Porsche and LucasFilm Ltd. can at last unveil the fruits of their secretive and unprecedented partnership: the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter. The highly detailed scale model, measuring 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length, will be officially revealed at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles this month.
“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.”
While safety requirements impose obvious limitations on the design process for a production vehicle, this project opened up a whole new dimension of freedom for the team. But Style Porsche faced fresh challenges in creating a purely virtual design. On the screen, the S-91x is only seen in two dimensions, and usually only appears in motion for very short periods.
A number of features familiar to Porsche are evident in the S-91x. The front is reminiscent of the so-called air curtains that form part of the headlight surround in the Taycan. The so-called ‘blasters’ are located at the tip of four-point daytime running lights also typical of Porsche. The rear grid, meanwhile, with the louvres and integrated third brake light, was inspired by the current 911 generation, and the rear section of the S-91x 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 highly ergonomic 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.
Porsche will also be showcasing the all-new Taycan at the film’s imminent premiere. “Our collaborative project with Star Wars goes perfectly with the launch of the Taycan,” says Kjell Gruner, Head of Marketing at Porsche. “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.