BY GERRY MILES
Just a few months ago, we met the Hyundai Veloster Turbo survival machine. Now, just in time for the upcoming New York Comic-Con when it debuts Oct. 10 is the Hyundai Santa Fe zombie fighter.
Designed by Anson Kuo from Arizona, his efforts were tabbed the best from more then 82,500 submissions. Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) has built a real-life machine to fend off the un-dead zombies should they surface from Gotham’s subways, featuring:
- urban camouflage
- knife blades
- an automatic crossbow
- razor-wired windows
- 3 machine guns
- a samurai sword
- aluminum armor
- a muffler silencer.
Kuo’s mission was to create a stealth vehicle with cargo space for supplies and passengers, maximizing survivability against the undead. Having knives as a primary weapon ensures scarce ammunition is conserved, said Kuo.
“We love Anson Kuo’s take on this Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine – it’s creative… and deadly,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “With help from the popularity of The Walking Dead franchise, Hyundai continues to expand the conversation around Hyundai vehicles with young and passionate audiences.”
New York Comic-Con attendees will be able to take pictures with the new Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US booth and get inside the vehicle to check out all of the features. The booth will also feature a zombie make-up artist, limited edition giveaways, and more.
Hyundai’s continued partnership with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics and Kirkman’s groundbreaking comic and best-selling graphic novels, The Walking Dead, also includes a special gallery execution featuring “The Walking Dead A Decade of Dead” curated by former editorial director Sina Grace. His display can be viewed at local gallery space Pillars 37 October 10-12. This event will showcase The Walking Dead artwork, famed illustrations, the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine from San Diego Comic-Con and an autograph signing by artist Charlie Adlard. Limited edition prints exclusive to the gallery will be distributed to gallery guests each day. The gallery will also host a private screening of the world premiere of the “Hyundai Presents The Walking Dead A Decade of Dead” documentary.