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Porsche-Designed Starship Will Feature in Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Film

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Porsche has teamed up with Lucasfilm, the production company behind Star Wars, to create a starship that will be featured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the last film in the sequel trilogy and the one that will mark the end of the Skywalker saga.

Porsche’s design team will meet regularly in Stuttgart and in San Francisco over the coming weeks to design the starship and craft a corresponding 3D model. “Developing a spacecraft with clear Porsche design DNA is exciting and challenging,” said Michael Mauer, the man behind the exterior and interior of all Porsche cars since 2004.

It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how Porsche can apply its classic designs to a Star Wars spaceship, as the vehicles in the sci-fi franchise tend to look very industrial, with lots of external details, textured surfaces and exposed bits. Porsche, on the other hand, tends to stick to simple designs with clean shapes and minimal surface details.

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“We are bringing together two worlds with this project: the exotic film design of a galaxy far, far away and the precision work that goes into developing emotive Porsche sports cars,” said Doug Chiang, VP and executive creative director of Lucasfilm. “This collaboration promises to produce an innovative design that will blend the best of both brands to create an exciting new starship worthy of Porsche and Star Wars.”

The ship Porsche will design will be a New Republic light assault starship with between two to four engines, a max crew of five, two pilots, and a large rear cargo door. The website linked below features a few early concepts, though non-designers may be hard-pressed to see the similarities with real-life Porsche models.

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The starship will be unveiled at the film’s premiere in December, where Porsche will also showcase its new all-electric Taycan sports car.

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