Praga previews road-legal hypercar

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Czech engineering company Praga has previewed its new lightweight, carbonfibre-clad, petrol-powered hypercar, which will be its first road-legal offering since the limited-run R1R of 2015.

Power figures have not yet been disclosed, nor have any of the model’s technical specs, but all will be detailed when the new model is fully unveiled on 23 November, ahead of production beginning in 2023 – the firm’s 116th year. Its track-only, 643kg R1 sibling has 272kW and 395Nm from a mid-mounted four-cylinder engine.

As well as being historically famous for making heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles, tractors, boats, aeroplanes, tanks and karts, Praga has cemented itself as a leading global motorsport outfit in recent years. Its new hypercar model will “deliver extreme performance for enthusiast drivers”, the firm has said.

The road-going car, which will be powered by a combustion engine, will be sold alongside the aero-focused, lightweight R1 single-seat racer – and a fresh teaser video hints at a similar focus on slashing lap times.

Visible details include a cockpit-style design, wide-set, enclosed wheels, a dual titanium exhaust and Alcon brakes. Intriguingly, the car appears to do without the racer’s colossal rear wing.

As part of the teaser, Praga said: “And you thought we just made race cars…”

The latest Praga will no doubt be built in extremely limited numbers and have a price that aligns it with the most fearsome track specials on sale today, such as the upcoming McMurtry Spéirling fan car, which, its maker said, will command a “seven-figure” price.

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