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Nissan's 'Star Wars' Altima inspired by First Order TIE fighter

This mean machine is the product of a collaboration between Nissan, Lucasfilm, and Hollywood fabrication shop Vehicle Effects.

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Ashley Esqueda

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The 2018 Nissan Altima got a radical TIE fighter-themed transformation. 

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The custom car features 3D printed panels, a rounded windshield, a roof hatch, a full body wrap, light and sound effects.

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The custom fabricated windshield is one of the coolest parts of the car.

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The entire project took about 6 months to design, fabricate, and finalize. 

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A car like this would definitely turn some heads on Los Angeles freeways; sadly, we didn't get a test drive.

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The front end of the car has laser cannons that use the same 3D models as the TIE fighters in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

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Each side has three TIE wing panels -- they're 3D printed and made to reflect a squad of spacecraft instead of a single fighter. 

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The car's custom wrap is also pulled directly from texture and model files Lucasfilm provided to the Vehicle Effects team. 

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Ready and waiting for a First Order Special Forces TIE pilot. 

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We'd almost trade seeing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for this car....almost.

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The car also has external speakers equipped, and can make the classic TIE fighter screeches and cannon sounds. 

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After seeing these, we hope laser cannons are the next big car innovation. 

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Another view, this time from the passenger side of the car. 

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Those TIE wing panels are serious business, but being able to rapid prototype via 3D printing definitely helped speed up the build process. 

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We're 99.9% sure the Nissan logo doesn't show up on TIE fighters in the Star Wars universe, but maybe we haven't been looking close enough.

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The back of the car doesn't have too many modifications, but it has clean lines. 

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Attention, TIE pilots: Do not attempt to use the entry hatch as a sunroof while flying missions. 

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