Praga Cars releases 1st teaser images of new Praga R1
Praga Cars has released the first teaser images of its new Praga R1, the successor to the car that secured overall victory in this year’s Britcar Endurance Championship with seven wins from nine races.
Full details of the €195,000 2021 turbocharged Praga R1 will be announced in January with production slots already committed through until March. The car will feature a larger fuel cell, significantly revised aero package, improved safety features and enhanced driver adjustments. This includes in-car pedal adjustment, to make it even better suited to endurance racing and even more attractive to racing drivers and team owners.
Further expanding its UK presence, Praga Cars also announced the creation of a new British headquarters for the brand, ahead of the biggest year in its UK motorsport history to date. The Praga UK HQ is planned to open in Spring 2021 and will become the new home for Praga’s motorsport operations in the UK, offering a showroom, race car preparation, state-of-the-art sim facilities, and office space for motorsport-related businesses. Full details of the new headquarters will be announced in early 2021.
Praga racing services provider VR Motorsport will support the Czech marque’s significant motorsport expansion in 2021, as it marks its third year in the Britcar Endurance Championship with the creation of the world’s first dedicated Praga race category. Current plans could see up to 12 cars line up on the grid next year, accounting for all early production of the new R1.
“Today is a significant day for Praga as we reveal the first images of the new Praga R1 from our first ever regional headquarters outside of the Czech Republic ahead of its race debut next season,” said Praga UK managing director Mark Harrison. “I have yet to meet anyone who does not love the look of the R1, and the silhouette of the current generation car remains unchanged, but make no mistake, this car represents a significant step forward in terms of performance and usability.”
“I have the great privilege of driving the new Praga R1 on track and we have been getting some good testing mileage on the car,” said Ales Jirasek, Praga Cars’ R1 factory driver. “We have a new aerodynamic package, and the car feels great and very stiff. We have a lot of new set-up options and adjustments that the drivers can now make, whatever their level of experience and preference. The larger fuel tank will allow the R1 to do longer stints and combined with the new front headlights for night stints, the new R1 is set up really well for endurance and 24 -hour racing. The new turbo improves also power through slow corners and feels great right now to drive.”
Engine: Renault-Alpine F4R Formula 2.0
Cylinders and valves: 4 cylinders / 16 valves
Engine power: 210 bhp – 380 bhp
Engine torque: 210 Nm – 410 Nm
Displacement: 1998 ccm
Bore x Stroke: 82.7 x 93 mm
Dimensions (H x L x W): 965 x 4144 x 1800 mm
Weight: 592 kg – 625 kg
592 kg Weight
210bhp @ 7250rpm Power
220Nm @ 4500rpm Torque
620 kg Weight
235bhp @ 7250rpm Power
250Nm @ 5200rpm Torque
Praga R1T Evo
620 kg Weight
340-380bhp @ 6900rpm Power
370-410Nm @ 5750rpm Torque