Aussie Invader 5R - 10 years in the making, watch it all in 10 minutes! PLEASE SHARE.10 years in the making and soon to challenge for the World Land Speed Record, Aussie Invader 5R is a 52ft long rocket car currently under construction in Per... ... See MoreSee Less
10 years in the making and soon to challenge for the World Land Speed Record, Aussie Invader 5R is a 52ft long rocket car currently under construction in Perth, Western Australia. When finished it should be able to accelerate from 0 - 1000mph in just over 20 seconds. It's powered by a bi-propellant....
Good to see steady progress. We're back to planning out and financing the rest of the build I believe. Hope to see the results soon, as we have our mini education program poised for some car action.
Great job .. im interested in your thoughts about the Poms 1000mph build and there carbon fibre construction and most of all can you beat them??
Keep going Rosco!!
Great stuff Rosco and Aussie Invader Team, awesome effort to get this far, can't wait to see the finished product running down the track 👍👍
Thanks for the insight into this awesome creation. My daughter is aiming for a career in engineering and you guys are showing her that anything is possible if you follow your passion. The ripple effect of your efforts are priceless. Thank you.
Awesome video and a awesome effort by Rosco and the Aussie Invader Team.👍
Some of the early shots bring back memories of all those years ago when it was steel tube and Di Candilo's best employee Peter Walsh and little Brendon always came around and offer some sound advice..lol
So its amazing to see the finished dream that Rosco had envisioned all those years ago.
So well done to Rosco and the team behind the man.. it looks great..
This has been a huge job assembling this centre support of our propellant tanks framework. Very special thanks must go to Di Candilo Steel City, John D and Peter Walsh for supplying and laser cutting out the 6 leaf clovers which form the main structure of this support. Thanks must also go to Thomas Fabrication for the expert rolling of our tube seats and test circles, Brad Stacy for his brilliant welding work of this intricate construction, Baz Fitzsimmons for the great CAD design, and Air Liquide for the world’s best welding products, and of course the whole Aussie Invader Team for their input. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking forward to watching this.A documentary about age without limits 82, 86 and 76 are the ages of our three protagonists whose lives are revolving around the Bonneville Speedweek, a land speed… ... See MoreSee Less
If you are young, and watch these type of movie,, they,re inspirational. If like me, then its a little bit like looking into a mirror that shows a part of a single dimensional future. I,m 60, and I still ride a motorcycle,, either I have lots of years in front of me,, or it could end tomorrow,, but one should never give up doing what keeps you young.
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Thomas Fabrications in Bayswater, Perth, have just completed an extremely precise fabrication job for our rocket engine's propellant system. These folks did a first class job on the rolling and forming of our cylinders seats, millimetre perfect. Thank you Brian, Rin and the mighty Crew at Thomas Fabrication. ... See MoreSee Less
As if you aren't all already psyched enough, watch this great footage of Speed Week 2017 by the Street Machine guys.
Your efforts are very much appreciated Glenn Torrens and Simon Davidson
For those that haven't been before, you can learn a lot from watching this.
Later this year David Warby will be going after the world water speed record. He is trying to up the record held by his father, Ken Warby, who has held it for Australia for over 40 years. We wish him all the best.
We have had a few questions recently about our project and we have the answers on our website aussieinvader.com. For all our new supporters, who do not know how we got here, this is a good overview on my past, my machines and the 5R project. ... See MoreSee Less
Like the go kart picture Rosco! Great support mechanic and handsome!
Love reading the updates mate.
Great article, Rosco. I still secretly hope you will race here and I will move heaven-and-earth to see it. Failing that, I need to win the lottery so Joe and I can reignite our "funship", not just a friendship. Miss you, You Bloody Legend. Hug the pretty one for us.
Robyn RobertsonRobyn have a read of this
Nice story Rosco and Boris Viskovic. Well worth a read and thanks for sharing.
I watched the documentary on foxtel earlier this week. Fascinating project and so much work has gone into this feat. Probably a question you are asked all the time, but when do you think you'll be aiming to do the high speed runs?
