The new Praga Bohema is a sub-2,204 pounds, mid-engined two-seater that, in the right hands, is capable of extreme high performance on track targeting GT3 race car lap times on its semi-slick Pirellis. Yet it is also comfortable and practical for head-turning road trips.
With its carbon fiber monocoque and race-oriented fully adjustable suspension, it is extremely light, targeting just 2,164 lbs (wet without fuel), while its powerful Nissan GT-R-derived six-cylinder twin-turbo engine ensures reliability, ease of servicing and the potential for further performance tuning. While the Bohema’s race-derived semi-automatic transmission will support a unique on-road experience with track-focused performance.
Its independent suspension uses pushrod-operated adjustable dampers mounted horizontally for maximum travel while minimizing bodywork height. In such a lightweight car, with just 396.8 lbs of unsprung mass, Praga’s development engineers were still able to keep the suspension supple enough for road use without having to resort to expensive adaptive suspension systems.
The central-locked wheels are 18in diameter at the front and 19in at the rear to offer on-road compliance through their large tire walls, but the Bohema will accept 18in wheels all-round, which ensures compatibility with the FIA GT3 spec tire dimension – the race tire with the widest possible range of competition tires globally. The powerful brakes use lightweight but durable 380 mm carbon ceramic discs with six-piston calipers.
The Praga Bohema is entering the final few months of development with road and track programs planned in the UK, Europe and Middle East and at the Slovakia Ring home circuit. Production of the $1.31m (+ taxes) hypercar is scheduled to begin in the Czech Republic in the second half of 2023, with just 10 cars initially scheduled for 2023 production. A global client visitor and spec’ing headquarters will also be established in England in 2023, building on Praga’s growing race program in the UK.
Approximately 20 cars per year will be hand-built over the following four years ensuring exclusivity for owners, and Praga plans to offer track handover programs with its experienced test-driver lineup for owners to ensure that the full performance and capabilities of the Bohema are understood and accessible.
Tosan Aduayi writes is a motoring enthusiast and writes periodically from Mansfield, Texas – [email protected]