Praga returns with a vengeance

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R1R: First road model released since 1947.

After auspiciously avoiding the spotlight for 68 years, Czech manufacturer Praga has announced plans for a limited edition release of the super-sport road car Praga R1R in 2016. 

Founded in 1907, the company quickly diversified into motorcycles, engines and gearboxes before its chief factory was heavily bombed during WWII. 

The R1R will be the first road model released since 1947, anticipated as a commemorative model rather than a step back into the fray. 

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So what does over a half century lay off bring to the contemporary landscape? The lightweight model comes in at just 670kg, with a power to weight ratio of over 575bhp/tonne enabling it to hit 0-62mph in under three seconds. It is carbon constructed and uses a 390bhp Formula Renault 2.0-litre engine enhanced by in-house turbo and electronics.

Forced induction allows for plenty of torque while a six-speed auto box offers an excellent power flow. The two-seater cabin optimises space through offset controls and a roof mounted switchgear

The design features front and rear mounted crash boxes and a carbon composite monocoque to deliver safety technology matched only in Formula one. It is in effect a double seater race car adapted for the roads and has a generated down force that exceeds its weight, so can theoretically turn corners upside down. 

Marking the time since Praga last hit the roads, 68 custom-modified editions will be on sale coming in at a reasonable £140,000 (€199,000). 

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