If you haven’t heard of Praga in all its 117 years, you soon will. The Czech firm has just started building a 700 bhp, sub-900 kg hypercar called the Bohema.
The mid-engined machine is powered by a 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 derived from Nissan’s GT-R, tuned by the UK’s Litchfield Motors, and fitted with a titanium exhaust system. The motor is hooked up to a Hewland sequential transmission with drive sent to the rear wheels only. Pushrod suspension utilises fully-adjustable Öhlins dampers, there are carbon ceramic disc brakes all round, and Pirelli Trofeo R tyres.
The car’s tub and bodywork are all carbon fibre, with a Chromalloy subframe for engine and gearbox, while the styling is the result of a vast amount of wind tunnel testing with a Formula 1 team. The Bohema’s aerdoynamic performance is exceptional, delivering 900 kg of downforce at 155 mph – even more than the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Such is the focus on performance that the Bohema doesn’t even have doors. Instead the sides of its canopy open scissor-style, so owners will need to be pretty nimble just to get in or out. Once ensconced in the cabin they’ll find two sporting seats and surrounding trim tailored in leather or Alcantara, and a tiny, quartic steering wheel with its center providing all the road and race data you could ever need.
Although it’s been built with outright circuit performance in mind the Bohema is street legal and has is currently undergoing testing on the icy roads of the Czech republic. That’s in addition to plenty of track time at Spa-Francorchamps, the Red Bull Ring and the Nürburgring in the hands of F1 and IndyCar’s Romain Grosjean and Top Gear’s former Stig Ben Collins.
Praga plans to build 89 examples at a shade under £1.2 million each, with the first delivery due in the summer. Should your budget not quite stretch that far Praga also makes some seriously cool go-karts priced from a rather more easy-to-stomach £4,000.