Hyundai is hanging out with the nerds this weekend at New York Comic Con where they unveiled the Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine. The design was chosen from 82,500 vehicles that were created by fans using The Walking Dead Chop Shop app.
The idea was to modify a Hyundai so that it would be the best vehicle possible for surviving the zombie apocalypse as part of Hyundai’s partnership with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Winner Anson Kuo’s modified Hyundai Santa Fe was chosen as the best design and then brought to life with the help of Galpin Auto Sports(GAS).
“My main design goal was to make the vehicle as stealthy and spacious as possible,” said Kuo. “I knew knives and blades would be the best bet for weaponry – they could slice and dice the zombies without releasing any ammunition. Basing the design on the Santa Fe allows space for extra passengers as well as weapons, supplies and all the other necessary items needed during a real zombie apocalypse.”
GAS took that idea to heart and their modified Hyundai Santa Fe sports knife blades, an automatic crossbow, razor-wired windows, three machine guns, a samurai sword, aluminum armor and even a silencer for the muffler. Fans attending NYCC will be able to see the car, take a seat behind the wheel, and take advantage of special limited giveaways.
Hyundai is also promoting the tenth anniversary of The Walking Dead with an exhibit at local gallery Pillars during the convention. There will be fan art, professional illustrations, and the Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine that was on display at San Diego Comic-Con this summer. There will even be a world-premiere private screening of Hyundai Presents The Walking Dead A Decade of Dead.
All the action happens at the Javits Center through Sunday night, the place to be if the zombies finally rise up to destroy us.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.