Since the automotive industry is currently focused on electric mobility, it’s safe to say that anti-gravity propulsion systems are still a long ways away, not to mention completely theoretical, depending on which model of relativity you tend to believe.
Leave it to one Colin Furze to “solve” such issues by building a real-world replica of Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder using wheels instead of something rather unrealistic. This is his third one to date.
To be more precise, this craft is meant to resemble the one from the original 1977 movie, Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope.
The project also celebrates the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is the latest episode (Episode IX) of the sequel trilogy, meaning it takes place after the events of the original trilogy. The movie hits theaters on December 20, 2019 and was directed by J.J. Abrams.
The video shows the entire building process, which included lots of cutting, welding and polishing. The end result even features seating for two, a center console, non-working thrusters and a windscreen.
Skywalker’s original Landspeeder was designed and built by Ogle Design using the chassis of a Bond Bug (a small British two-seat, three-wheeled car built from 1970 to 1974). Even on set, the vehicles still featured their wheels, which meant the production crew had to figure out how to create the illusion that the craft was actually hovering. This one however only needs to look pretty, without having to fool anybody.
A few weeks ago, Colin Furze sold a static replica of the Landspeeder (see gallery below) on eBay for £50,000, with all proceeds going to BBC’s ‘Childrens In Need’.