Slovakia isn’t exactly known for its sports car-building prowess. However the Praga R1 might just start to change people’s minds. It isn’t the only sports car from the eastern European state however. The K-1 Attack has been around for over a decade. But the Praga R1 looks like a more polished machine than the kinda kit car-ish Attack.
The race-focused Praga R1 comes in either single seat or optional two-seat configurations. It is based around a carbon fiber monocoque chassis which helps keep the car’s dry weight to a mere 572 kgs (1,261 lbs). The body work is a combination of quick-release fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber panels. The windows are custom made lightweight polycarbonate units.
The base drivetrain of the Praga R1 is a 2.0 litre Renault Sport engine which is mounted in a mid-longintudinal position. It produces 210 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. Neither of those are particularly large numbers. But with such a low weight, it’s more than enough for some startling performance. Also Praga state that that’s the BASE engine. But they don’t elaborate on what else they offer.
Other engineering highlights of the Praga R1 include a six-speed Hewland transmission, AP Racing brakes, Koni dampers, Sachs Racing clutch, Motec ECU, and an integrated OMP fire suppression system.