A small automotive company based in Orechova Poton - a village in Southwest Slovakia has joined the lines of other automakers to build a track car. Dubbed the R1, it is the third car from Slovakian automaker Praga Racing and impressively it is also road ready.
Hailing from the village that also houses the Autodrom Slovakia Ring, a track built in 2009 that has hosted FIA World Touring and GT1 championship races, it is not surprising then, that a new track car has emerged.
It is pretty reminiscent of the Caparo T1with a Audi R8 lms like rear wing and diffuser. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a modest 207bhp – akin to the unit used in the Formula Renault. But it weighs only 590kg, thanks largely to the utilisation of carbon fibre for its chassis and carbon and Kevlar bodywork which calls for a high power-to-weight ratio.
The powertrain features a Cosworth / Pectel ECU with traction control transferring the power to the rear wheels via a Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox placed in the rear. There is a fully adjustable double-wishbone aluminum suspension in each corner while AP Racing discs with four-piston callipers take care of braking.
While the R1 complies to all FIA safety regulations and is basically engineered for the track, it can also be fitted with a passenger seat and front lights if the customer calls for it. Production started last month and the first cars will compete in the one-make Praga Cup series around European circuits while the company has teased there’s more to come “in the upcoming months”.