Praga to launch new R1 and expand UK presence

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Praga Cars has revealed what it says are the first stages of an expansion program, which begins with the appointment of ex-BMW and McLaren Automotive executive Mark Harrison to head up the newly formed Praga Cars UK.

The manufacturer says it has made the strategic decision to increase its presence in the UK, a key motorsport market, through the creation of Praga Cars UK. Harrison, who also leads commercial operations globally for Praga Cars, will initially oversee the launch of the new, fifth generation, all-carbon R1 racing car. Alongside news of the new car, the company has also agreed  a new all-Praga category within the 2021 Britcar Endurance championship. According to Praga, at least 10 cars are already committed to the series.

Details of the fifth generation R1 will be revealed in November. The car will feature a larger fuel cell, revised aero package, improved safety features and enhanced driver adjustment to make it better suited to endurance racing.

Harrison said, “Praga Cars is an exciting place to be right now, evidenced by the new customers and guests we have already secured for 2021. We have exciting expansion plans within the UK and globally, and it’s a genuine team effort. With VR Motorsport we have built a strong, race-winning platform in Britcar and a good relationship with the organization’s management. I am really pleased that, together with Vincent Randall, we have agreed this exciting 2021 plan with Claire Hedley at Britcar. The dedicated Praga category will lead to exciting racing and a great spectacle for racegoers as well as a platform for a one-make series in 2022.”

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