New Praga R1
Praga Motor Company officially launched the new Praga R1, which is the successor to the successful lightweight all-carbon prototype car. The latest upgrades of Praga R1 include a new designed carbon fiber monocoque, splitter, floor, diffuser and rear spoiler; as well as improved engine management software, improved electronics, adjustable pedals, larger fuel tank, and improved suspension. The new R1 will replace the car that achieved overall victory in the Britcar Endurance Championship last season, with 7 victories in 9 races.
While retaining its iconic profile, each body panel is new. Carbon fiber monocoque also use zylon panels to improve driver safety. A new floor and splitter were introduced to optimize floor air circulation to the modified diffuser. The rear wing completes the new aero kit, which generates 15% more downforce while reducing drag by 5%.
The R1 continues to be powered by a 2.0 turbo R-A Praga T engine, a proven racing engine from Renault Alpine, which generates 365 bhp in a race car that weighs only 643kg, producing lateral forces of up to 3G. The upgrade of the engine management software improve the throttle response and produce a smoother power curve with a wider window. The longer torque, coupled with the reduction in drag, will make the R1 more competitive against GTs.
The new Praga R1 is designed to be easy to set-up and maintain, and can be operated by a single mechanic. The large carbon body panel is very light and easy to remove to allow access to the mechanics. Other major upgrades have optimized the performance of the new Praga R1, especially for endurance racing. For example, now includes a 50% larger 92-liter fuel tank (up to 32 liters), which now contains 2 main pumps and 4 scavenging pumps. In addition, this version has new headlights for night or wet racing, and also adds multiple in-car controls to enable the driver to monitor the fuel level and fuel and coolant pressure in the cockpit.
The first new Praga R1s are being delivered through Praga's racing service partner in the UK, VR Motorsport. The new Praga R1 is assembled at the company’s established development and engineering facility near to the Slovakia Ring