After an earlier collaboration with Lucasfilm, Nissan has expanded its association with the Star Wars movie by creating seven Star Wars-themed concept vehicles which are now in display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The latest collaboration for the new movie – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – sees the carmaker designing unique vehicles based on popular Nissan models.
The models are the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, Maxima, and TITAN and specific themes for each vehicle were developed by artists inside the offices of Lucasfilm, whose team penned the designs, guiding colours, textures and graphics pairing the vehicles with a craft or character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Each concept model features a unique approach, including extras such as hydro-dipped graphics, surround sound and aged exterior design to show simulated use in battle. With designs complete, the legendary Hollywood vehicle fabricators at Vehicle Effects in California, brought the sketches to life.
The Special Forces TIE Fighter is a strike fighter used by the First Order’s elite Special Forces pilots. This is fittingly recreated using the Altima and the showcar features custom body enhancements, bringing it in line with a member of the First Order’s fleet.
The car’s stand-out feature is the cockpit window that brings the multi-paned look of the TIE fighter to the Altima’s windscreen. Custom wheels and full-body wrap bring the dual-winged spacecraft to life. Speakers at each corner recreate the iconic TIE Fighter and blaster sounds, creating a true sense of motion. Each wheel features the centerpiece of a TIE Fighter wing applied through a hydro-dipping process.
Drawing on the existing aggressive design language of the Maxima, this showcar is transformed into a truly sinister sedan. Designers merged Kylo Ren’s unmistakable black and silver facemask with the Maxima’s V-motion design language using a single block of milled aluminium for the front. A custom front lower spoiler, impactful bonnet and body are coated to exacting character colour-matching specifications. The project is completed with a set of red signature headlights and underbody lighting that pulse at random – similar to Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsabre.
Engineered for speed and astute handling capability, the Maxima is the perfect car to replicate Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer – one of the new space vehicles to appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This one-off TIE Silencer is customized to Kylo’s specifications with laser cannons and missile launchers affixed to the vehicle’s distinct wings – stretching the entire length of the car. Crimson lighting in the grille and underneath give this concept an amazing true-to-life feel. Sound effects pulled directly from the movie take this one to the next level, truly blurring the lines between fantasy and reality.
Also joining the First Order ranks, the Captain Phasma Maxima (shown below) is covered in high-gloss silver armour and bears an unmistakable mask of the strong female character in the film. Its fascia and hood are each hand-crafted from aluminium. A red accent line runs the length of the car, with ground effects to further its intimidating look. The Captain Phasma Maxima is also a celebration of female strength. Nissan’s Maxima team is led by a female engineer; the designer for this vehicle was a female from ILM; the vehicle’s brand director is a female; and the vehicle was created to celebrate one of the toughest female warriors in the galaxy.
Poe Dameron’s X-wing leads the New Republic Starfleet, with massive fixed wings spanning either side of its Rogue foundation. Ready for action, the T-70 X-Wing Starfighter (shown above) features a pair of illuminating thrusters, while quad laser cannons integrated into each wingtip make the craft ready for battle. Sitting atop the crossover is a full-size BB-8 astromech droid with functioning lights, motion and sound. A rugged tyre and wheel package draws parallels to the rugged valour of the Resistance.
Quick and nimble, the A-wing is a perfect fit for the Rogue Sport it is built upon (shown above). Dual thrusters at the rear of the vehicle are illuminated, while top-mounted fins mimic the A-wing’s design. Its wheels are painted blue to match the craft’s accents with new tyres fitted to provide a wide stance. Laser cannons flank the vehicle and a detailed wrap complete with battle damage prove it’s a vehicle ready for almost anything.