A few weeks back, Porsche announced a collaboration with Star Wars producer Lucasfilm to create a one-off starship. Well, it’s finally here! Meet the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, a spacecraft that shares design cues from the X-wing, Y-wing, and U-wing starships from the Star Wars movies along with featuring Porsche’s distinct design DNA. Design teams from both Porsche and Lucasfilm worked on it and have built a five-foot-long highly-detailed scale model of the starfighter that will be unveiled today at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in LA. The Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter isn’t in the movie though and has only been created as a PR exercise to promote the upcoming Star Wars film.
“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.”
The cockpit has a staggered three-seat layout that resembles the one found in the iconic McLaren F1 supercar. The canopy opens similar to a fighter aircraft, while the instrument panel is said to be ‘clearly aligned with the driver’s axis’. Right behind the cockpit is the slot for an astromech droid, similar to R2D2. The entire spacecraft is incredibly detailed and looks ultra-cool. We’ll definitely want to see it in action in the next Star Wars movie.