The world's fastest vehicle on four wheels, Juan Monte Carlo's rocket car, will create history when it blasts down the main straight of China's first purpose-built Formula One standard track in November. Powered by an Apollo-type rocket, the car was built by the NASA Research Bureau in Los Angeles 10 years ago and has never been seen in China before. Since its construction, the car has set a string of world-best acceleration records throughout Europe and it was the intention to attempt the world 250-metre record at the Zhuhai circuit. Executive director for the Asia Dragster Racing Division of JMC, Juan Tamenne, said yesterday he was excited about the prospect of racing in China but added that it won't be possible to break the 400 km/h barrier over 250 metres at the Zhuhai circuit. 'Originally we thought the Zhuhai track had a main straight of 1,200 metres which would have been enough to go for the record, but we have since discovered that it is only 900 metres long,' Tamenne said. 'Unfortunately, 900 metres isn't enough to meet safety requirements but we will still be able to put on a thrilling demonstration for the Chinese motor racing fans.' Tamenne, who has been in Hong Kong for the past few months doing the groundwork for a world record attempt, said the rocket car would be air freighted to Hong Kong after it completed a demonstration in France on September 15. 'I would like the car to be in Hong Kong for a week or two so fans here can see it before it goes on a promotional tour in China,' he said. The rocket car will be unleashed on Saturday, November 2, in a special night demonstration. Accompanying the rocket car to Asia will be JMC's jet car which is powered by an F15 fighter engine. It produces a pillar of flame from its afterburner which is spectacular at night. Even though the record attempt has been ruled out, it may still be possible to do it in China after the meeting. Government officials in Zhuhai are being sounded out to make the Zhuhai airport landing strip available for a world-record attempt, but even if the go ahead is given, it won't take place until after the Zhuhai meeting. The Zhuhai meeting will be the first on the circuit and will host a leg of the World Sportscar Endurance Championship on November 3. Support races will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Work has just begun on surfacing the track plus the pits complex and control tower. To keep on schedule for an August 5 and 6 inspection by two officials from the FIA (world motorsport's governing body), construction and surfacing are continuing around the clock. An official of the China-Zhuhai International Racing Circuit said yesterday work would continue around the clock after the inspection to ensure the pit complex and control tower were completed. 'It was originally intended to build a temporary pit complex for the first meeting, but we have now decided to have a permanent one from the beginning which obviously will take longer to build,' the spokeswoman said. The circuit hopes to eventually host a round of the F1 World Championship.