Great to have a visit from Lieutenant Sal Malone who is a Seahawk chopper instructor for our Navy, based in Nowra NSW. Sal is very interested in our car, project and team and was in town to pay us a visit and check on the progress of our exciting mission. She looked at home in the driver's seat and had to be forcefully removed. I was fortunate to have Sal instruct me in a Seahawk simulator in Nowra a couple of months ago, and with her fine tuition, I was able to land a Seahawk on a moving ship! It was a fantastic experience. ... See MoreSee Less
Landing a seahawk on a moving ship...the same as riding a motorbike through traffic on one wheel I suspect!
Rosco is she going to be the driver for the womens record
Be good to get the ADF to add some sponsorship, as they do in the US
I love the project Rossco and though I have only been a selfie supporter I like the way you present and inform us. I scratch my head how it can be so hard for you to raise the necessary support.
I’ll bet that anyone that has had the privilege of sitting in that drivers seat would need forceful removal. Keep up the great work.
Mark commenced his electronics and systems engineering career in the Royal Navy and subsequently, Royal Australian Navy. Working as an Aircraft Avionics Engineer for close to 20 years. Following his resignation in 2004, Mark moved into the motorsport sector. This culminated in achieving a career amb...
We have talked about that the Aussie Invader project and the Thrust SSC / Bloundhound guys being good friends from way back. I came across these photos of when Richard Noble and Andy Green came to my house for a BBQ in December 1998. Andy took great interest in Aussie Invader 3, the car he had made redundant, with his 763mph record! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
The Impossible Engineering episode about Aussie Invader 5R (series 4, episode 8), has been showing in the UK on Yesterday TV. You should be able to watch it on demand on their UKTV player. ... See MoreSee Less
An excellent programme Rosco! You have put so much hard work into it over the years! You deserve to get some serious MPH! We are going for 800-900mph this year with our own 'model' rocket car! youtu.be/ao00g35bfcQ
Thank you so much for being a part of the Starlight Christmas Party! Captain Starlight, all the kids, dad's and mum's I'm sure will be following watching the Aussie Invader and be cheering Rosco on in 2020!
Man, I want to see that fire up. Are you planning on USA or here at Lake Gairdner?
Awesome looking vehicle. It's all up to you guys now. American eagle has gone, bloodhound has gone as well now. Just goes to show that simple always stays the course. Not saying your car is simple, of course it isn't but in comparison to bloodhound which is so so complicated under the skin. I think that was it's downfall, complexity equals dollars. No pressure now guys! Oh if you need a long course I know a place in South Africa that's ready to go 😭😭
My team and I have been through many highs and lows in land speed record racing, people forget there is a human element to these projects. I am sure Andy, Richard and the team are hurting. This is perfectly summed up by a speech made by Theodore Roosevelt....
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ... See MoreSee Less
The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 film that tells the life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years re-building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Directed and written by Roger Donaldson.
Roscoe I hear bloodhound ssc is now for sale as well
Beautiful words Rosco. You know their struggle and all the highs and lows. Let’s pray a light goes on somewhere and they can fire up again. 💖🙏😍🙏
Respect. Thanks Roscoe
Thanks - that's very kind, and very welcome.
Hi Rosco. Great words and meaningful indeed. We need people of your character and respect in this world.
Wishing you and the crew a Safe and Happy Christmas and may the English crew find a supporter or two in the New Year.
Thanks Roscoe. Good luck with the car.
If a Kiwi can do it an Aussie can too. Burt also quoted Theodore Roosevelt
Thank you Sir... we live to inspire!
Well said Roscoe
A great quote too 😢
Nice one, in sad circumstances...
This is why we are called the Aussie battlers. Keep up the great work Aussie Invader team. Your day will come!!
Sad day indeed. We loved these guys and they always helped us when we needed it. Let’s hope that when we break the current record, the British public and the powers that be resurrect the project to try and take the record back. #bloodhoundssc ... See MoreSee Less
We approached the project differently, as there has never been a history in Australia of land speed record racing like the British. Our government, didn’t help us one bit, and in this climate, no government can be seen to put money into a project, without a social payback. What the goverment and MPs missed in Australia is the inspiration of the next generation and feel good factor and pride that comes with national achievement. Without getting too politcal, governments are all about polls and quick return, not long term strategy, that will build a better country. We have had to work on a volunteering and donations basis, picking up sponsors that see the wider picture, when we can. It makes it a lot slower process to build a car, but means we hold our destiny in our own hands. The climate of uncertainty with Brexit, meant companies in the UK didn’t want to commit to unnecessary expenditure.
