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.