Out of almost nowhere, a new hypercar from the Czech Republic now appears.
Praga Bohema, at 982 kilos, is powered by a V6 from the Nissan GT-R and will soon start asserting itself on the tracks as well as the roads.
Praga is perhaps the oldest car brand you’ve never heard of. It was formed 115 years ago in the Czech capital, Prague.
Over the years, they have manufactured everything from motorcycles and airplanes to go-karts. Twelve years ago, they also started manufacturing racing cars.
And now, almost like a bolt from the blue, they present their hypercar Praga Bohema. The inspiration is said to have come from racing driver Romain Grosjean, who has been an ambassador for Praga for a long time. He challenged the Czechs to develop a hypercar for two people that should be able to provide a unique driving experience on the racing tracks as well as on ordinary roads.
The result is the Praga Bohema – and it is a hypercar that stands out in today’s climate.
One horsepower per 1.4 kilograms
Other manufacturers proudly display their electrified squeals on assembly lines. The Rimac Nevera and Pininfarina Battista have made a splash as the world’s fastest mass-produced electric cars in different ways this past week.
But Praga Bohema is not an electrified story.
Under the hood roars a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from the Nissan GT-R. The engine has been taken from Japan to England to be modified and then sent over to the Czech Republic in a smaller version to fit a little lower in Praga’s hypercar.
But the weight is of greater importance for the car’s performance, they say. After extensive work where, among other things, they tried to use as much carbon fiber, magnesium alloys and titanium as possible, the car’s total weight lands at only 982 kilograms.
The car delivers 700 horsepower and 725 Nm of torque. According to their own calculations, there is one horsepower per 1.4 kilos, which does not directly apply to horses.
The classic measure 0-100 km/h runs in 2.3 seconds and the car has a maximum speed of 299 km/h, which is the highest realistic speed you can achieve on most racing tracks, says Praga.
Made in 89 copies
Praga Bohema is therefore manufactured to be able to be driven both on the tracks and on normal roads. But it doesn’t seem to be particularly common on the roads.
It will be produced in 89 copies. And yes, the price tag is what it is.
Bohema costs from 1.31 million dollars, which corresponds to roughly 13.7 million kroner.
Production is supposed to start in the second half of 2023 and the hope is to build 20 Praga Bohema a year.