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Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the dead-man-walking dept.

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cartechboy writes "Whether its the Mayan calendar, a rough economy, or a fear of zombies, there are people who are currently preparing for the end of the world, coming, like, soon. And they can attract some fringe elements. So maybe those elements are worth a little truck marketing. Yesterday at the Texas State Fair, Chevrolet unveiled a "Black Ops" concept truck that it says will "explore the extremes of preparedness." The truck comes with a vault storage unit, solar power pack, gas masks, gloves, a military first aid kit, a folding shovel, a generator and some rope. Twinkies apparently not included."

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Good grief. (4, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 7 months ago | (#44985753)

This is just a basic Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with a stupid paint job and a bunch of crap thrown in that and "prepper" already has. For Chevy's sake I hope this stays a "concept car" because the "concept" sucks and if this is a serious direction, Chevy is in serious trouble.

This is posted at Slashdot why? Oh. Zombies.

Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985873)

Can anybody explain to me this fascination with "zombies" that we see in certain online communities?

The few times I've ventured over to reddit, I've seen a lot of submissions with "zombies", "pirates", or "ninjas" in their titles. Are these just really strange hipster obsessions?

Even within the hipster community, is it one of those things that everybody actually thinks is quite stupid, but they all pretend to like it in public because it's widely considered "the thing to do"?

As somebody who isn't a hipster, and who isn't part of Generation Y, maybe I just won't ever understand it. But the whole concept of "zombies" and any fascination with it comes off as really idiotic, petty and rather stupid.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985907)

Zombies is a euphemism for nigger. Racists can openly fantasize about killing zombie where they could not about black peoples.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985947)

This, my friends, is why I still read Slashdot. Keep on trollin,' brother!

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

carlhirsch (87880) | about 7 months ago | (#44986299)

Mod parent up. This is not trolling, this is Real Talk. Cruise some gun messageboards or conservative-leaning political forums if you don't believe me. So, mod parent up.

Note: it's not an exclusively racial phenomenon, it's also a good stand-in for hating and fearing the poor folks in general.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986707)

Holy shit.

I felt the whole premise was kinda skeezy but never realized why. I think you hit on it.

(Except that the metaphor probably includes poor people as well as minorities, but you can barely tell racists and classists apart these days. It's probably no coincidence that the ones who buy most heavily into survivalist end-of-the-world preparation tend to be at the right-wing fringe.)

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (4, Insightful)

swillden (191260) | about 7 months ago | (#44986187)

As somebody who isn't a hipster, and who isn't part of Generation Y, maybe I just won't ever understand it. But the whole concept of "zombies" and any fascination with it comes off as really idiotic, petty and rather stupid.

I don't think this has anything to do with hipsters, or Gen Y.

From what I can see, the zombie apocalypse is partly a joke and mostly a convenient abstraction which stands in place of any of dozens of different disaster scenarios. The zombie apocalypse is nice in that it captures a sort of maximally extreme yet potentially-survivable scenario. There are plenty of possible disasters for which preparedness is just pointless (because you'd be dead anyway), but once you exclude those from consideration, the needs of survival in the remaining, more or less realistic, disaster scenarios are pretty neatly covered by the clearly-fictional notion of societal collapse brought on by the sudden conversion of much of humanity into mindless undead predators.

In a nutshell: If you're well-prepared for the zombie apocalypse, odds are good that you're also well-prepared for any real disaster, so it's a nice target.

Mod parent up. (5, Interesting)

khasim (1285) | about 7 months ago | (#44986509)

Zombie movies are not about zombies.

They are about human behaviour when the constraints of civilization have been removed. Zombies are just the easy explanation why civilization collapsed (and stays collapsed).

Ideally, that is to show insights into society and the roles within it and how various types of people fit into those.

Re:Mod parent up. (2)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 7 months ago | (#44986617)

I'm reminded of two facts of humanity. The first is that when an empire kills all the barbarians, the empire will invent a new kind of barbarian. The other is that survival in this extreame case for anyone is very small. So who ever buys or builds this truck, the survivors will be possibly pleased?

