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TIE-X: Audi Designer Improves Upon Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter
Darth Vader‘s TIE Fighter is just one of those classic designs that seemingly can’t be improved upon. But Jason Battersby, whose day job is as a exterior automotive designer for Audi, didn’t let that stop him from giving it the old college try, and the result is the TIE-X, a new and improved TIE Fighter fit for a Sith Lord.
The TIE-X looks like a more comfortable ride than the canon TIE, while retaining the most important component of any means of conveyance favored by Darth Vader: It looks menacing as hell – particularly with its glowing red cockpit that contrasts with its Vaderian black color scheme.
Once you’ve taken a look at the TIE-X in the concept art at the top, see more of Battersby’s stuff at his online portfolio right here. And if Darth Vader ever finds himself in the market for a new ride, it’s very possible he’ll be ringing him up personally.