Lexus’ single-seat, conceptual spacecraft will be featured in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


Engineers at Lexus have recently unveiled a one-of-a-kind, single-seat spaceship concept that is so ridiculously futuristic that it will likely not be available for another 700 years or so. Similar to the company’s upcoming Lexus LC coupe in some respects, the SkyJet is all set to be featured in Luc Besson’s new sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Envisioned as a vehicle for space pursuit, this stunning piece of machinery boasts a streamlined, tubular design that gradually tapers towards the rear jet. Additionally, there are two pairs of specially-designed, side-mounted wings, two separate pairs of wings attached to the structure’s underside as well as a vertical rear fin. The front of the spaceship features large air inlets on both sides, while the cockpit is designed to provide near-panoramic views of the surroundings.


According to the company’s chief engineer Takeaki Kato, the fictional Skyket possesses headlights similar to those found on the LC coupe, and also bears the brand’s signature mesh grille and logo. Speaking about the amazingly futuristic spacecraft, David Nordstorm, the general manager of Lexus’ Global Branding Department, said:

As fans of films and Luc’s previous work, Lexus is privileged to help bring Luc’s dream to life. We enjoyed the challenge of bringing Lexus’ design philosophy and technology innovations to this project.


In case you are curious, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on French graphic novel collection Valérian and Laureline. Slated for release in 2017, the Luc Besson-directed film focuses on two special operatives, Valerian and Laureline, as they try to maintain order in human territories across the universe.

Watch out for a glimpse of the Skyjet (at 1:17) in the movie’s trailer:

Via: New Atlas

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