Saturday, December 9, 2017

Nissan Shows Off 7 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Inspired Vehicles


In anticipation for the release of the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Nissan unveiled not one, not two, but 7 themed cars that take inspiration from the different characters and crafts in the upcoming space fantasy saga.

The Japanese carmaker’s second collaboration with the movie franchise (the first one being Rogue One: A Star Wars story last year), Lucasfilm and artists at Industrial Light & Magic created these concept cars based off the Rogue (X-Trail), Rogue Sport (Qashqai), Altima, and Maxima.


The designs were then put to life by vehicle fabricators at Vehicle Effects in California. Artists and craftsmen approached each vehicle uniquely and used a variety of techniques such as hydro-dipped graphics to show age and battle scars.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be shown in the Philippines starting Wednesday, December 13.


Nissan Altima – Special Forces TIE Fighter

The Special Forces TIE Fighter is a strike fighter used by the First Order’s elite Special Forces pilots. This is recreated using the Nissan Altima sedan. The show vehicle features custom body enhancements, bringing it in line with a member of the First Order’s fleet. The vehicle’s standout feature is the cockpit window that brings the multi-paned look of the Special Forces TIE fighter to the Altima’s windshield. 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.


Nissan Maxima – Kylo Ren

Drawing on the Maxima’s design, this show vehicle 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 aluminum for the front of the 4-Door Sports Car. A custom front lower spoiler, impactful hood, and body are coated to exacting character color-matching specifications. The project is completed with a set of red signature headlights and underbody lighting that pulse at random that’s reminiscent of Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber.



Nissan Maxima – Kylo Ren TIE Silencer

The Nissan Maxima is once again used as the base to replicate Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer: one of the new crafts 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.


Nissan Maxima – Captain Phasma

Also joining the First Order ranks, the Captain Phasma Maxima is covered in high-gloss silver armor and bears an unmistakable mask of the strong female character in the film. Its fascia and hood are each hand-crafted from aluminum. 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 woman 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.



Nissan Rogue (X-Trail) – Poe Dameron’s X-Wing with BB-8

Poe Dameron’s X-wing leads the New Republic starfleet, with massive fixed wings spanning either side of its Nissan Rogue foundation. Ready for action, the T-70 X-wing starfighter 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 tire and wheel package draws parallels to the rugged valor of the Resistance.



Nissan Rogue Sport – A-wing

The A-wing is a perfect fit for the Rogue Sport it is built upon. 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 tires 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.



Nissan Titan – AT-M6

Considering the AT-M6 is the largest vehicle in the First Order’s arsenal for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Nissan chose the Nissan TITAN as this show car’s base. The show truck features a massive megacaliber cannon affixed to its back and a custom body wrap reminiscent of the film’s massive First Order walker. Wheels receive hydro-dip graphics to mimic a walker’s leg joints, while a 1-foot lift kit is applied to promote its destructive appearance. Designers insisted on installing a sound system capable of mimicking the walker’s ground-stomping movements, effectively bringing the vehicle to life. An 18-inch bed-mounted sub-woofer with a companion surround sound system will produce a planet-thumping 5,000 watts, set to closely capture the reverberation of a First Order walker.

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