Re:Mod parent up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986749)

And to add to that, zombie threats leave room for a determined individual to protect himself with some cinematic action. More realistic possibilities like epidemics, massive geologic or climate events, or biological or nuclear war turn survival into pure chance. You can't shoot an earthquake or cloud of sarin gas in the head.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 7 months ago | (#44986647)

In a nutshell: If you're well-prepared for the zombie apocalypse, odds are good that you're also well-prepared for any real disaster, so it's a nice target.

The director of the CDC [cdc.gov] has said as much: "If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack."

Suspiciously absent from the list of supplies to have on hand, however, is a ruggedized pickup truck. Medical supplies, duct tape, plastic tarps, potable water, and dry food rations were all highly valued, as was a robust preparedness plan by the federal and local governments, with a focus on organization and communication.

In fact, the truck weighs in as a convenience. A very heavy one at a time when mobility would be at a premium. In an urban area, a bicycle would achieve many of the requirements of a preparedness plan; It can provide travel of over 100 miles in a day, requires no gasoline, fuel, or electricity, and is very easy to repair. It also won't draw as much attention as a ruggedized anti-zombie truck... which let's be honest: If you have a gun, who are you going after... the bicyclist, or the guy with a truck and a lock safe containing untold goodies?

If you ask me... the truck's a liability. Lastly, what's the first rule of Zombie world? CARDIO. Your physical health is your single greatest asset... it tops the list I put in earlier by a wide margin. If you're too fat to get to the locations of any of those emergency distribution centers, you're pretty much already dead. So I guess then it's a good thing you bought a truck and a gun. Better hope you brought a really big gas tank too, because when that runs out, you are totally screwed.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be over here on my bike, riding around eating twinkies, because the twinkie supply will probably outlast the gas supply (now that they've started making them again), and I conveniently brought an engine which is estimated to last another 60 years without any major maintenance that can run on them...

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 7 months ago | (#44986741)

I'll be over here on my bike, riding around eating twinkies

Plan on nuts and jerky. Twinkies actually have a very short shelf life compared to what people think.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986729)

If you're prepped for zombies your friends consider you a fool.

Until the tornado.
Until the earthquake.
Until the flooding.
Until the blizzard.

Zombie movies are entertainment. Zombie preparedness is common sense made fun.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (5, Insightful)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#44986935)

If you're prepped for zombies your friends consider you a fool.

If you're not prepped for zombies your "friends" consider you food.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (1)

multisync (218450) | about 7 months ago | (#44986321)

Can anybody explain to me this fascination with "zombies"

Nevermind zombies ... didn't concern over the Mayan calendar end when the world didn't in 2012?

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986381)

Can anybody explain to me this fascination with "zombies"

Nevermind zombies ... didn't concern over the Mayan calendar end when the world didn't in 2012?

They just had the starting year wrong. The world actually ends this year.

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986537)

I personally think all of this "zombies" and "SHTF" is explained by this Cracked article http://www.cracked.com/article/136_5-reasons-you-secretly-want-zombie-apocalypse/

Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (4, Interesting)

jettoblack (683831) | about 7 months ago | (#44986915)

Zombies are the ideal fantasy opponent for a doomsday scenario. They have most of the strengths of humans, thus (supposedly) requiring heavy firepower and good tactics to defend against them, but being sub-human (lacking a soul, whatever) and extremely dangerous, there is little to no aversion to the use of violence against them.

Put it another way, if a prepper told anyone that they were loading up on weapons to be able to attack fellow humans during a crisis, they would be labeled psycho and probably have their weapons taken away.

But... if they're gearing up to fight "zombies", they can stockpile all the weapons they want and only appear to be a little paranoid.

Why do people want to survive the end of the world (1)

kawabago (551139) | about 7 months ago | (#44985899)

Why do people want to survive the end of the world? So after the dust settles they can starve to death eating their own loneliness?

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (1)

Xenkar (580240) | about 7 months ago | (#44985979)

All lifeforms are genetically programmed to ensure the survival of their DNA. Typically it takes parasites in the nervous system to turn off this programming.

In their minds, most of their competition dies out and the Earth is left to their offspring. The offspring will be able to flourish with the knowledge they pass on.

