Porsche’s collaboration with Disney to create a Star Wars spacecraft continues apace with a set of teaser sketches that showcase what we might see in the upcoming film.
Last month, Porsche announced a strange collaboration. The German carmaker was to be featured in the new Star Wars film, Rise of Skywalker, by creating a brand new spaceship. The ship would have “clear Porsche design DNA,” according to VP of Design Michael Mauer, and would bring together the automotive and science fiction worlds in a single project.
“Even though they do not seem to share many elements at first glance, both worlds have a similar design philosophy,” said Mauer at the time. “The close collaboration with the Star Wars design team inspires and fascinates us – I’m sure that both sides can draw major benefits from this exchange.”
Honestly, we were expecting a 911 Turbo with wings and a droid. The sketches that were presented back in October were nothing like that, but then again, they were also extremely preliminary designs.
Design teams from Porsche and Disney met many times in both Stuttgart and San Francisco in the weeks following the announcement. Now we have an update as to where they’re at with their design.
To be fair to Porsche, their first sketch looks almost nothing like a 911, and that’s a win for Star Wars fans. The second sketch explains how the overall shape of the fuselage is vaguely car-like, but other than that, it looks like it could be any ship from any planet and not a Porsche-sourced design.
The third sketch looks a bit more Porsche-like thanks to the much smoother and curved cockpit. There are also notes showing how the air inlets are inspired by the Porsche Taycan and the overall shape of the cabin is taken from the 911.
As a 3-seater craft, the cabin has more in common with a McLaren F1 than any Porsche. We’re sure some sacrifices were made to meet necessary design limitations. Or maybe McLaren is also going to start making Star Wars spaceships. We’ll find out when Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 19th.