By gabe | Gabe's Declaration of Principles May 21, 2008 at 2:38AM
While driving into work today, did my imagination get the best of me? I could have sworn that the BMW X3 in front of me looked just like the face of a Storm Trooper...
When I got to the office, however, a quick Google search turned this up, an actual car inspired by a Star Wars Stormtrooper.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you: Chrystler's Avenger Stormtrooper
"Posted by Scott Anderson—Designer, Mopar® Underground
The Dodge Avenger Tuner – Stormtrooper is a ‘tricked, tuned and customized’ vehicle conceived and designed by Chrysler LLC’s Mopar Underground design team. This group of in-house automotive enthusiasts builds Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge concept project vehicles for the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show to demonstrate the flexibility that the vehicle platforms allow for parts and accessories customization.
When I began to design the Dodge Avenger Tuner – Stormtrooper, I wanted to do more than create a cool-looking custom ride. Granted, the Star Wars™-influenced aesthetics has gotten great feedback (and mentions on non-automotive blogs like c-net). However, I was mostly concerned with creating something that was as futuristic inside the cabin as it was in its styling.
The visual influences are apparent. I was a big Star Wars fan as a kid, so the styling was heavily influenced by the George Lucas aesthetic. When we started working on the fascia design and applied the bright pearl white paint coat, the project totally took on a life of its own — we had a Stormtrooper, menacing grin and all."
My original observation wasn't so far-fetched after all.
Or, as designer Scott Anderson likes to say, "The 'Force' is definitely strong with us."