Ken Warby the current water speed record holder built his boat the same way as us. He’s held the water speed record for 40 years and his son David, is now looking to break the record.
Call me the eternal optimist if you will and I will accept such comments with good grace, but I think Bloodhound WILL ultimately run and get the record. Think about it - the car is ready, the desert is ready, the team are ready. I have never been one to give in on anything in my entire life, regardless of what is thrown at me and I think the team are of the same attitude. It would, however, be an absolute tragedy if the ten years of intense work put in by so many gifted Engineers and Designers did not see their ultimate goal achieved! Let's pray for the Christmas present that would be someone coming forward to make this happen. Having Bloodhound vie for the record with Aussie Invader in the "Ashes" of the World Land Speed Record would be quite something, wouldn't it?
As a Brit this pisses me off more than I can tell you. Not because we might loose this race, but because of what it says about our country.
Aussie Invader. You now have my full attention and support
Very very sad. The AMAZING thing is that today is exactly 10 years since the launch meeting of the project - the first meeting of the 1K Club in Bristol - Sunday 7/12/2008. I have a picture of myself with Richard Noble.
Very sad to hear. But you are such a gentleman. Wanting them to be able to get back in the race. Shows that you Land Speed racers want a challenge like us Drag and Power boat racers. My hat off to you Sir.
Gutted. Have been following this with my young lad, he was getting really hooked into the engineering side of things. The work they were doing with the schools was exceptional.
Ah well. Just have to get him following that damn Australian mob 😛
Surely there is someone out there who is cashed up enough that is interested in this . What about Richard Branson it would look good with the Virgin logo on it. I think this is the sort of competition that needs Redbull behind it to get attention.
Pioneers, explorers & forward thinking people have always had funding / sponsorship difficulties. The fact that Bloodhound SSC have not pushed through the other side despite their high budget & manpower is a credit to Aussie Invader 5R & the team of amazing volunteers, sponsors & supporters who are still afloat & progressing. Maybe some or even one of Bloodhound SSCs sponsors might still be able to achieve their original goal by supporting Aussie Invader 5R as this is an advanced build.
Thats sad Rosco but it clears the deck for you to go for it at your own pace mate so lets show the World what Aussies can do.
Such a shame after all the work
bummer for the Poms. so much work just let go.
Yes bad news indeed...
Go Aussie invader. I have been keeping up with both teams thanks to Phil Richardson. I can see why the bloodhound failed at 25,000,000 pounds and some of the salarys being paid. Aussie invader the record is yours I hope this happens soon before the interest in your project gets lost.
I'm just stunned that this project could get so bloody close to reality and fall at the 11th hour ffs?....
After all the time, effort and money already contributed there's a comparative bargain right there for an astute company/ individual to get worldwide exposure when the current barrier is broken?
This is sad, but not unexpected I guess. Now the eyes of the world are on us. No pressure mate! 🙂
Big job for you Rosco and the Aussie Invader team. Do us proud mate. Sad news for the bloodhound crew.
So sad. Was looking forward to making the trip to watch
Twenty five million pounds???? Seriously this ain’t a crowd funding exercise....😂😂
No bucks, no Buck Rogers.
Somebody needs to call Sir Richard Branson, put in a co-pilot seat and can be a part of the adventure.
Sorry to sound silly but the craft is running yer and done a few test runs I saw so why £25 million needed could you put on here what u will need for that amount of money 💰 for thanks
After all that work... 😥
It's yours for the taking Aussie's, you got this guys 😍😍😍
Why dont they spend all this money on their homeless etc. Bugger outer space
sorry but hopefully it didnt work well ,
is enough that humans destroy this wonderful planet earth. not also too the rest of the universe.
Done and 'slightly dusted', perfect fully autonomous landing. Shades of the future to develop 'habitats' BEFORE Human landings. By 'habitats' I mean fully autonomous development of pressurized Living and Crop Growing Quarters etc etc.
