Thought I'd throw something into this thread. Not sure exactly what it is, or why...
As if somebody got stoned in 1982 while looking through a Pontiac brochure, and drew this...
Apparently it's aerodynamic, perhaps the whole thing lands (instead of using those damned transporters).
All done up in "StarFleet Red".
Very cool design, with or without the red color! The paneling design make it look to me like something out of the '70s or '80s.