Jet car for sale, go­ing fast

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HERE IS a su­per deal— there’s a sub­sonic racer on the mar­ket for the price of a mere su­per­car.

In­ter­ested par­ties must come up with about $250,000 and out­bid the likes of chat-show host and car-nut Jay Leno, and two mu­se­ums.

Aus­tralian land speed record holder Roscoe Mcglashan is sell­ing his Aussie In­vader III to fund his cur­rent, and fifth, project, Aussie In­vader 5R.

Mcglashan says the Kevlar­bod­ied ve­hi­cle is good for 1035km/h thanks to its Mi­rage jet-fighter en­gine (which ex­plains the in­ter­est from an air­craft mu­seum), is in per­fect work­ing or­der and comes with a fully equipped trailer.

He is tak­ing the fight to a Bri­tish teams in a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar war on salt, each rac­ing to­wards glory at 1600km/h, well past the speed of sound. He was work­ing his way to dou­ble his 500mph (800km/h) record when he heard the Bri­tons were fir­ing up to do the same.

Bat­tler Mcglashan is build­ing his new car in his garage in Mul­laloo, WA. In the other corner is world land speed record holder Andy Green, who clocked 763mph (1220km/h) in 1997.

‘‘ All I’ve ever wanted to do is set the world land speed record at 1000mph. It’smy life,’’ he says.

But one prob­lem, he says, is what hap­pens be­yond the 768mp/h (1236km/h) thresh­old.

‘‘ We’re not quite sure what hap­pens when we pass the sound bar­rier,’’ he says.

‘‘ It could be that the air drag sud­denly is a lot less, which could present prob­lems with con­trol­ling the jet en­gine’s 62,000 pounds of thrust (about 150,000kw or 790 Com­modore en­gines). Nei­ther of us wants to go soon.’’

He’ll take his 15m-long rock­et­pow­ered Aussie In­vader 5R to a dry salt lake for an as­sault on Green’s record, set in the rocket and jet­pow­ered Thrust SSC, but has ‘‘ no idea’’ when.

Neil Dowl­ing

Sound in­vest­ment: Roscoe Mcglashan with Aussie In­vader III and (be­low left) with the 5R

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