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ABB FIA Formula E newcomers Porsche joined forces with Star Wars creator Lucasfilm to design an all-new vehicle for the space fantasy franchise, to celebrate the launch of the latest film Rise of Skywalker. In time for the premiere in Los Angeles, the marque rolled out a special edition Gen2 Formula E car. Here's all you need to know.
Weeks after the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team made its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with a podium at the Diriyah E-Prix, the German power house made an appearance on the red carpet with a special edition Formula E car to celebrate the launch of the latest Star Wars film, the Rise of Skywalker.
Designed by a team of seven designers from Porsche and Star Wars, the project to design an all-new vehicle for the space fantasy franchise played out over the course of six weeks. The result? A one-of-a-kind space ship called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter. Catchy, right?
With both teams united, the squad got to work on merging both Lucasfilm and Porsche's design ethos, to produce a vehicle that combines design cues from the automaker as well as iconic vehicles within space franchise. Of course, nods to the marque's new all-electric Taycan and legendary 911 lie within the Pegasus Starfighter.
“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.
“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, says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG. "The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned.”
Lining up outside the film's premiere in Los Angeles, the Taycan stood side by side with the new Pegasus Starfighter and a special edition 99X Formula E car, wearing a unique Star Wars livery. With the film making its public debut on December 20, 2019, time will tell if the Porsche-designed spaceship managed to make the final cut.
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