If anything, I have to say there is something wrong with people who don't want to survive. What kind of chemicals or parasites have invaded their brains to turn off their genetic programming?

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 7 months ago | (#44986165)

What kind of chemicals or parasites have invaded their brains to turn off their genetic programming?

Thought. Higher brain functions, contemplating the purpose of such programming. Nature is dead. Nature remains dead. And we have killed it. Yet its shadow still looms...

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 7 months ago | (#44986463)

Nope. Thought doesn't over-ride it. Outside brain damage, the desires still taint our thought process.

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (0)

Nadaka (224565) | about 7 months ago | (#44986191)

In humans the most common such parasite is the memetic complex called religion.

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986007)

Why do people want to survive the end of the world?

Because their dictionary does not include the words "end" and "world"?

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (4, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 7 months ago | (#44986339)

Why do people want to survive the end of the world? So after the dust settles they can starve to death eating their own loneliness?

Because we don't expect to be lonely. We expect our friends and families to survive along with us. I live in California, so I am more concerned with a major earthquake than zombies. I am also concerned about a major contagious disease outbreak, or a weather anomaly that causes major crop failures (this happened in 535-536 [wikipedia.org] , 1315-1317 [wikipedia.org] , and in 1815 [wikipedia.org] ). So I have about a year's worth of food for my family, basic tools and survival equipment, and (since I am an American) an assault rifle. Even if a crisis never comes, I am still saving money by buying food in bulk, and growing most of my own vegetables. I also have a some chickens for eggs. You may think that being prepared is kooky, but if you look back through history, there is at least a 30% chance of a major calamity occurring during your lifetime. By the time you see it coming, the store shelves will be bare, and it will be too late. So I think it is foolish to not be prepared. Some of my neighbors also have a stash of supplies, and we are prepared to work together to fight off the zombies.

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#44986473)

I live in California, so I am more concerned with a major earthquake than zombies. I am also concerned about a major contagious disease outbreak, or a weather anomaly that causes major crop failures (this happened in 535-536, 1315-1317, and in 1815). So I have about a year's worth of food for my family, basic tools and survival equipment, and (since I am an American) an assault rifle.

I live in California as well, so I only have a battle rifle. (No, really; it's a sporterized, meaning scope-and-red-dot-added, peruvian mauser.) Is your rifle grandfathered, or are you using hyperbole and describing a semi-automatic weapon as an assault rifle?

I'm with you on all of this other stuff, though. Of course, by posting about food stockpiles online, you've guaranteed that the government knows whose door to knock on when the SHTF.

Don't forget backup water filters. I have lifestraws and katadyns... California's water is going to shit like everyone else's.

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 7 months ago | (#44986665)

Is your rifle grandfathered, or are you using hyperbole and describing a semi-automatic weapon as an assault rifle?

It is an AR-15, and I have owned it since 1982. I also have a M870 shotgun. In the event of a zombie attack, my wife would use the rifle, and I would use the shotgun (it kicks too much for her). I don't own any other guns, so our kids will focus on reloading magazines (I have trained them to use a speed loader).

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (1)

ATMAvatar (648864) | about 7 months ago | (#44986917)

Depending on the type of zombies (slow and lumbering Night of the Living Dead type versus fast Zombieland type), you may do well to save the ammunition for normal humans. With a societal breakdown, you're just as likely to run across looters and bandits as helpful people.

Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (2)

AK Marc (707885) | about 7 months ago | (#44986477)

and (since I am an American) an assault rifle

Isn't an "assault weapon" a scary looking rifle, and an "assault rifle" a fully-automatic military weapon?

Re:Good grief. (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 7 months ago | (#44986009)

Zombies? No. Twinkies! Harder to find than heroin...

Re:Good grief. (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about 7 months ago | (#44986077)

Theeeeyyyyyyre Baaaaaaack! At least around Chicago area. Twinkie the Kid rides again!

But they are scaled down! They are about 2/3 of their former size. Probably to make the caloric claims sound less outrageous, but they taste the same.

I also am getting tired of the zombie crap, the world didn't end in 2012 - get over it, already...

