TIE fighters have been in the Star Wars universe since… forever. The starfighter appeared on the big screen in the 80s, as a vehicle composed of a ball-shaped cockpit with two hexagonal panels. The easily-recognizable sound it made was a combination of an elephant call and a car driving on we pavement. Funny thing is now, three decades later, a car designer is the one to reimagine the spacecraft. Edgier and more menacing then ever, Jason Battersby’s starfighters are worth ogling during work breaks #objectmagic
During the day, Jason Battersby is a designer at Audi. In his free time though, he likes to sketch and create concept art. On his ArtStation page, you can see his fondness for bots, Stormtrooper helmets, cars (of course) and more recently, TIE fighters. In fact, he’s done an entire series of works revolving around them.
His new model is Tie-X, a weaponized vehicle worthy of Darth Vader. Battersby imagines it as the most prized possession of the Empire: “Out of the shadows comes the Tie-X, Vader’s secret advanced Tie-Fighter project. Only a handful escaped the Death Star before it’s untimely demise. These advanced Tie-Fighters were built to be the most agile in the Empire, carrying out secret missions for Vader across the galaxy.”
Take a look at the details below and tell us if these creations aren’t crazy good: