In a galaxy not so far away—well, Hollywood—Solo: A Star Wars Story made its screen debut last week. Not only did the world premiere event bring together high profile stars from the sci-fi franchise, but one of Star Wars’ most iconic spaceships also made an appearance, courtesy of automotive company Nissan.
Through its well-established collaboration with Lucasfilm, the company transformed its Nissan Rogue compact crossover into a Millenium Falcon-inspired vehicle. And though it may not have hyperdrive capacity and certainly wouldn’t be capable of making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, the Star Wars-inspired custom show vehicle certainly captures the aesthetic and the magic of Han Solo’s beloved Millennium Falcon vessel.
The show vehicle, realized with the help of 3D printing technologies, integrates several iconic elements from the Millennium Falcon. From the custom handcrafted aluminum exterior panels and 3D printed inserts, to the roof-mounted radar dish and laser cannon, and to the multi-pane windshield, the Nissan Rogue is undeniably Nissan’s most ambitious Star Wars-inspired project to date.
“As the third instalment of our own trilogy of collaborations with Lucasfilm, we raised the bar delivering our best custom show vehicle yet,” commented Jeremy Tucker, Nissan’s vice president of marketing communications and media. “We started with the best-selling Nissan Rogue and worked with the talented concept designers at Lucasfilm and ILM. Then we turned to the experts at Vehicle Effects to bring it to life. The result is hands-down the most complete and thrilling vehicle we’ve ever done.”
It’s not just the exterior of the five-door vehicle that is dressed up, however, as, for the first time, Nissan worked with its partners to makeover the car’s interior as well. To delight Star Wars fans of all ages, the automaker redesigned the Rogue’s interior to have front and back seats inspired by the Millenium Falcon cockpit, as well as a range of fun buttons and light and sound effects. The pièce de résistance is the iconic hyperdrive control panel mounted front and center.
The custom made car also features an impressive “subspace-hyperdrive unit” on its rear, which mimics the Millennium Falcon with its glowing blue panel. Finally, a set of three high-mounted Bose speakers and a built-in Bose subwoofer are integrated to emit the mechanical and sci-fi noises characteristic of the space ship.
As the wait for Solo: A Star Wars Stoey gradually shortens (it’s due out next week!), seeing the magic of the Millennium Falcon brought to life on the red carpet has certainly upped my excitement for the film. As with last year’s Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition vehicle and Nissan’s other Star Wars projects, the Millennium Falcon-inspired car was realized in collaboration with California-based Vehicle Effects.