Praga Bohema track-focused hypercar revealed
Czech race automotive specialist Praga has joined the ranks of hypercar producers following the reveal of the brand new Bohema, an excessive observe machine designed to even be pushed on the highway.
The Bohema, the identify a reference to 115-year-old Praga’s Czech roots, has been developed from scatch, although its engine is derived from the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 from the Nissan GT-R. The engine within the Bohema has been breathed over by the U.Okay.’s Litchfield Engineering, with Praga’s focused output being 700 hp, or 100 hp greater than the output of the GT-R Nismo.
The engine within the Bohema is mounted behind the cabin and paired with a Hewland sequential transmission. The engine additionally will get a titanium exhaust that runs from the turbos again. Litchfield additionally put in a dry sump lubrication system which helped cut back the peak of the engine by 5.5 inches, enabling Praga to mount the engine very low within the automotive.
Whereas the output may not be excessive by hypercar requirements, the focused weight of the automotive is simply 2,164 lb, and that is with all fluids aside from gas. That is thanks largely to carbon-fiber development, each for the central monocoque construction and physique. Carbon elements—a complete of 56—are additionally discovered within the cabin, together with Alcantara and leather-based trim. Mangenisum and titanium have additionally been used within the automotive’s development to assist maintain weight down.
The outside design appears nearer to a sports activities prototype racer than a highway automotive, which should not be a stunned given Praga’s racing focus. The outside was additionally formed in a wind tunnel, which has resulted in complicated aerodynamics able to delivering 1,984 lb of downforce at 155 mph.
As improvement is not full, Praga is holding again on most specs, although the corporate stated the highest pace will probably be simply over 186 mph. The corporate additionally stated house owners can anticipate the Bohema to show in lap instances just like a GT3 race automotive.
Serving to to hone the automotive is former Method 1 driver and present IndyCar star Romain Grosjean. He stated he was most impressed with the automotive’s capacity to deal with each highway and race observe situations with out the necessity for modication.
“I used to be astonished by the Bohema’s wonderful efficiency on observe, its accessibility on highway, and the convenience of transition between the 2,” he stated in a press release.
Full specs will probably be confirmed nearer to the beginning of manufacturing in 2023. Simply 89 examples are destined for manufacturing, the quantity marking this yr’s 89th anniversary of Praga’s historic win within the 1933 1000 Miles of Czechoslovakia race. The beginning value has been confirmed at $1.31 million.
Praga is but to substantiate the Bohema on the market within the U.S., although the corporate stated it’s in discussions with its native associate, Praga Racing West, primarily based at Sonoma Raceway in California.