|Rosco McGlashan holds a model of his rocket car in front of one of the specially designed wheels for the Aussie Invader 5R in Sydney on October 18, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/William West)
TORONTO - Ever wondered what the shape of speed might look like? Here are a few clues.
It would be 16.5 metres in length overall, have an empty mass of 6.363 tonnes and sit on four wheels.
The rocket-shaped body would be made of hand-forged aluminium alloy and weigh in at 140 kilos.
Power would be supplied by a 200,000 horsepower liquid-fuelled rocket designed to propel it from 0-1,609 km/h in 20 seconds on the way to a top speed approaching 1641 km/h or Mach 1.30.
Crikey, that’s faster than a speeding bullet and it comes with a distinctly Australian accent.
Its name? The Aussie Invader.
Chances of success? We’ll find out soon enough as all of the above are on the way to becoming reality.
On Wednesday, land-speed record team Aussie Invader officially launched its campaign to beat the world land-speed record.
The team unveiled key components at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney for its rocket-powered title contender, Aussie Invader 5R, including the world’s fastest wheel, capable of breaking the 1,000 mph barrier (1,600 km/h) and the rocket engine’s liquid oxygen and bio-kerosene interface system, a key component of the rocket sled.
Driver Rosco McGlashan said his team wants to set the record mark before a rival British effort titled Bloodhound beats them to it.
“We’ve got the best people in the world working to get us to the start line,” a confident McGlashan said.
“It’s a fierce but friendly competition between us and our British rivals but we have progressed well with the build and will be firing up our rocket next year,” he added.
McGlashan said his team is now looking at test tracks in Australia and keeping options open in the United States.
The current world land-speed record holder is the British-designed and built ThrustSSC. On Oct. 15, 1997, it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph) and became the first car to officially break the sound barrier.