There are desperate people in the world who can’t live without risk, cars and speed. These are the three components of the same drug, which, having fallen ill, people can never leave motor racing. Stand-alone are the pilots who dream not just about victories and records, but about the absolute land speed record. Today it is held by Briton Andy Green. The former military pilot showed in 1997 an incredible average speed of 1223.7 kilometers per hour on the Thrust SSC in American Nevada.
And recently a pilot from Australia, Roscoe McGlashan, announced his claim to the record. He is known for his Australian speed record. Everything will be decided already in 2022 – a desperate Australian will try to reach a supersonic speed of 1610 km/h in a new rocket car Aussie Invader 5R. He has a good chance of success due to a more powerful engine and more advanced design of his car. It is worth telling about it separately.
Rocket car was designed by engineer Bob Truax. The engine for it was also developed taking into account the specifics of the task. It is known that its power reaches 202 000 horsepower, which is equivalent to the total power of 2128 Volkswagen Polo cars. The 16-meter Aussie Invader 5R weighs 9 tons and is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in just 1.1 seconds. In 30 seconds it should reach an estimated speed of 1,610 km/h. At the same time, it will use 2.8 tons of fuel.
The braking system is no less interesting – in fact, it’s a rocket. It is represented by three independent systems, which will be activated sequentially. First the hydraulic air brakes will be actuated, then the medium speed parachutes and low-speed disc brakes on aluminum wheels, which should work the last and fully brake the rocket car.