Re:Good grief. (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 7 months ago | (#44986485)

What do zombies have to do with 2012?

Re:Good grief. (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about 7 months ago | (#44986843)

You remember the whole Mayan calendar thing, and some other cosmic alignment that occurred sometime around then as well. Much to everyone's disappointment, the world did not end either of those times...

Re:Good grief. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986183)

FACT: A pickup truck and a gun make me a better man.

Re:Good grief. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986247)

There is an entire religion (Christianity) that is dedicated to worshipping a zombie, so that's not entirely surprising...

"Black Ops," eh? (4, Interesting)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 7 months ago | (#44985809)

You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Re:"Black Ops," eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985965)

Oh no ?

This is SERIOUS STUFF ! They got a piece of rope and some gloves in that car !

This is just dumb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985821)

TFA says the paint job might "scare zombies away"... I think it would be more the premium price... unfortunately, some will pay because zombies are cool now...

Totally Unprepared (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985841)

Unless it comes with an oil rig and refinery.

i prefer fighting jesus during rapture (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985847)

amen

STOP ENCOURAGING THEM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985857)

That is all.

I prepare for peace (1)

Jerry Smith (806480) | about 7 months ago | (#44985865)

Because when I buy something to prepare myself there always be someone else who is prepared to take it from me. I better live like it is here, and not in some warzone. Or some retarded survivalist citadel.

pfftt (0)

djupedal (584558) | about 7 months ago | (#44985875)

Chevys, Mayans, Zombies, Black Ops, end 'o the world - all they missed were panda cub pairs and President Lincoln's Doctor's dog.

Survival kit contents check (1)

rwyoder (759998) | about 7 months ago | (#44985889)

"In the bed is a (presumably) zombie-proof Truck Vault storage unit, containing a solar power pack, gas masks, gloves, a military First Aid kit, a folding shovel, and rope. Mounted atop the storage locker are a generator, fuel can, and food and water rations."

Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

Re:Survival kit contents check (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986117)

Mine shafts. Herr Doktor is thinking ze mine shafts.

Snicker Snort. (4, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#44985893)

Unless it's got a fully manual transmission and an engine that can run on when the electrical system goes away, it's crap. And guess what? This vehicle has neither. It's got a six-speed automatic and it's got a gasoline engine with full electronic control. Gasoline spoils rapidly and it's nontrivial to make more. Not impossible — you can use the ABE process, which is not exactly a new thing, to make Butanol. That's a 1:1 replacement.

If you would like an actual apocalypsemobile, that's a Unimog (to get the seating capacity of this Silverado, a Doka) with an OM617.951 upgrade. It will cost you a pretty penny for a nice one with amenities like a heater, but it will go places that would make the Silverado weep and you can get one with hydraulics which can be used to run a winch that you would be hard-pressed to damage without ripping it out of the front of the truck. It will also continue running in the event of complete electrical failure, including your hydraulic winch.

Re:Snicker Snort. (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#44986113)

Funny, in the "related articles" section on TFA, they had a blurb on exactly that.

The problem with the Unimog is that any non paraplegic zombie can outrun one and, if something does break, you'll never find the parts. It's basically a tractor with four wheels.

Re:Snicker Snort. (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#44986405)

The problem with the Unimog is that any non paraplegic zombie can outrun one and, if something does break, you'll never find the parts. It's basically a tractor with four wheels.

A 'mog with fast axles will do 55 or maybe even 60. That's faster than you are going to want to do over broken terrain. You're right about parts availability. A more logical choice might be a F150 or the chevy equivalent (K1500? not sure what it's called, last I cared Chevys had names like C-10) with the OM617 swapped in. You can get them from cars as cheap as $1500 but you'll probably need to rebuild those. You can get a kit to mate them to a five speed, nv2500? nv3500? I forget what the number was. Then you'll need a divorced transfer case, and to mate it all up. And if any of the specialized parts go, you're screwed. But you're going to want a diesel.

In theory you could use a points system, and just keep spare coils and points. Then you could run a gasser. But you're still going to run into those fuel problems I mentioned. You can run the OM617 on pure veg oil with the right goodies. Tricky to do it without electrical, but I figure that's part of the requirements. You can get a diesel-fired coolant heater...

