Aussie Invader 5R is rivalling the British Bloodhound team to be the first to break the 1000mph barrier
19 October 2012

An Australian team, Aussie Invader, has launched its campaign to break the world land speed record. The team, lead by Australian Speed Record holder Rosco McGlashan, hopes to beat the British Bloodhound team to reaching speeds of more than 1000mph. 

Aussie Invader 5R, currently under construction, will be powered by an oxygen and bio-kerosene rocket engine. The unit is based on that used in the Altas V spacecraft and will produce 62,000lbs of thrust - approximately 200,000 horsepower - allowing the car to reach a predicted 1000mph in 20 seconds.

The solid aluminium wheels run without tyres. McGlashan’s team say they weigh 100kg each and can turn at up to 10,000rpm

Like Bloodhound, the team expect to increase their speed in stages to maximise driver safety. McGlashan hopes to set the records within Australia itself. Kimberley, Western Australia and Birdsville, Queensland are the most likely sites for an attempt.

Josh Woodcock

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19 October 2012

200,000 BHP o_O?!

Power race is still very present then...

19 October 2012

Should be a good race between the Brits and the Aussies to see which gets there first (if any). I'm not biased but come on the Brits...

19 October 2012

These things stopped being cars a long time ago and are wingless jet planes with the only real engineering challenge being how to keep them in straight line - I'm not going to say "why bother?" as I'm sure it'll be fun for the team, but there's no real engineering advancement, just a big jet engine outsourced from elsewhere.

not sure what they're doing in a car mag.

19 October 2012

"the only real engineering challenge being how to keep them in straight line"

Not sure that's true. Reading up on the 'Bloodhound', they've gone into an immense amount of detail engineering in every single part of that 'car'. It's quite impressive the amount of thought and technology has gone into it. http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/project/car

Sure ultimately they're just keeping it in a straight line but that was true of when they used internal combustion engine cars for speed records. Pointless but exciting, certainly for the guy who has to pilot the thing. Eek.

19 October 2012

surely a sports air filter and nitrous kit could do the same on MG 25 GTI.  No need for the rocket as halfords don't stock it.

19 October 2012

The Bloodhounmd project is not just about breaking their own landspeed record though as their main aim is to get schoolkids into engineering, even though it was the former Minister of Science Lord Drayson who came up with the idea, I do think the government should be giving the team more backing.

19 October 2012

whose "Green Monster" looked like it was knocked together in a shed but went head to head with Craig Breedlove's much more sophisticated Spirits of America for several years when the record went from sub 400 mph to plus 600. Hope that the Brits with their admirable concentration on tech investment and education don't get beaten by a bunch of Oz Tinkerers! Aussies don't have much regard for reputations........ Craig Breedlove also in the race so should be a vintage period for record fans.

19 October 2012

They will have to get someone of another nationality to drive it - they get nicked for 68 mph on a motorway, with fines typically doubled on public holidays; Mark Webber must be the only Aussie with any experience at over 70 mph!

Ask Lewis Hamilton about 2010...............

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