Article about the lead up to the landing will be available, written by me, on cars4starters.com.au at 9, 12, or 3pm today (site owner choice)
Seems like it landed
I worked on the launcher for the uk mars lander. Our bit worked but it failed due to one of the solar panels not operating. Will check the nasa lander in a bit
Fantastic watching and being part of the evolution, thanks for the journey so far and good luck with the future
Wishing you the very best luck. I read an article last week from Richard noble. The bloodhound project has been wrapped up in politics and paperwork and promises from central government. I really hope the administrators can untangle the mess and enable the car to run, give you a contest!! If not I'll back you anyway.
In 2006, wealthy and highly successful record breaker Steve Fossett announced that he had bought Craig Breedlove's 1997 Spirit of America car for a 2008 attempt on the World Land Speed Record. Although there are doubts about the cars aerodynamics, there were no doubts about Fossett's legendary abili...
Yes there is a lot of politics involved, but gone are the days when an individual could afford to build one of these cars. These are built essentially with other peoples money and these days, everyone is accountable for what they spend. Court cases arise at a drop of a hat, sad but it is the reality we work in.
Competition is essential in this area of automotive progress. Best wishes to them.
When are you guys hoping to start the record?
Gotta love the uk government.. 🤪🤪
I support this endevour, but sure seems like a lot of bs politics involved... Hope this thing gets going...:)
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Big thanks to Trident Australia Pty Ltd and their great team. We had a brilliant meeting today with them and they have offered to do all of the propellant tank calculations and assist with the piston and end cap design, plus put these through an extensive testing programme once built.. thanks so much guys! ... See MoreSee Less
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they have been overpromising and under delivering for years. I think sponsors got wise and have finally pulled the plug
I am devastated at the news. I had the privilege to see the car at its unveiling in London. That changed my life. It felt like history was about to be made. But then it went quiet for a long time. The car looked finished ! (it wasnt) Then they did the 200mph test runs at the airfield. The car looked less finished than when I saw it a year before. I thought something was wrong. All the time taking the car apart and refitting and refining. All this costs money. I honestly thought this was all accounted for and part if the planned progress. This is such a shock. Our government won't step in as they have bigger fish to fry. It's got to be crowd fund or major sponsorship. I would prefer crowd fund rather than some tit like Branson, swan in like he is the saviour and take the credit and kudos. Aussie invader has had its financial issues I know, and has survived. Publicity is the key. Positive publicity. Unfortunately not something the British media is very good at it seems. This needs to be a 2 horse race again, I think you will agree.
The Car is way to good for the Project to fail, it would be tragic to see ownership given over to someone else. What ever happens this car has the Technology and the power to break 800mph.
They need a GoFundMe Page. I’ll kick some money in.
Thank you Rosco and the Aussie invader team — sadly I fear that our Country no longer has the foresight to make Bloodhound a successful car and the project will whither away — I bloody hope not though ✊✊
A fella a couple of weeks ago suggested conting Sir Richard Branson. Great idea. I wonder if anyone did?
Unfortunately, the British public, apart from a scattering of a few die hards/normal people will blame brexit, the polish, the lituanians, the royal family, Yada Yada, plus "i only get £20k a year in benefits, how can I live?"
Shame, but the place is fucked!
The thought of both being on the same strip at the same time would be amazing.
I wonder what you could do with £25m pounds Rosco with your Aussie cause....you’ve done it on a shoe string and need to be congratulated for all your efforts over many years mate!
I fear the big problem with going into administration is that the members of the team will have to go and find alternative employment. Once the team is broken up it will be hard to put it together again. Can only wish them the best of luck, it's going to be tough.
It’s a total joke that these projects aren’t fully funded by national governments as they will ride the marketing bandwagon for decades to come after they have raced.
I would still place a very strong bet that they will be at Hakskeen Pan next year, as planned. Richard Noble is one of the most determined people I have had the privilege of knowing and he has come through incredible challenges with all these projects in the past. I just hope that the whoever comes forward with these funds appreciates that the expertise lies solely with the people who work in the Bloodhound project and, once the investment is made, lets them get on with it unhindered!
Sadly the race these days is as much about finance and perseverance as it is top speed. Hopefully they’ll be back in time for a head to head with Aussie Invader!