Re:Snicker Snort. (2)

Teun (17872) | about 7 months ago | (#44986593)

You're right about parts availability

You're right, us in Europe can get the parts but we don't have to worry about your zombies.

Market Demographics (1)

bussdriver (620565) | about 7 months ago | (#44986313)

What will appeal to red necks visiting a car show?
Well, they like to think they are self sufficient and like the 'be prepared' excuse when buying their man toys. As weak in analytical skill and technical knowledge as they are with keeping down their beer guts. A cool food? Twinkies. Naturally. I couldn't see the beer but it must be in there.

I'm surprised they didn't put in a place for a beer maker. This isn't made to attract nerds; it is made to draw in some potential truck buyers to their area (booth babes would be cheaper... I wonder how much success they'd have at a show with no cars on display but instead with 10x the girls.)

Anybody seriously thinking about disasters on that scale are not thinking about trucks.

Re:Snicker Snort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986529)

> can run on when the electrical system goes away

That is illegal in the US thanks to their Democratic party that fought hard to increase the price of cars and the amount of copper used in them. While OBD-II did reduce the number of poor people that can afford cars so it helps the environment some, it is a regressive tax because the Democrats love to tax the poor more than the rich. In that country, you'll never see another cheap and environmentally friendly vehicle again.

Re:Snicker Snort. (5, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about 7 months ago | (#44986571)

Gasoline spoils rapidly

I stored a car for 5 years. "store" meant putting it on jacks to relieve the pressure on the tires, and disconnecting the battery from the car and putting on a trickle charger once a month for a few days.

Hooked up the battery after 5 years, and it turned over first try. Smelled like crap when the dust and (presuambly) bugs that had ended up in the exhaust burned off, but ran without an issue on 5-year old "regular" gasoline. No stabilizer was added.

And when I lived in Alaska, I had a summer car. It was in storage, un-run for 6-months of the year. One of my storage activities would be to fill the tank before parking it. 6-months storage, full tank, never spoiled the fuel.

Given that I've been in a place to see it happen many times, and it never did, don't believe in it anymore. It was made up by the people who make fuel stabilizers, or started back when the fuel was of very poor quality.

Add that to your irrational attack on automatic, and you look like an uninformed vehicle snob.

Sounds like my car (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about 7 months ago | (#44985935)

Except for the vault and gas masks, I think I have all that stuff in my car right now. Plus rope and tools.

Uh, sure. OK (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 7 months ago | (#44985937)

Thank's Chevy but if I go shopping for a zombie apocalypse vehicle I think I'll start with something like the Marauder [wikipedia.org]

One is simply not prepared (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985957)

Without Twinkies, one is simply not prepared. We survived the first Twinkie-pocalypse, but we'd be hard pressed to survive another one.

One does not simply drive into Mordor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44985973)

Take these Twinkies, just in case.

If ready for zombies, ready for anything (4, Interesting)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | about 7 months ago | (#44985993)

I had a fascinating talk last month with a man who lives near a flood plain. Not in it, but the dikes have been overwhelmed enough times in his lifetime that he's seen failures of basic transport and utilities for the area half a dozen times. He uses "surviving a zombie apocalypse" as his guideline for preparedness. So he keeps a plentiful supply of ammo, and practices with his weapons, and loads his own ammo: he also hunts with those and with a bow, and keeps a freezer full of venison. He also keeps quite a large amount of long-term stable food stores, some water and _water testing and purification_ tools. His vehicles are well built, maintained, and he has several small generators, one in the basement (for weather reasons) and one in a vehicle (for portable use).

He's also doing backup fire and rescue duties for his county, and if there's a problem nearby, I want _him_ as one of my first responders.

Re:If ready for zombies, ready for anything (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 7 months ago | (#44986039)

keeps a freezer full of venison.

Hope he has a generator dedicated solely to powering that freezer, otherwise things will go real bad in a hurry.

Re:If ready for zombies, ready for anything (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#44986131)

Really doesn't take too much power to keep a good freezer cold. If you run the generator an hour or so per day and don't leave the door open, you can freeze stuff for a long time.

