How do Holden cars compare with Star Wars craft?

Elizabeth Barry 31 August 2015 NEWS

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How does the Commodore's Parsec Rank stack up against the Millennium Falcon? And just how much would it cost to buy the Death Star?

The wait is finally over. You've been searching for the answers and you've found them at last. As Holden and Disney join forces (no pun intended) to promote the Star Wars franchise, we've drawn the battle lines and compared the two realms' choice vehicles.

We know who would win when it comes to leaving holes big enough for your enemies to shoot through, but how quickly can you get to where you need to be? And how many people and/or droids can you fit in your vehicle?

We've selected a range of ships from the New Republic, Rebel Alliance, Galactic Republic and Holden cars from the past quarter-century to compare them side-by-side to help you make and informed choice for your transportation needs. To ensure the comparison is rigorous, we've also created a new measurement metric: the Parsec Rank.

Before Holden lets those storm troopers into the car...

Vehicle Seats Maximum Speed (km/h) Length of Vehicle (m) Parsec Rank
YT-1300 Light Freighter 17 800 34.75 45
MC80 Evacuation Cruiser 200,000 600 1,200 400,000
Marauder-Class Corvette 80 850 195 227
Imperial II-Class Star Destroyer 9,700 975 1600 31,525
Warrior-Class Gunship 10 1,050 190 35
EF76 Nebulon-B Escort Frigate 75 800 300 200
Lucrehulk-Class Battleship 100,000+ 500 3,170 166,667
Providence-Class Carrier/Destroyer 48,247 1,050 1,088 168,865
Sentinel-Class Landing Craft 75 1,000 38 250
Hajen-Class Fleet Tender 6 1,000 375 20
1994 Holden HSV GTS VR/VS Series 5 254 4.86 4
2014 Holden HSV Gen-F Senator (VF) 5 288 4.96 5
2010 Holden Commodore SV6 (VE) 5 256 4.89 4
1992 Holden Commodore S Sedan (VP) 5 220 4.89 4
2012 HSV Clubsport (VEII) 5 281 4.98 5
2015 HSV Senator (VF) 5 288 4.96 5
2009 HSV W427 (VE) 5 250 4.94 4
2015 Holden Caprice V-Series (WN) 5 276 5.16 5
2011 Holden Commodore SV6 (VEII) 5 256 4.90 4
2007 HSV Senator Signature (VE) 5 288 4.94 5

*Seat count does not include crew members or deactivated battle droids for Star Wars vehicles *Speed is maximum atmospheric speed

How we calculated the Parsec Rank

In Episode IV: A New Hope, Han Solo famously claimed he had "made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs". This is an idiotic statement, since a parsec is a measure of distance, not time. In the Star Wars universe, a parsec equates to 3.26 light years. We can't imagine anyone will own a Holden for that long.

We can't compare the performance of ships travelling at light speed with earthbound vehicles, but we can compare the regular performance of Holden's cars with the Galaxy's finest. To calculate the Parsec Rank, we took inspiration from Han Solo and calculated the distance that the vehicle could travel in 12 seconds when running at its maximum speed. We then multiplied that by the number of passengers the vehicle could take, which gives us the Parsec Rank, an overall efficiency rating.

Unsurprisingly, vehicles from Star Wars rate much better than Holden's fleet. Every Holden car in our comparison ended up with a Parsec Rank of 4 or 5. The lowest score for any of the spacecraft we examined was 20, for the Hajen-Class Fleet Tender.

Looking for a piece of history?

Why not tap into your Star Wars and Holden nostalgia by buying a classic car built in 1977, the Star Wars franchise began? We found a 1977 Holden Torana SL on sale for $32,900 on Cars Guide. If you don't have that kind of cash lying around, here are some lenders that might consider you for a loan.

So you want to buy the Death Star?

We're not going to ask why, we're not going to ask when. We're just going to show you how. Students from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania came up with a figure for would-be Death Star owners – it will set you back 13,000 times the world's current GDP. That's $8,100,000,000,000,000 (8.1 quadrillion). If you're still keen to make the purchase but know your bank account is a few quadrillion short, there are a few ways you can swing it:

  • Ask for a loan from a few billion of your friends. Are they even really your friends if they won't lend you millions of dollars each to buy the Death Star?
  • Write a really nice letter to the world. If the cost is relative to the world's GDP, surely everyone will understand how easy the transaction could be...
  • Buy the Lego version. To be honest, this one is the most achievable. You can even save with a coupon code.

Build your Death Star with Lego, cheaper

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