The Walking Dead, the hit zombie apocalypse show on AMC, has enjoyed a marketing tie-in with Hyundai for two seasons now. If you've watched the show, you'd no doubt seen Rick Grimes, his sociopath-in-training son Carl and emerging hero Glenn Rhee avoiding the dead behind the wheel of a light-green Hyundai Tucson. That relationship expanded beyond the show when Hyundai brought an Elantra Coupe-based Zombie Survival Machine to last year's San Diego Comic-Con.

For this year's Comic-Con, the new Zombie Survival Machine is just a touch faster, funkier and deadlier. Based on a Hyundai Veloster Turbo and built by Galpin Auto Sports to decapitate as many Walkers as possible, this four-door hatch has been heavily modified. The headlights, taillights and windows are all protected with a combination of wrought iron and chainlink fencing. There's also plenty of armor on the body panels.

Passive zombie killing features abound, like the "horde plow" on the front bumper and sawblade grille. But by and large, the majority of the Veloster Turbo Zombie Survival Machine's offensive power comes from a combination of firearms and chainsaws. A .50-caliber machine gun is mounted on the roof, along with a pair of assault rifles on the hood. Each door features blades along the base and a machine gun. Melee weapons can be found in the back, including a spiked baseball bat or katana.

We see a few issues with the Veloster Turbo ZSM. Clearly, the creators have never read Max Brooks' excellent book, World War Z, otherwise they'd know that flame throwers (of which we counted three) are ineffective against the dead, as are rapid-fire weapons. Our nerdy minds aside, this is a pretty cool one-off concept from one of the very best shows on television. But if you think you can do better, Hyundai has set up an app for fans to design their own Zombie Survival Machines. The winning entry will get their car built and put on display at New York Comic-Con in October. Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to see if we can retrofit our long-term Veloster Turbo into a Zombie Survival Machine.
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Last night, The Walking Dead Veloster Zombie Survival Machine was unveiled at The Future US Booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hyundai's Vitamin-C colored Zombie Survival Machine showcases modifications including: a hand fabricated armored exterior, front bumper chainsaws, all-terrain tires, wrought iron and barbed wire window coverings and survivalist items including a flame thrower, a samurai sword, flood lights, a PA system, a machine gun and a baseball bat with spikes.

Hyundai also developed a unique configurator app, the WalkingDeadChopShop.com, that allows fans to design a custom zombie survival machine, using the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Santa Fe or Elantra. The submitted designs will be entered into a contest and the winning design will be constructed and unveiled in October at New York Comic Con.

"The Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine is the ultimate car for The Walking Deadfans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie invasion," said Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. "We are excited to share this post-apocalyptic Veloster with fans and we can't wait to see all of the fan design submissions."

For a look at the Machine's build check out: http://galpinautosports.com/2013/07/the-walking-dead-zombie-survival-machine/


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      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even in this guise the Veloster is hardly the car I'd chose to survive in a zombie apocalypse.
        ACURA23CL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sinistro79
        True. But when you think about it, in an apocalypse you don't get to CHOOSE anything, you get your pick of what's left or what survives. Maybe Hyundai's marketing scheme is indirectly suggesting that the Veloster (of all cars) would survive long enough to be made into a survival machine. Not a bad way to go, I've seen worse.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm does it come with upgraded suspension?
      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how this car roll over piles of dead and decay bodies...
        ashwin.bolar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        Well, those chainsaws and the flywheels on the front grill might...umm...err...IT'S GOT A MASSIVE GUN FOR CRISSAKES
          Vien Huynh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ashwin.bolar
          Still, what if an arm stuck in those wheels? Sorry but I dont think it can be my first choice in case of zombie apocalypse.
      BGJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can someone explain the usefulness of 500lbs of sandbags on the hood? Is sand somehow toxic to a zombie?
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BGJ
        I think you're missing one of the main points that TWD tries to relay. Zombies aren't the only thing to fear in an apocalypse. Survivors form cliques that are genuinely distrusting of each other and there seems to be quite a bit of gun fights between them. Who knows... a few sandbags on the hood might stop some handgun rounds from disabling the engine. Just trying to play devil's advocate...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BGJ
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          Awhattup
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'd put a steel plate bolted or something like... bush guard on trucks.
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs a cow catcher in the front.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      no good. A low slung FWD car for the zombie apocalypse? Nope, sorry to say it, but you need plenty of ride height, plenty of ground clearance, good offroad capability, and a shedload of torque. A Unimog comes to mind, or a diesel truck...
        Cyrus Brooks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        Agreed a low slung sport compact is not a good vehicle platform to survive a zombie apocalypse. Also the unibody structure is too flimsy and will not stand up to the abuse of pushing disabled vehicles out of the way or running up over curbs.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Right, the first brand I think of when it comes to post-apocalyptic survival vehicles is hyundai.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      frankly this is BS and if I were a brand, I would not want to be associated with it. But then again, some brands are so low on the pecking order of things, it simply does not matter how they position themselves
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty insane, dig it.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      barf
      c_lapap
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's all you would need is a Hyundai Korean piece of garbage with 138 hp built on an economy car (accent) platform for a zombie mobile.
        Jason Mosery
        • 1 Year Ago
        @c_lapap
        I believe that's a Turbo, which has more than the 138 HP you speak of.
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