And if you do lose power, you invite the neighbors over and have a big almost-end-of-the-world party.

Re:If ready for zombies, ready for anything (1)

Horshu (2754893) | about 7 months ago | (#44986317)

The whole "zombie apocalypse" fad just escapes me. I'm sure these folks have to know that zombies are fictional, so what gives? Is it the fantasy of blowing the heads of people without the stigma of being homicidal? Is it an attempt to justify doomsday prepping? Is it because vampires are passe? I just don't get it.

Re:If ready for zombies, ready for anything (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986373)

"dikes" are butch lesbians. Maybe you meant dykes?

Real horsepower (5, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 7 months ago | (#44986033)

A better way to be prepared would be to own and be able to ride a horse. Only fuel it needs is grass, hay, and water(and if there isn't enough water for both you and a horse where you are, you are probably screwed anyway), and when it eventually breaks down at least you can eat it. Best option would be 2 horses that you can switch out to avoid tiring them out. Can go places vehicles can't (you can ride along comfortably on the median or shoulder of a road, right past all those people trapped in a traffic jam or out of gas), and, in the case of zombies, a canter or even a slow trot will easily get you past any somewhat mobile rotting corpses. Plus the skittish nature of horses would serve as a warning system to any dangers while traveling through the woods or camped out at night. It would be cheaper than this truck, more useful, and would certainly last a lot longer.

Re:Real horsepower (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986139)

a canter or even a slow trot will easily get you past any somewhat mobile rotting corpses

Yes, but what if we end up with superzombies that move with blinding speed?

Sure, you only have to outrun the horse, but you're not going to outrun the horse.

Re:Real horsepower (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#44986167)

Hard to keep horses in the garage in the unlikely event of a (insert specifics here) apocalypse. Horses are a lifestyle - great if you can pull it off. Hay is getting incredibly expensive in a lot of places. Your neighbor might not want their lawn and garden clipped quite so close.

Besides, if you're a real survivalist, you won't touch a horse. They're pretty high maintenance. You want a donkey. Or some goats.

Me, I'll stick to my pickup truck for as long as I can.

Re:Real horsepower (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 7 months ago | (#44986273)

A better way to be prepared would be to own and be able to ride a horse. Only fuel it needs is grass, hay, and water(and if there isn't enough water for both you and a horse where you are, you are probably screwed anyway), and when it eventually breaks down at least you can eat it.

Not really - horses are very high maintenance, fairly delicate, and expensive to maintain. That's why, historically and today, they were/are in the main restricted to the upper classes and why the mounted arm of the cavalry was relatively small and made up of specialized troops. (And why they were abandoned so enthusiastically by everyone who could manage to as soon as reasonably possible.)

Re:Real horsepower (3, Funny)

gonz (13914) | about 7 months ago | (#44986291)

and, in the case of zombies, a canter or even a slow trot will easily get you past any somewhat mobile rotting corpses.

...until you encounter your first ZOMBIE HORSE!
Nay, naaay!

Re:Real horsepower (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#44986457)

A better way to be prepared would be to own and be able to ride a horse.

Sadly, the truth is that you'd need to own several horses, and you'd also need grazing land for them. Most of the objections have been made already in this thread but the remedy hasn't even been discussed. It all highlights the fact that barring massive amounts of capital to work with, the only reasonable defense against zombies is a defense in depth involving an entire community. In a full community model, a stable makes sense.

Re:Real horsepower (1)

Animats (122034) | about 7 months ago | (#44986871)

A better way to be prepared would be to own and be able to ride a horse.

Only if you have lots of grazing land that doesn't require irrigation, a water source that doesn't require power, and several horses. Most horses are high-maintenance. But there are horses used to living on their own. One of my friends has a wild mustang from the Bureau of Land Management, trained to be a good trail horse. She's ridden into town when the power went out and the road was flooded.

I'm on horseback several times a week, but my present horse wouldn't be that useful in an emergency. He's kept in a coastal area with poor grazing. Hay has to be trucked in.

Ahhnuld will do the commercial (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986055)

Ted Nugent and George Zimmerman have already placed orders.

