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Zack Maio is one of the antagonists in Need for Speed: Undercover. He is the younger brother of Hector Maio and is seen as second in command of Hector's crew.

Zack is explosive and brash as he is known for threatening police officers when pulled over. He also has more criminal offenses than his brother.

Zack is first seen in the Job event - Palm Harbor Rally - talking to Carmen Mendez in a pre-mission cutscene. He is also one of the seven rival drivers in the race.

Zack attempts to attack the player after the race in anger but he is stopped by Hector. The player's federal handler - Chase Linh - describes Zack as a "strictly small-time player but trying very hard to be a somebody."

The player starts working for Zack after completing the Palm Harbor Rally. They must first beat him in a Highway Battle and then steal three cars for him before inevitably bringing him to custody in mission "The Trap."

Zack also stole a BMW M6 with Hector from Chau Wu before being arrested.

He is later mentioned as being caught up in a job he didn't sanction by Carmen in the mission Hot Item.

Zack usually drives a black-and-orange painted Volkswagen Scirocco but drives a Volkswagen Golf R32 in the Palm Harbor Rally job. He drives a dark grey Dodge Charger SRT8 in the PlayStation Portable release. In the PlayStation 2 and Wii releases, he is seen driving a pink Chrysler 300C SRT-8. In cutscenes, he is seen driving a black Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

Zack is one of two antagonists, alongside Brad "Nickel" Rogers, to have their driver's licence permanently revoked.


Zack's FBI file

  • Name: Zack Maio
  • Date of birth: January 28, 1987
  • Nicknames/aliases: "The Timebomb Prince"
  • Last known location: Palm Harbor
  • Known acquaintances: Hector Maio & Carmen Mendez
  • Offenses:
    • Excessive Speeding (9 counts)
    • Reckless Driving (8 counts)
    • Revoked Drivers License (permanent)
    • Drunk and Disorderly Conduct (1 count)
    • Underage Drinking (1 count)
    • Assault and Battery (3 counts)
  • Comments:
    • Younger brother to Hector Maio
    • Considered the heir to his brother's crew
    • Explosive and brash; been known to threaten police officers when pulled over
    • Under permanent protection with local crews out of respect for his brother


Zack Maio is portrayed by Joshua Alba.


  • The Volkswagen Scirocco in Need for Speed: World was featured with a "Zack" style that resembled Zack's car in Need for Speed: Undercover.