Apparently there’s a lot of money in the nerd market. Otherwise why would Hyundai build a special Zombie Survival Machine for Comic-Con in San Diego?
Revealed today, the Zombie Survival Machine features a zombie plow up front and Ben Hur chariot-like zombie slashers projecting from the wheels, armored window coverings, a roof hatch to allow passengers to fend off attacking walkers, a trunk full of electric and pneumatic weaponry, front and rear floodlights, spiked all-terrain/rally type tires, a CB radio system and, as they say, much more.
And we’re not sure what it says about the nerd market, but the Zombie Survival Machine is built around a Hyundai Elantra Coupe. We might have chosen Hyundai’s largest SUV-crossover, the Vera Cruz, but starting at more than $10,000 more than the Elantra Coupe’s $17,445, well, it’s closer to what the average comic book reader is likely to be able to afford.
The Hyundai Elantra Coupe-based Zombie Survival Machine comes from a concept by Robert Kirkman, author of the Eisner Award-winning comic and best-selling graphic novels, The Walking Dead, the real thing being built by Design Craft Fabrication, better known for its real-life competition conversions of sport compact cars.
The point, of course, is to reach potential Hyundai buyers.
“Our custom Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine is the ultimate car for The Walking Dead fans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie invasion,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “We are excited for fans to come and experience the Elantra Coupe and GT in a unique, post-apocalyptic way.”
At Comic-Con, attendees will be able to take pictures with the Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US booth, as well as get inside the Elantra Coupe ZE to check out all of the features. The booth will also feature a Zombie Target practice area and a zombie costume contest.
Hyundai will also have on hand a limited run illustrated owner’s manual explaining the Zombie Survival Machine’s unique features “and prepares them for the gruesome realities of the zombie apocalypse,” a must for every true zombie nerd’s collection. Get one a Comic-Con…or later, on eBay.
Those not able get to Comic-Con in person can visit The Hyudai Undead website for more Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine info.
And remember, “The car described will be for fictional purpose; Hyundai Motor America encourages safe driving…” Unless or until the zombie apocalypse begins. Then all bets are off and the nerds driving the Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine will have the last laugh.