Single fuel type? (3, Interesting)

hawguy (1600213) | about 7 months ago | (#44986115)

Gasoline is probably the worst fuel type to rely on after the Zombie apocalypse -- most gasoline sources will be in underground gas station tanks and you'll need to find a way to pump it out while fending off the zombies. Diesel can be found in above ground generator tanks in most large commercial buildings.

They should have gone with a Multi-fuel [wikipedia.org] engine to broaden the potential fuel sources - adding diesel and jet fuel to your potential fuel sources gives you a lot of flexibility as you escape the zombie horde.

Re:Single fuel type? (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#44986505)

Ford tried some cars with Capstone turbines in 'em, but I haven't heard anything about that in a while. Problem is, turbine engines are delicate and finicky, not the kind of thing you want to be relying upon in the post-apocalypse.

Re:Single fuel type? (2)

Lumpy (12016) | about 7 months ago | (#44986733)

Absolutely, Diesel truck pulling a digester will be perfect. You kill zombies and stuff their bodies in the digester that turns them into a bio fuel.

Re:Single fuel type? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986975)

Absolutely, Diesel truck pulling a digester will be perfect. You kill zombies and stuff their bodies in the digester that turns them into a bio fuel.

One mistake with the digester and you wind up with a zombie truck. Then where will you be?

"What no Shotgun?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986119)

I think it should come with an AR-15. Flame on! Mode me down.

Re:"What no Shotgun?" (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 7 months ago | (#44986725)

An AR-15? for what shooting squirrels? Real men shoot an AR-10 and AR-30 for their rifles.

"Zombies" :wink: (1)

Guy From V (1453391) | about 7 months ago | (#44986171)

Even if the concept is stupid...possibly even a bit subversive, I say any way or reason to allow normal civilians access to more "hardened" or "battle ready" vehicles that can operate under more extreme working conditions or doing hazardous tasks...even if the differences are minor...can only be a good thing. I suspect the market for such is larger than many people would think.

Chevy, in a world of its own (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about 7 months ago | (#44986281)

"..... but also gets 18 mpg combined...........There won't be many functioning gas stations after the undead rise to feast on the living, so gas mileage is important."

The above quote is that enjoyable, i dont even need to comment.

Wrong car. There is only one... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986539)

There is only one suitable car available to buy by everyone. The Paramount Marauder.

Here is a pic next to a hummer : http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eNodvYO-1qs/T6rBLC-h1sI/AAAAAAAAAH0/lgJeiw3dxMA/s1600/Marauder+next+to+hummer.jpg

The Maurauder can withstand 8kg of TNT under any wheel without sustaining any substantial damage.

It's bullet proof (incl RPGs), is over-pressured to protect against biological and chemical attacks, has more torques than a HGV (it can pull real full size trucks; regardless if you put a foot on the breaks or flatfoot to accelerate), able to drive trough walls like a tank, etc etc.

But it costs 300000 GBP. Without options. But the option list is quite....interesting (included the option to electrify the hull to protect against people trying to climb on the vehicle)

This is what my tax dollars are buying? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986569)

This is what you get when the President orders companies to allow college students to run them. Brian Deese at Yale had no experience and is just a kid so of course this is the type of thing that the student thinks is cool. How about instead try to turn the company around so that our tax money isn't wasted?

It's been around for years :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44986703)

It was only recently declassified when the NSA realized someone leaked the blueprints to the original Big Tex and his Russian counterpart.

I can neither confirm nor deny whether this had anything to do with Big Tex's sudden "silencing" last year.

Complete Crap..... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 7 months ago | (#44986721)

Compared to a Jeep decked out for the same thing. Problem is Chevy is built for roads, Jeep is built for dirt and rocks.

They might as well built a Chevy Volt zombie edition.

GM (1)

_Ludwig (86077) | about 7 months ago | (#44986855)

Recipient of billions in government bailout money uses rugged individualist self-sufficiency as marketing tool. The irony is so thick you need a chainsaw attached to your arm stump to cut it.

Bad idea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44987019)

Isn't it a bad idea to give Texans a truck and some rope?

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