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This is the world’s fastest hearse – capable of getting you to your funeral at a staggering 137mph.

‘Madness’ the turbo hearse goes from 0 to 60 in 2.26 seconds and set a world record in 2013 for its 9.94 second quarter mile run at 137mph in 2012.

Arne's hearse can do a quarter mile in less than 10 seconds

Arne’s hearse can do a quarter mile in less than 10 seconds

Arne Toman, from Chicago, Illinois, created the custom hearse after he purchased a 1996 Chevy Caprice and made it into a tribute to his favourite heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

‘I usually incorporate some sort of Iron Maiden livery into all my project cars – for this car I named it Madness after my favourite song Can I Play With Madness,’ explains Arne, 39.

‘My team started the project in 2009, it was pretty much built in our spare time and it took about three years to complete.

There is no other hearse in the world built to this level of performance, but my car remains a full weight and fully functioning hearse.’

Arne was inspired to make the car after seeing a previous world record for a hearse travelling over a quarter mile was 13.72 seconds.

It's fully fitted to be used as a hearse

It’s fully fitted to be used as a hearse

The vice president of AMS performance cars, says: ‘Most people are spooked by my hearse but when they see it at the track, they’re amazed that a heavy car can be so fast.’

Along with a six litre V8 engine, the hearse also features its original stereo and equipment to carry a casket in the back.

‘It had to be black with a red interior because to me that is how a classic hearse should look,’ says Arne.

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