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Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck 220

Posted by samzenpus
from the dead-man-walking dept.
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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Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck

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  • Snicker Snort. (Score:4, Informative)

    by drinkypoo (153816) <> on Sunday September 29, 2013 @12:09PM (#44985893) Homepage Journal

    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:Mod parent up. (Score:4, Informative)

    by pepty (1976012) on Sunday September 29, 2013 @04:16PM (#44987271)
    Much more than that: the risks most first world slashdotters face are just too mundane for people to fantasize about: cardiovascular disease, car accidents, cancer. Want to keep your family safe? Take defensive driving courses. Go to the gym. Quit smoking and eating so much bacon.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson