We look at Garage Italia Customs’ (GIC) Fiat 500e Stormtrooper, on display this week at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we see our world’s colliding – our love for cars smashing headlong into our love for the Star Wars franchise. Ok, so the custom electric subcompact is not as cool as GIC building, for example, a real life AT-AT walker, or TIE fighter, but our inner sci-fi geek won’t let us hate on the two-tone machine because it’s Star Wars!
Fiat’s parent company FCA tapped GIC to build the 500e to help promote the seventh film in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters in the US on December 18 (as if it needs help). The two-colored livery is inspired by the armor of the First Order Legion, with the windshield and side windows wrapped in a tinted film to bring out the visor and helmet of a First Order stormtrooper. Customized badges with the First Order insignia have replaced the Fiat emblems; the same logo is also found on the wheel rims painted in black to match the Pirelli limited edition white sidewall tires.
GIC chose to match a particular type of perforated black leather for the seats and their backing with a unique kind of white leather that covers the seat sides. The final result is further embellished with Alcantara® piping and a central panel in black leather with contrasting stitching. The headrests feature hand-embroidered First Order insignias, while the steering wheel has been upholstered in two-colored leather. Further mods include a dash painted white, plastic bits varnished in black and white with a special lacquered effect, and the headliner and pillars covered in white Alcantara®.
Is the 500e Stormtrooper gaudy? Oh, hell yes. But it’s still super cool, and we’d totally roll around in it. At least for a day.
Fiat 500E Stormtrooper Tech Data
− Two-tone black and white painting inspired by the First Order Legion armor − Black painted mirrors
− Black painted wheel rims with central custom First Order insignia
− Two-tone black and white custom Pirelli Tires
− First Order insignia on all the emblems
− Custom glass screen referencing inspired by First Order stormtrooper − Total white windscreen wipers
− Red neon kit on the back (under the car)
− White and black leather seats, with contrasting stitching, Alcantara® one off piping and perforated leather
− Black leather headrests with embroidered First Order insignia
− Black leather console with contrasting stitching
− Black and white leather door panels with contrasting stitching
− White-painted dashboard with Star Wars logo on passenger side
− Two-colored white/black leather steering wheel with contrasting stitching − White Alcantara® pillars and headliner
− White and black details with special lacquered effect