Maybe they can refigure the project to have much lower costs. Perhaps they can go down the route of a volunteer group rather than a large payroll. The problem is that it’s increasingly difficult to get large sponsorship deals together. The decision is in the hands of media agencies packed with flakes that live in the digital world, and instant gratification on a screen. They don’t care about engineering or real achievements. You need a visionary head of a large business like Paul Allen or Elon Musk to get behind it, then heads suddenly start nodding further down the line. The Media Director of the project and his team busted their balls to get deals, but were met with a wall of indifference from idiot twenty somethings in agencies.
I really think that these two cars, Invader and bloodhound will be the last land speed cars. The technical challenges and costs involved are massive. I really hope bloodhound will be able to run though.
Hope they find the funding. I’d love to see Bloodhound and Aussie Invader in a 1000mph throwdown.
Has anyone called Richard Branson, he likes high profile stuff??
It would look good with a virgin tail fin
Yes I saw this earlier, I hope they get it back on track
Appreciate your sentiments 🙁
It does show that the high-tech, high-cost route isn't automatically the successful way. The race to 1000mph is still on.
Been saying it for yrs that this is a dead end project that will never see the light of day, still I hope I'm wrong but seems that way
Every cloud has a silver lining. Maybe now a patriotic company or individual will step up to the plate. Why haven’t the F1 guys got involved it’s the obvious fit. They have all the technical back up the Bloodhound team need, plus the contacts with sponsors. If say McLaren got behind the team, then doors would fly open. I’m sure there must have been contact.
Facebook page is gone 😪
That's a huge let down for everyone and especially for the Build team who have contributed so much over many years, I cant imagine the Bloodhound project being abandoned, hoping this situation can be resolved in a positive way.
Administrators are in doesn't mean the project will stop. Pause, surely, but stop? Let's hope not.
Unfortunately dreams are never free. Especially when the goal of the dream has never been achieved.
Sad to see this happen. Hopefully they do come out the other side. As one of the media reports has said the project did fulfill some of it's objectives in nurturing STEM interest in school kids. I was invloved in a number of roadshows and did STEM presentations in the UK and here in Australia, and it was great to see the interest it garnered from both young and old. Let's just hope it gets to make an attempt at it's main obhective and not just become an exhibit in a car museum as "The car that could have been....".
I believe both Bloodhound and Aussie Invader will still compete for the ultimate prize.
I also hope that the American Eagle has an opportunity for 800mph.
Many people have commented that Aussie Invader 5R looks a lot like The Blue Flame. We take that as a great complement, to be compared with Dick Keller's creation, driven by Gary Gabelich and its monumental achievement in 1970.In 1970, The Blue Flame became the world land speed record holder. It was the last American team to set the world land speed record, and the last on the Bonn... ... See MoreSee Less
Ken Warby has held the world water speed record for 40 years. 👏👏👏 His son David is out to break it soon, and we want to make it a double for Australia. 🇦🇺The 8th of October marks the 40th anniversary of Ken Warbys second & current World Water Speed Record of 317.60mph - 511 kmh. Ken is the first man to officially exceed 300 mph & 500 kmh on water, the first Australian to hold an unlimited speed record, the only man in history to design, build and drive a boat to a World Water Speed Record, he is also the only man alive in the world to ever hold the Record..Happy Anniversary Ken !!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
One thing that is in no doubt, is that Aussie Invader 5R is going to travel fast, very fast. By the time it exits the measured mile on a full high speed run, it should be exceeding 1000 mph! Getting to the start of the measured mile will only take 22 seconds and a 3.
I'd want an ejection seat in something going as fast as this will 🙂
With that awesome bit of kit. If after a run you decide not to turn the engine off and pop here on the other side of the Planet which let's face it looking at this beauty would only take a few minutes. Just let me know I'll be more than happy to get you a pint or more down my local pub. Looks absolutely fantastic. With great things the journey is never easy and you folks 100% respect. A serious well done to you all.❤️
Love your technical posts mate 👍
Admiration, fear, astonishing, exciting are all words that come to mind. 🙏🏻🎉🎊🙏🏻
Having driven thousands of miles, had several great meetings, we’ve made it to Vegas - it's Sunday and we've been to Church so we can have some refreshments. What happens here stays here apparently! ... See MoreSee Less