/19 12:46 p.m.
Jerry
Jerry UberDork
12/13/19 1:11 p.m.

The 501st Legion selected a member from each state to come to LA for the premiere.  I did not want to ship my costume across country so I didn't enter.  I think our CO got picked (we won't know till it happens, big NDA stuff.)

That said, I also know someone in the R2 Builders Club with a full size and working R2 that might need a ship now.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia Dork
12/13/19 3:02 p.m.

How fast will it go around the Ring ?

barefootskater
barefootskater SuperDork
12/13/19 3:17 p.m.
californiamilleghia said:

How fast will it make the kessel run?

FTFY

_
_ Dork
12/13/19 4:01 p.m.

In reply to barefootskater :

20 parsnips. 

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
12/13/19 4:11 p.m.

A Starfighter with snap-oversteer...

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
12/13/19 4:38 p.m.

That looks like a Porsche in the same way that the new Taycan is turbocharged...

Tesla cyberwing:

 

Chevrolet Sierra:

This is too easy...

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 Dork
12/13/19 6:03 p.m.

I don't see the Porsche styling cues. And car companies diversifying into flight, ask Henry Ford how that worked out.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia Dork
12/13/19 6:18 p.m.

Porsche made Airplane motors  for Mooney , amd also Blimp engines......

and 356 motors for Helicopters ......

None worked at Light Speed !

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon SuperDork
12/13/19 6:43 p.m.
TurnerX19 said:

I don't see the Porsche styling cues. And car companies diversifying into flight, ask Henry Ford how that worked out.

I’ve heard car companies building planes works out if there’s a war on. 

Cool spaceship though, when’s the LEGO kit coming? :)

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
12/13/19 7:56 p.m.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
12/13/19 8:28 p.m.
TurnerX19 said:

I don't see the Porsche styling cues. And car companies diversifying into flight, ask Henry Ford how that worked out.

Daimler-Benz did ok. What about SAAB?

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
12/13/19 10:53 p.m.

The Ford Trimotor was a huge success, so were the Liberators that Ford built.

Eastern Aircraft (General Motors) built Hellcats.

Lycoming and Continental have both built more aircraft engines than the automobile / industrial / marine engines they started with.

Franklin built the engines that went in the Bell helicopters (Think MASH)

There were Packard-built Merlins in the P51 Mustangs...

Bristol, aircraft.

Mitsubishi, aircraft.

Kawasaki, aircraft.

Honda, aircraft.

Fiat, aircraft.

BMW, aircraft and motorcycles.

Bugatti, aero engines.

Duesenberg, aero engines.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/14/19 7:59 p.m.

I will say this: I am glad the astromech actually has some protection. In the X wing, Y wing, and the Jedi Starfighters the top of the mech was completely visible to any enemy fire. At least now it has the "sail panels" off of the cockpit for side protection

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
12/14/19 9:08 p.m.

Not clear why it's called a tri-wing, since it has two wings (and two horizontal stabilizers). Not that any wings are needed for spaceflight, of course. I mean, an actual Porsche GT3 with some thrusters bolted onto various areas would be just as effective :)

 

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
12/14/19 9:10 p.m.
ebonyandivory said:
TurnerX19 said:

I don't see the Porsche styling cues. And car companies diversifying into flight, ask Henry Ford how that worked out.

Daimler-Benz did ok. What about SAAB? 

Seems to have worked out fine for SAAB :)

Image result for saab viggen and gripen

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
12/15/19 6:47 a.m.
ebonyandivory said:

A Starfighter with snap-oversteer...

You have to be the best starpilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim MegaDork
12/15/19 7:53 a.m.

Great, now you have to worry about *two* IMS bearings.

Warlock
Warlock
12/15/19 12:27 p.m.
irish44j said:
ebonyandivory said:
TurnerX19 said:

I don't see the Porsche styling cues. And car companies diversifying into flight, ask Henry Ford how that worked out.

Daimler-Benz did ok. What about SAAB? 

Seems to have worked out fine for SAAB :)

Image result for saab viggen and gripen

Actually, SAAB, Bristol, and even BMW (which started making aircraft engines) started out in the aero industry, and diversified into cars -- BMW after WWI, SAAB and Bristol after WWII.

codrus
codrus UberDork
12/15/19 1:22 p.m.

Rolls Royce seems to have done OK in the aircraft industry as well..

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
12/15/19 1:36 p.m.

This isn't the Porsche I was looking for. 

earlybroncoguy1
earlybroncoguy1 New Reader
12/16/19 4:34 p.m.

Think of all the womprats you could bulls'eye with that thing.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/16/19 5:09 p.m.
mad_machine said:

I will say this: I am glad the astromech actually has some protection. In the X wing, Y wing, and the Jedi Starfighters the top of the mech was completely visible to any enemy fire. At least now it has the "sail panels" off of the cockpit for side protection

And, while you're at it, why not give the R2 unit a rear gun? 

Kinda like:

 

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/18/19 9:00 a.m.
Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/18/19 5:01 p.m.
TurnerX19 said:
 And car companies diversifying into flight, ask Henry Ford how that worked out.

I dunno. This 5-AT-B Trimotor has been flying for 91 years, so they did some things right.

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