Bloodhound SSC Gets Competition from Australia
The team is lead by Australian Speed Record holder, Rosco McGlashan, who plans to take the fight to the British, with their oxygen and bio-kerosene rocket-powered car. The whole machine is based around an Atlas V rocket, and it produces somewhere around the 200,000 hp mark. The prediction is that it will reach the 1,000 mph mark in just 20 seconds.
As with most such vehicles, designed to go very fast over dried lake beds, the Aussie Invader features solid aluminium wheels, which weigh 100 kg each, and can turn at up to 10,000 rpm without suffering any damage. However, they don`t plan on reaching the proposed speed right away, opting to do it in stages, in order to ensure the safety of the driver.
Also, the record-breaking run will not take place at Bonneville, as is most often the case, as the team have opted instead to stay in Australia. They currently have two proposed locations, in Kimberly, Western Australia or Birdsville, Queensland.