​Video: Is this Volvo really the 'fastest car in Britain'?

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Classic cars are definitely in at the moment. But one thing they are not, is fast. That is until you let motorcycle racer and TV presenter Guy Martin get his hands on them.

The racer has taken a 1967 Volvo Amazon estate and pumped it full of mechanical steroids to create a 788bhp monster which can throw dust in the face of Ferrari 458s, thanks to its small but monstrously powerful turbocharged 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine.

Guy Martin's Volvo Amazon

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The car is so rapid in fact, that Martin claims that it is the "fastest car in Britain", reports the Daily Mail. Topping out at 205mph – despite its bluff 1960s aerodynamics – this machine is potent enough that Martin states: "I reckon it is quicker than any Ferrari, Porsche or even Bugatti," in a column for the Sunday Times.

Martin even goes as far as saying that his creation could show these supercars a clean set of heels on a track as well. And the car he replaced to get his hands on this speedy Swede? Nothing less than an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, which he had become disillusioned with. The rider was shown a picture of the Volvo two years ago after the TT race and clearly fancied a change from his V12 machine...

Take a look at the video below to see this retro machine showing a Ferrari 458 what real speed is: