AN UNEXPECTED new (rebel) alliance has been formed, as Porsche and the Star Wars creator Lucasfilm have joined forces to design an all-new vehicle for the space fantasy franchise.

While Porsche’s back catalogue is littered with machines that have dominated racing events the world over, the Stuttgart-based firm’s first attempt at making a Star Wars vehicle won’t be lining up on the grid for the Boonta Eve podrace on Tatooine anytime soon. Instead, the (deep breath) Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter is, as its name suggests, designed with outer space dogfighting in mind.

Porsche hasn’t revealed any details on the arsenal the Pegasus is packing, though the renders of the starship show it has a pair of blaster cannons mounted in the nose. The Tri-Wing’s thrust comes from the two large engines mounted in the swept-back wings.

Although Lucasfilm didn’t say for which faction in the Star Wars universe the Porsche ship was designed, it is clearly a weapon for the Rebel Alliance to use in its fight against the evil Galactic Empire. An R2-D2-style astromech droid can be seen mounted behind the cockpit, and one of the renders shows a pilot donning the distinctive rebel fighter squadron uniform of white helmet and orange flight suit.

Lucasfilm’s creative director Doug Chiang says the project’s design brief was to blend the aesthetics of the Rebel Alliance’s iconic X-Wing and Y-Wing fighter craft from the original Star Wars trilogy, with the pure-electric Porsche Taycan high performance production car.

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