It’s one of those midnight questions — you’re on the couch with your friends, a 13 year old with mutant like hand eyed coordination has just dominated you on Black Ops and someone asks, “What kind of car would you want in a zombie apocalypse?”
The answers are typically diverse, hillarious, and often impractical — sure, the Ecto-1 is amazing, but it’s probably terrible on gas mileage. A Hyundai wouldn’t likely be the natural first choice (despite their impressive fuel economy) but Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Survival Machine is no ordinary Hyundai.
The car, which was dreamed up by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and brought into reality by Gary Castillo from Design Craft Fabricators, is built from a Hyundai Elantra Coupe and features the following enhancements:
- Staked Zombie Plow
- Armored windows
- Armored headlights and taillights
- Smoked headlights and taillights
- Reinforced body panels
- Rear bash bar
- Wheel spikes
- Adjustable front light bar
- Escape Hatch
- All-Terrain Tires
- Forged Wheels
- Upgraded lifted Suspension
- Custom riveted sheet metal rear interior panels
- Food & Supply storage compartments
- 6×8 Net Cannon with rear-view camera
- Co-pilot controlled switch box with gauges
- Master Kill Switch
- Net Cannon Control
- Lighting Control
- Tilt front flood lights
- Pan rear flood lights
- Weapons: Kitana Sword, Baseball Bat, Machette
- CB Radio
- First Aid Kit
- Nitrous System (120 hp/shot)
- Adjustable rear trunk flood lights
- Custom front seats with embroidery
Pretty bad-ass right? Well, apparently somebody thought it was missing a certain something, that somebody being the cars designer. Our Steven Sautter got a first hand look at the Zombie Survival Machine during Preview Night and caught up with Robert Kirkman to find out what that certain something was, here is his report:
After much wrangling with security, this intrepid reporter was escorted into the exhibit hall early and led toward the Future US booth for the unveiling of Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Survival Machine. Built to commemorate the landmark 100th issue of the Walking Dead comic book, this modified Hyundai Eleantra Coupe seems primed for all your zombie killing needs. Kirkman himself was on hand to unleash the awesome lethality of the Elantra and we were able to catch a few words with Kirkman on this auspiscious occasion.
Sautter: Does the car still have that fresh zombie smell?
Kirkman: Yes, it smells delicious! (laughs) It’s amazing. I’m sorry. For me, on The Walking Dead set, zombies smell like barbeque because they’re always eating.
Sautter: Was there anything from your designs that was too outlandish?
Kirkman: I wanted it to have jets, so it could take off. And they were like, “Cars don’t fly, man!” But they could come in handy.
You can check out the Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US Booth (#4445) throughout the convention, other activities at the booth include: a Zombie Make-up Station, a Photo Station, the Hyundai Sweepstakes Kiosk, and on Friday there will be a Zombie Costume Contest between 2PM and 3PM.
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Additional writing by Jason Tabrys