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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. 

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 launch this week and 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.

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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…"

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 Wednesday, ahead of production beginning in 2023 – the firm’s 116th year. Its track-only, 643kg R1 sibling has 365bhp and 291lb ft from a mid-mounted four-cylinder engine. 

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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Peter Cavellini 21 November 2022

One seat or two?, nothing saying about a passenger?, is it an assumption?, or, taken for granted there will?

martin_66 21 November 2022
Oh goody!! Another hypercar that only multi millionaires can afford. Woo hoo!!
Anton motorhead 12 November 2022
No matter what it's an absolutely useless car which very very few of us will ever see in the skin and fewer will be able to afford. I am beginning to understand why the Corsa is selling so well.