Hanna Motorsports to introduce state-of-the-art jet dragster
Nitro Jam Media
Feb 27, 2013
& Rich Hanna, Hanna Motorsports Jets, a 50-year professional drag race
corporation, recently announced the coming debut of what is described as a “True
Revolution” in the jet dragster category; the all-new semi-streamliner and
revolutionary “Queen of Diamonds II” 300 MPH Jet Dragster. Hanna Motorsports Jets is recognized as one
of the premier performers in the jet car category, and a leader in the area of
technology, with their World Speed and ET Record Holding ‘GOJO Firebird’, and their
incredible high tech ‘Top Secret’ Firebird jet funny cars.
The Hanna jets will run at select Nitro Jam events in 2013 including a much-anticipated battle between Jill Canusso in the "Queen of Diamonds" vs. Bruce Litton's 300 mph Top Fuel Dragster at the Pittsburgh Nitro Jam in June.
Motorsports has support from their terrific marketing partners on all their
programs. ‘GOJO Hand Cleaner’ is in the
third year of marketing with Hanna Motorsports.
‘BIC Lighter’ is in the 10th year as a marketing partner with
the Hanna family. The newest member of
the marketing team is the ‘Excel Dryer Corporation’, maker of ‘XLERATOR Hand
Dryers’. All are world leaders of their
respective industries. “Without the
support of these incredible companies, we could never have the success we’ve
had in motorsports. We thank them for
their support and belief in our family, and our race team”, said Rich
Hanna. The team also has support from
BASF, Daigle Truck Master, and Simpson Safety Equipment.
In 1997, the
original “Queen of Diamonds” debuted, and over the past 15 years, this machine
has dominated the jet dragster category at all the events it has participated
in. The current “Queen of Diamonds” has
run a best of 5.04 seconds ET, at a best of 311 MPH. “Over the years, there have been other cars
that have performed better than our car from time to time but, our goal has
always been to be consistent, performing at a high level, with safety at the
forefront of our operation”, stated Al Hanna, President of Hanna Motorsports Jets.
The Queen of Diamonds getting ready for testing
machine features a totally different design, with the driver sitting similarly
to the driver in a traditional jet funny car. “The car, with a 270” wheelbase, and offset driver location, is designed
to have the engine run easier and cooler” said Rich Hanna. We started running ‘RacePak’ on-board
computers in late 1989, and have learned, with certainty, that the engines in
our funny cars run much more efficiently than the engine in our dragster.With the limited availability of parts, and the
rising cost of those parts, our goal is to allow our car to run at a high level
but with less heat and stress. The
design of this car accomplishes that goal.”
goal of Hanna Motorsports Jets is to remain at the forefront of the jet car
category with this new machine. “We’ve
had the design for this car on the drawing board for more than 6 years”, said
Al Hanna. “We’ve worked with our chassis
builder, Dan Page, our designer Larry Williams of Williams Graphics, and Gary
Eaker of the ‘A2 Wind Tunnel Complex’ outside Charlotte, NC to achieve the
ultimate semi-streamliner design. We’ve
also consulted with Ron Main, owner and designer of the ‘Speed Demon’ LSR
machine, who’s run close to 500 MPH at Bonneville. Special thanks to Dan, Larry, Gary, Ron and
all those who’ve supported this incredible project.”
The new car
will again be driven by Jill Canuso of Pottstown, PA. “Jill has done an incredible job of driving
for us, she is a true racer”, said Al. She recently was fitted into the cockpit of the new machine, and feels
right at home. “Continuing to drive for
Hanna Motorsports Jets is special. I recognize this opportunity as being one of
the most 'special moments' in my racing career. The ‘QD II’ will be the
quickest, fastest and most technologically advanced race car I've ever
driven. Undoubtedly, 2013 will be one of the most memorable years for
myself, my team and for all of the fans that experience the ‘QD II.’"
The Queen of Diamonds at the 2011 Palm Beach Nitro Jam
The new car
is a ‘pod design’ with the top fuel style drivers’ compartment in a pod on one
left side of the center of the car, and the fuel tank in an aerodynamically
matched pod on the right side. The car
features a carbon fiber body, multiple titanium features throughout, and the
use of an aircraft-style canopy over the driver’s area. The ‘BASF’ paint and lettering will be
applied by ‘DragGraphix’, North Brookfield, MA, who’s worked with the Hanna
group for many years.
many of our competitors will look at this machine, understand what we’re
accomplishing by the new design, and join us in the future with cars similar to
ours.” said Al.“This is far from the
first jet dragster built of this design.
In fact, the first known side-driver jet dragster was built in the ‘60’s
by none other than Art Arfons, and many have followed over the years.”
completed machine will go through wind-tunnel testing at the ‘A2 Wind
Tunnel Complex’ in North Carolina before
testing begins at Maryland International Raceway.
information on Hanna Motorsports, visit hannamotorsports.com.