AUSSIE INVADER 5R SSC
BORNEO - 19 October 2012
SYDNEY: An Australian race crew hoping to beat their British rivals to a new supersonic land-speed record launched their bid yesterday, unveiling the first parts of their rocket-powered bullet car.
“A lot of people will say ‘Oh that’s great but how does that benefit mankind?’,” “But there’s just so many spin-offs with it – the physics, the science, the technology that goes into developing something like this is a win-win for everyone.”
“But it’s all been a culmination to where we’re at now, where we’ve nearly built, nearly completed the world’s best, fastest land-speed car.”
The engine under development will produce about 62,000 lbs of thrust (200,000 hp) and burn up to 2.8 tonnes of propellant (liquid oxygen and bio-kerosene) in about 25 seconds. The engine will go through a gradual shutdown sequence, as shutting the engine off completely once Aussie Invader 5R has exited the measured mile would result in severe negative “G” for the car and driver.
Rosco McGlashan (Born
1950) OAM is an Australian drag racing record-holder, who currently holds the Australian land speed record at 500 mph (802.6 km/h). This record was set on the 27 March 1994 on the dry salt flats of Lake Gairdner, South
Australia 440 km (270 mi) northwest of Adelaide.
Rosco McGlashan and the Aussie Invader under construction
McGlashan set the record in his jet-powered car, Aussie Invader II. The car was powered by a 36,000 hp Atar jet engine from a Mirage jet fighter aeroplane. In February 1995 Rosco and his team headed back to Lake Gairdner for an assault at the 633.468 mph (1,013.55 km/h)
world land speed record, held by
Richard Noble. This attempt was not a success, due to poor salt conditions, the course being very wet in places. McGlashan ran off course and hit the metal timing equipment at 960 km/h (600 mph). McGlashan walked away but the car was destroyed.
Aussie Invader 5R SSC concept video
Aussie Invader III
McGlashan then built his next car Aussie Invader III. With this car McGlashan hoped to challenge
Andy Green and Craig Breedlove to be the first to Mach 1 on land. But again the salt conditions were too bad for high speed record runs. And on 15 October 1997, Andy Green reached 763.035 miles per hour (1,227.986 km/h), the first supersonic record (Mach 1.016).
The Aussie Invader 5R supersonic car & rocket motor workings
Aussie Invader 5R
Needing a car with more power, McGlashan has announced that he has designed a new car, Aussie Invader 5R. This car will be rocket-powered and is designed for speed greater than 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km/h). The
rocket car will be his biggest and most powerful yet at 18 metres (58.5 ft) in length and 3 metres (10 ft) high at the tailfin.
Aussie Invader 5R minimal frontal area
The Aussie Invader 5R is being built in Perth in Western Australia by a committed team of speed enthusiasts, aiming to achieve the impossible. Their aim is to attempt the World Land Speed Record in 2013/14 with Aussie Invader 5R, which is said to be capable of 0 – 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h) in 20 seconds.
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