Yes, bare-bones roadsters like the Ariel Atom and KTM X-Bow are nice, but we can't help but feel those machines are held back by their (quasi) street legal status. What we want is a carbon fiber track animal. Something like the Praga R1. The Slovakian-built racer reads like a personal wish list for going faster. With a curb weight of just 1,261 pounds dry and 210 horsepower from a Renault four-cylinder mounted amidships, the R1 should be a blast to fling around a road course. A six-speed sequential transmission puts power to the rear wheels and a set of AP Racing brakes brings the contraption down from speed.

Praga also seems concerned with keeping its buyers in one piece. Six-point race harnesses, neck restraints and an integrated OMP fire suppression system are all part of the package. There's no word on how much the R1 will set you back, but we imagine it won't be cheap. You can watch it whip around a track in the video below.



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      buddahson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Words I never thought I'd say : "I want a Slovakian car called an R1". I am really impressed with the looks of this. Though I think a motor swap or FI may be in order. 350hp sounds about right if this thing really is as light as they claim.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @buddahson
        Check out Praga's testing days at Vallelunga, Italy; 22-23 January 2013 or follow fanpage https://www.facebook.com/pragacarR1
        Milan Orszagh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @buddahson
        They also have their "own" V8 with 520bhp. Not sure if it will fit tho. Check out Prage R4S.
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you don't care about street legality, there are tons of used DSR and formula race cars which make ideal track cars. Prices for decent cars start around $20K, and most of them will be far faster than any road car. They will usually come with spares any everything. Regardless, I think cars like this or used race cars make a million times more sense than the $1M track-only FXX Ferraris. They are likely faster than the Ferraris as well.
      chest rockwell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Memories of the Caparo T1 came to surface...
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      Milan Orszagh
      • 2 Years Ago
      100k EUR
      Přema Kachlík
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you sure about the "Slovakian"? Praga is a Czech brand.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @Přema Kachlík
        Yes, completely designed and built in Slovakia, but under Praga brand. So it is CzechoSlovak or SlovakCzech, whatever you prefer :) Check out latest speed magazine (czech mutation).
      phun-ky
      • 2 Years Ago
      The price will be below €100.000 according to roadtest.cz
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @phun-ky
        Ready to race setup €95,000 preorders till 31/Dec 2012, €98,000 on orders placed in 2013 www.pragaracing.eu
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      eeenok
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'm a big fan of cheaper machinery but i'm not so sure about track-only machines - seems to me that being street legal is the only pathway for a car to be produced in large enough numbers that it can have commodity-level cheapness. what we need is MORE uniformity to make it easier for people to get onto the track in the first place: any car that can run flat out all day on a track is a ton of fun, as long as you restrict the competition to similar machinery. imo the club racer who thinks winning is all about investing in better machinery than the other guy to prove that HE is awesome at racing is completely missing the point. i'm still waiting for someone to make the volkswagen of racing machines. i don't think it needs to be as good as this machine, and i'd be kind of surprised if someone could make that happen in the specialist world of track-only cars. maybe it needs to happen in a developing country like india or china
      Milan Orszagh
      • 2 Years Ago
      And actually they plan to do a steet version of this ... wont be soon tho. Still looking forward to a closed track day car + it looks awesome! ;)
      ROLO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can i post some pictures of 3d cars i made here too and call it news?
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