Rosco currently holds the Australian Land Speed Record with Aussie Invader II, in which he achieved 500 mph (802 km/h) in 1994. He has driven Aussie Invader III to 643 mph (1,035 km/h) in 1996, which was at the time faster then Richard Noble’s WLSR. Unfortunately bad weather prevented a return run and a new record.
Aussie Invader III For Sale
There have been several stories in the press recently about the sale of Aussie Invader III, here is a typical one that appeared on the Perth Now website.
WA SPEED demon Rosco McGlashan is selling the car which set the Australian land speed record, in the hope of going even faster.
The jet-powered Aussie Invader III has been put up for sale for $300,000 to raise money for McGlashan’s latest land speed machine, Aussie Invader 5R.
McGlashan set the current Australian record of 805 km/h in Invader III at Lake Gairdner in 1994. He later clocked a world record 1035 km/h but bad weather prevented a second pass required to make the run official.
Aussie Invader III comes fully equipped with transport trailer and working order 36,000hp Mirage fighter-jet engine packing 18,000 pounds of thrust. The one-piece Kevlar body sits on hand-forged solid aluminum wheels designed to rotate at 8000rpm.
Mr McGlashan said he was happy to chat to anyone interested in buying Invader III, with the exception of tyre kickers.
The jet car is currently stored in Perth and McGlashan said he hoped the car would stay on Australian soil.
“Aussie Invader III is a big part of land speed history here, so ideally we’ll keep it in Australia. We would like to see it go to a museum or be used to fill a large commercial space, like a foyer,” he said.
“We need to raise some much needed funding for our latest land speed car, Aussie Invader 5R. We hope to be test running in 2013 but still need specialist materials and expertise to get there.”
With a 200,000 hp rocket and 62,000 pounds of thrust Aussie Invader 5R would be be the most powerful car ever built, capable of reaching 1600km/h in just 20 seconds.
McGlashan said he hoped to launch Aussie Invader 5R at the Australian International Motor Show in October before beginning testing for a world record attempt in 2013.
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