Aussie Invader team launches World Land Speed Record campaign
The Aussie Invader team has launched its campaign to break the World Land Speed Record currently held by the British at 763 mph (1,223 km/h).
The team unveiled key components for their rocket-powered title contender Aussie Invader 5R including the world's fastest wheel, capable of withstanding speeds of 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h) and the rocket engine's liquid oxygen and bio-kerosene injector interface system, a key component of the 200,000hp rocket motor at the Sydney Motor Show in October 2012.
Aussie Invader 5R is being built in Perth, WA by land speed legend and Driver Rosco McGlashan OAM and his team. The Aussie Invader campaign is progressing well with the body of the vehicle now constructed and key components such as the wheels and the motor being produced in Australia.
Aussie Invader 5R will run on four solid, tireless aluminium wheels, each weighing 140kg, spinning independently and capable of rotating at 10,000 rpm. The car's rocket motor is capable of producing 62,000 pounds of thrust, over twice times that produced by Aussie Invader 3, making it the world's most powerful car.
At 1,000 mph Rosco and the car will break the sound barrier by close to one and a half times and will be travelling faster than a bullet fired from a handgun.
Rosco said that much of the work involved in the Aussie Invader 5R was pushing the boundaries of vehicle engineering and a range of Australian and some international experts were contributing to the campaign.
"Producing these wheels is a good example of the many years of research, design and development by the Aussie Invader team and it is a testament to the hard work and skills of those involved with the project."
As the race to the world land speed record and breaking the 1,000 mph mark heats up between the Australian and British teams, McGlashan is confident of the team's chances in the land speed battle.
"We've got the best people in the world working to get us to the start line and then across the finish line first. It's a fierce but friendly competition between our British rivals Bloodhound SSC but we're well progressed with our build and will be firing up our rocket next year."
Rosco said that one of his next tasks was to look for potential test and track sites in Australia that could be considered alongside the options in the United States. A geographic search of Australia has revealed a potential site in Queensland.
To find out more about Aussie Invader 5R and the race to become the fastest nation in the world visit www.aussieinvader.com.