Jet car for sale, going fast
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.
Sound investment: Roscoe Mcglashan with Aussie Invader III and (below left) with the 5R