Getting in the Halloween spirit, Hyundai asked fans of the Walking Dead television program to take a stab at designing the ultimate Zombie Survival Machine. The winning entry is an upfit 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
Winner Anson Kuo based his design on his own vehicle, and was brought to life by Galpin Auto Sports (GAS). It was revealed at the New York Comic Con at the Future US booth in the Javitz Center today. Kuo's Santa Fe design was picked as the winner out of more than 82,500 fan submissions on The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app.
"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."
Kuo's urban camouflaged Zombie Survival Machine features knife blades, an automatic crossbow, razor-wired windows, three machine guns, a samurai sword, aluminum armor and a muffler silencer. 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.
"Anson Kuo's custom Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine is the ultimate car for The Walking Dead fans," said Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. "It's very cool to see Anson's great design become a real-life, detailed, zombie-proof vehicle."