Queen of Diamonds II

Mar 1, 2013

Al, Ellen and Rich Hanna of Hanna Motorsports, Enfield, Conn., have announced the debut of the Queen of Diamonds II, an all-new semi-streamliner and 300-mph jet dragster.

Hanna Motorsports, a 50-year professional drag racing corporation, has previously been recognized for its world speed and ET record-holding GOJO Firebird and high-tech Top Secret Firebird jet Funny Cars, according to a press release.

The original Queen of Diamonds, which debuted in 1997, dominated the jet dragster category and has run a best elapsed time of 5.04 seconds at 311 mph.

“The car, with a 270-inch wheelbase and off-set driver location, is designed to have the engine run easier and cooler,” Rich Hanna said. “We started running Racepak (Data Systems) onboard 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.”

The new car is a “pod design” with the top fuel-style drivers’ compartment in a pod on the left side of the center of the car, and the fuel tank in an aerodynamically matched pod on the right side.

The car has a carbon fiber body, multiple titanium features throughout and an aircraft-style canopy over the driver’s area.

The BASF paint and lettering will be applied by DragGraphix of North Brookfield, Mass., which has worked with Hanna for many years, the release noted.

“We’ve had the design for this car on the drawing board for more than six years,” Al Hanna said. “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, N.C., 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.”

Jill Canuso of Pottstown, Pa, who will drive the Queen of Diamonds II, noted: “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 me, my team and for all of the fans that experience the QD II.”

The completed machine will go through wind tunnel testing at the A2 Wind Tunnel Complex in North Carolina before testing begins at Maryland International Raceway. The Queen of Diamonds II will officially debut at Summit Motorsport Park’s season opener on April 27.