While the $24,000 zombie survival kit I wrote about a few weeks back may not be worth your investment, I can't say the same about Hyundai's new undead-smashing Elantra. 


The automaker, wisely capitalizing on the living's fervor with all-things-zombies, teamed up with author Robert Kirkman to celebrate the 100th edition of his "Walking Dead" series by creating a customized vehicle made for surviving the zombie apocalypse. 


“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,” Steve Shannon, vice president of Marketing, Hyundai Motor America told attendees at Comic-Con. “We are excited for fans to come and experience the Elantra Coupe and GT in a unique, post-apocalyptic way.”


In a video describing the design and building of the vehicle, Kirkman quipped that while he doesn't know a lot about cars, he does know a thing or two about the zombie apocalypse and what he would want to survive.


"The things that make zombies the most threatening is their sheer amount of numbers - and car maintenance would be very important because you're going to need to break those ranks," he explains. "So, one of the features I would want on this car is some kind of a battering ram, scoop kind-of-a-thing that would deflect bodies away from you as you have to plow through huge masses of zombies." 


In addition to its "plow with spikes", the Zombie Survival Machine also includes slatted armored window coverings, a roof hatch to allow passengers to shoot at the undead, an electric rear trunk to house weapons, all‐terrain/rally type tires, weapons storage compartments, a CB radio/PA system and much more.


Unfortunately, while Hyundai is giving away an Elantra to one luck fan, you won't be able to snag the customized one for one obvious big reason: it's not street legal. 


Check out a video of Hyundai's fun little project below. 



Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Hyundai unveils its zombie-killing Elantra
Automaker's project with 'The Walking Dead' scribe Robert Kirkman finally revealed at Comic-Con.