• July 25, 2024

The Remarkable Praga Boheмa: An Astonishing $1.28 Million Hypercar That Has Remained Undiscovered.

Marc Bow, courtesy of Praga, introduces a remarkable proposition: a hypercar priced at $1.28 million from a lesser-known company in a country not traditionally associated with high-performance vehicles. What sets it apart is its unconventional powertrain—an expertly tuned and turbocharged Nissan V-6—departing from the expected hybrid or fully electric configurations, as well as the esteemed V-12 engines that still captivate most enthusiasts.

Today, the new Praga Boheмa has been unveiled and already experienced by Robb Reportм>. To entice owners of rare and extreme Ferraris to consider adding a Czech Republic creation to their collections, it must showcase its unique qualities. However, it possesses two distinct advantages.

 

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Taking the helm of a prototype Praga Boheмa hypercar, one can find themselves in a rather fortunate position. While the trend in hypercars leans toward electrification, confidential discussions with industry insiders suggest that certain pure-electric models are facing challenges in sales. Notably, both the limited-edition Riмac Neʋera and its counterpart, the Pininfarina Battista, each restricted to 150 units, have yet to sell out. However, there remains a strong demand among collectors for cars equipped with pure internal combustion engines.

Gordon Murray’s T.50 and T.33, produced in limited runs of 100 units, sold out rapidly, with the T.50 achieving full allocation within a mere 48 hours. Although these models boast a more illustrious reputation and feature bespoke Cosworth V-12 engines, they also come with significantly higher price tags. The Praga hypercar, while not possessing the most exotic powerplant, offers a potentially final opportunity to acquire a hypercar propelled solely by such an engine. Even Gordon Murray, a long-standing skeptic of hybrid technology, has acknowledged that all his future cars will incorporate at least partial electrification. Furthermore, a Praga executive confessed that they are “pushing the boundaries of time.” This circumstance may work to their advantage. With a limited production of only 89 units, swift action may be necessary to secure one for oneself.

 

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The 700 horsepower variant derives its power exclusively from a twin-turbo V-6 engine.

Curiously, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that Praga has a rich history spanning 115 years. In the 1930s, it surpassed Skoda and Tatra, the better-known Czech Republic automakers, in both aircraft and car production. Unfortunately, the advent of communism proved unfavorable for the brand, leading it to focus on trucks and transmissions. Presently under private ownership, Praga ventured into manufacturing race cars 12 years ago. While a few of these cars received license plates, the Boheмa stands as their first bespoke hypercar designed explicitly for road usage, even though Praga understands that most customers will promptly take their vehicles to the track.

Similar to the Riмac Neʋera, which also originates from a country, Croatia, without a prior history of building such automobiles, the Boheмa has been meticulously designed and engineered internally. The engineering objectives were crystal clear: to provide comfort and drivability on public roads while delivering unparalleled performance on the circuit, with a strong emphasis on minimizing weight and prioritizing aerodynamics over sheer power. The aim was to achieve lap times comparable to GT3-class racers, all while utilizing semi-slick tires.

 

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When developing the Boheмa, Praga placed significant emphasis on achieving minimal weight and optimizing aerodynamics rather than focusing solely on raw power.

Consequently, the vehicle’s bodywork plays a vital role, generating an impressive 1,984 pounds of downforce at 155 mph on the 2,165-pound Boheмa. This not only enhances tire grip on the tarmac during cornering but also ensures minimal drag while providing ample cooling air to the turbocharged engine’s oxygen-hungry appetite. However, the creative minds of Juraj Mitro, the chief designer, and Jan Martinek, the chief engineer, went beyond functionality; they imbued the Boheмa with striking beauty, transforming its semi-detached, race car-inspired panels into a mesmerizing work of futuristic art that exudes a sense of perpetual motion even when stationary.

 

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At a speed of approximately 155 mph, the Boheмa skillfully generates around 1,984 pounds of downforce, showcasing its exceptional aerodynamic capabilities.

Among our cherished design features are the astonishingly elongated and graceful arms that elegantly hold the wing mirrors. Stretching from the central fuselage to the car’s outer edge, these arms nearly align with the roof. Additionally, the expansive and subtly curved rear clamshell emphasizes the low positioning of the vehicle’s mass within the chassis. It is a stunning display, defying the notion that aerodynamics mandate a generic appearance for such cars.

The originality extends to the interior as well. Access is gained by descending through a hatch-like entry rather than a conventional door, leading into a cockpit so snug that the two egg-shaped seats are positioned with the passenger slightly lower and behind the driver to ensure their shoulders don’t collide. Remarkably, it remains remarkably comfortable, boasting a fusion of motorsport-inspired elements and luxurious aesthetics that set it apart from any other vehicle on the road. The meticulous finishing touches in carbon, Alcantara, and milled aluminum further enhance the overall allure.

 

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Adorned with Alcantara, carbon, and milled aluminum accents, the cockpit of the Boheмa offers a comfortable yet snug experience.

Once the lightweight hatches are securely closed and the race harnesses are snugly fastened, it’s time to ignite the 3.8-liter, 700 horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine. The engine emits a robust and purposeful growl, but it never overwhelms the senses. Shifting gears with precision, the race-spec Hewland sequential manual gearbox delivers an audible and deliberate “thunk,” while maintaining a smooth transition. Surprisingly, the Boheмa exhibits commendable visibility and maneuverability at low speeds, despite essentially being a road-legal Le Mans racer. Additionally, each sidepod offers 1.7 cubic feet of bespoke storage space, allowing you to envision embarking on memorable road trips in your Boheмa.

 

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Fine-tuned by professional racer Roмain Grosjean, the Boheмa offers a sublime handling experience.

However, handling prowess isn’t its sole purpose. When the road, or more likely, the track stretches out ahead, the car’s acceleration becomes absolutely awe-inspiring. Even though it may not quite match the instantaneous torque and all-wheel traction of a Neʋera, it pushes the limits of your mind and body’s ability to keep up, leaving you exhilarated. The hiss and flutter produced by the turbochargers’ wastegates, once considered unrefined, now contribute to the car’s character in this ever-evolving era of electrification. The sheer noise, ferocity, and mechanical essence of its performance are almost persuasive enough to convert even a staunch long-term electric vehicle advocate back to the allure of gasoline-powered engines.

 

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Enhanced by the expertise of Forмula 1 and IndyCar sensation Roмain Grosjean, the Boheмa’s handling is equally sublime. Its lightweight composition is palpable, evident in its consistently balanced stance and its instant and responsive reactions to every steering command. Furthermore, its remarkable ability to decelerate matches its impressive acceleration, with the carƄon-ceraмic discs momentarily suspending you in the secure embrace of the six-point seat belts before thrusting you back into your seat as you exit a curve.

Opting for a Porsche Taycan as your daily driver and reserving the Praga Boheмa for weekends would indeed be an exceptional way to embrace the transition to the electric age while savoring the final chapters of the gasoline era. The engine’s vocalizations may exude a robust character, but they contribute to a magnificent swansong for the internal combustion engine.

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