A British car which will attempt the land speed record for a diesel was being reassembled yesterday after arriving in the US.

Experts were piecing together the JCB Dieselmax, stripped down to be flown, ahead of inspection.

Organisers said the Staffordshire-built 'streamliner' would undergo stringent technical scrutiny before it could make the record attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this month.

The vehicle is due a test run at Bonneville Speed Week, which starts today, giving the team a chance to acclimatise to the unique conditions ahead of the attempt in a dedicated Federation Inter-nationale de l'Automobile Week.

Project Manager David Brown said there were FIA and Southern California Timing Association regulations covering the class and compliance of the vehicle and of the driver.