Driving to be fastest man on earth
Rosco McGlashan. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

A WA racing driver's bid to become the fastest man on earth is rocketing ahead.

Set to travel more than 1600km/h, the Aussie Invader 5 will be unveiled at the Sydney Motor Show this month.

Driver Rosco McGlashan has put years of work into the rocket car, in which he hopes to break the world land speed record.

"Sydney is going to be the formal launch for the Aussie Invader campaign because the team is ready, the car is looking good and we can see the starting line in the distance," McGlashan said.

"In Sydney we'll be unveiling the first wheel that's ever been made to travel at 1000mph (1600km/h). It's just one of many engineering milestones that will be part of our story."

The record of 1223km/h was set by Englishman Andy Green in 1997, a record McGlashan hopes to smash.

But in a battle of the motoring Ashes, he faces competition from a British outfit which has already test-fired their car's rocket, a milestone the Aussie Invader is yet to reach.

"It's a fierce competition to be the fastest on earth, but it's friendly," McGlashan said.

"There's a healthy level of respect between people who want to move at 1000mph."

The West Australian

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