PRAGA HASN'T MADE ROAD CARS FOR 68 YEARS, UNTIL NOW. IT WAS MADE POPULAR MID-LAST YEAR AND SOMEHOW NEVER MADE IT TO MY NEWS FEED, SO IN CASE YOU MISSED IT TOO, HERE IT IS - THE PRAGA R1R
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For whatever reason, I had never heard of Praga, I wasn't going out of my way to research these Radical - esque road-legal race cars, but still I am truly shocked this car missed my radar completely and I'm sure I wasn't the only one. After doing a little research it became quite apparent that I had to write a quick story about this machine, this is what I found.
A quick history of Praga -
Praga started manufacturing vehicles in 1907, between that time and 1947 Praga had become an airplane, military vehicle, agriculture machinery, and motorcycle manufacturer. However, with the rise of communism in Czech and Slovak lands after WWII, Praga would suffer and ultimately reduce it's manufacturing capabilities to just parts until they produced the Praga V3S - a famous multi - purpose truck that saw several decades of production and in some cases is still seeing use today.
Recent Years -
Praga has recently revamped their company by producing highly successful racing karts, enduro motorcycles, and the infamous R1 - the race car version.. yes there is a race car version of this car and its absolutely insane. I'll include a photo below the videos.
Here are the specs for this road legal race car, impressive 4 cylinder turbo with 390 hp with weight of 1447 lbs pushes this thing 0-60 in under 3 seconds.
|Weight (dry)||670 kg|
|Dimensions (H x L x W)||965 x 4124 x 1800 mm|
|Wheel base||2525 mm|
|Engine||F4R 832 Turbocharged|
|Cylinder / Valves||4 / 16|
|Location||Mid, longitudinally mounted|
|Power||390bhp @ 6750rpm|
|Torque||530Nm @ 4200rpm|
My wrap up of the R1R is this - I want one. Badly. The sound is ughhhmazing, it's gorgeous, and I can legally drive it to track days. This is the solution for purist drivers, with the Praga you can race car all day, every day.
As promised, the Praga R1