Porsche’s Newest Concept Is a Spaceship for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all...by Kirby Garlitos, on
Porsche is creating a new concept vehicle, only this time, it’s not the kind of concept that we’re accustomed to. The German automaker is teaming up with Lucasfilm — yes, Lucasfilm — to create a spaceship — yes, a spaceship — for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The intergalactic vehicle isn’t expected to be included in the movie, but it will be created and displayed at the premiere of the new Star Wars movie extravaganza on December 20. The timing of this Porsche-Lucasfilm collaboration could point hints to the possible use of Porsche’s new Taycan — Porsche’s first-ever EV is also slotted for a December world debut — in the design and development of the aforementioned spaceship. It’s a curious thing to say, let alone imagine a Porsche-designed spaceship for the Star Wars universe.
When I first heard about a Porsche-Star Wars collaboration, the first thing I thought of was a special edition Porsche model that would be showcased at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. The partnership itself isn’t new — Porsche and Lucasfilm launched their collabo earlier this month — but the possibilities that come with it are limitless. Since Porsche jumped into this agreement with the idea of promoting the all-new, all-electric Taycan, it seemed like a special edition, SEMA-bound Taycan with stylistic cues taken from the Star Wars franchise was a good idea.
That might still be the case, but one of the fruits of this collaboration isn’t a Star Wars-themed Porsche Taycan, but an actual spaceship that will be designed by Porsche.
Let that sink in for a few seconds. Porsche is designing and building a spaceship for Lucasfilm that will be unveiled at the premiere of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker on December 20.
Details about the spaceship have yet to be revealed since the actual design hasn’t been finalized yet. Porsche did release teaser sketches of the proposed spaceship, and as you might expect, some designs carried several of Porsche’s own trademark design cues. One sketch, in particular, showed a sleek roof that transitioned into a curved rear area, a typical Porsche design nod that the automaker’s designers are looking into transitioning into something that you’d normally see in the Star Wars Universe.
Don’t be surprised, too, if Porsche uses aesthetic cues from the Taycan to design this spaceship. It would make sense from a cross-promotional perspective since the Porsche Taycan will make its world debut right around the same time as the ninth film in the blockbuster Star Wars movie franchise hits theaters.
For now, work continues on the Porsche-designed Star Wars spaceship. Design teams from both outfits are expected to meet in San Francisco and Stuttgart in the coming weeks to agree on a final design that will then lead to Porsche building the model.
No mention was made on whether this spaceship will be a full-scale production build, but, at anything’s possible at this point.
It’s not often that you have an automaker as renowned as Porsche venturing into spaceship building. It’s exciting to think of the possibilities given that Porsche has been open to venturing into projects that don’t necessarily involve fast sports cars and luxury SUVs. What’s more, the German automaker has an upstanding partnership with Boeing to develop a flying car that will eventually lead to premium air taxi travel. But that sort of thing is muted when you compare it to a spaceship from Star Wars.
To be clear, this specific parameter of the Porsche-Lucasfilm team-up isn’t entirely new in the industry.
Lexus has ventured down this road before. Multiple times, too. It once created a small spacecraft for the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and, more recently, Toyota’s premium brand dipped its toes in spacecraft building when it developed a motorcycle-like space vehicle for Men in Black: International.
So, what can we expect from the Porsche spaceship for Star Wars? As much as I want to think of all the possibilities that will come out of it, I just can’t. That’s the truth. I can visualize something along the lines of an X-Wing fighter — the sketches show something that looks like it’s the same size as one — but beyond that, your guesses are as good as mine.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long to see what the Porsche spaceship is going to look like.