By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85
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Madness the turbo hearse goes from 0 – 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 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.
Arne, 39 said: “I usually incorporate some sort of Iron Maiden livery into all my project cars - for this car I named it Madness after my favorite song ‘Can I Play With Madness.’
“My team started the project in 2009, it was pretty much built in our spare time - 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.”
He was inspired to make the car after seeing a previous world record for a hearse travelling over a quarter mile was 13.72 seconds.
The Vice President of AMS performance cars, added: “We’ve broken and currently hold many records for different platforms we work on, but if you’re not into that type of car it doesn’t really mean much.
“I was looking to hold a record that anyone could relate to - something you could tell your mom about and she would understand – that’s why we took on the 9.94 second quarter mile run.
“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.
“For 2015, we’ve got a new forged engine and a bigger turbo, the car’s making 1300 horsepower so I plan to make this record even harder to beat.”
Along with a Chevy six litre V8 engine and new cams and valve springs the hearse also features its original stereo and equipment to carry a casket in the back.
Arne added: “I wanted to avoid the standard old Cadillac Hearse. I wanted something that looked sportier, so we targeted the late model Chevy Caprice and Buick Roadmaster as possibilities.
“It had to be black with a red interior because to me that is how a classic hearse should look.
“It actually took over a year for us to find the one we wanted.”