February 2021 Frank Stephenson Design & Praga Cars Confirms 2021 Creative Partnership
London, 09 February 2021 – Frank Stephenson Design, independent design company set-up by renowned designer Frank Stephenson, and Praga Cars, the 114-year-old Czech Republic-based designer and manufacturer of the all-carbon R1 racing car, have agreed a “Creative Partnership” that will see them working together on a number of projects in 2021.
- Frank Stephenson Design and Praga Cars announce 2021 “Creative Partnership”
- First project centred around Praga’s all-new R1 race car with details unveiled soon
- Praga R1 will be seen racing in the 2021 Britcar Endurance championship
- For more information about Frank Stephenson Design, visit: https://www.frankstephenson.com/
- For more information about Praga Cars, visit: https://pragaglobal.com/cars/
The first project of the collaboration is based around the all-new R1 racing car, which features carbon and zylon body panels, improved aerodynamics and driver aids, as well as a larger fuel cell to support longer endurance races. At just 634kgs and with 365hp on tap in race mode, the prototype-style car, that can compete in GT classes, is a dramatic and unique design that appealed to FSD as soon as Stephenson laid eyes on the car in the flesh in late-2020.
With the first project already underway, more details will be revealed soon prior to the start of the 2021 Britcar Endurance race season in the UK at Silverstone in March, where Praga is defending its title, expanding its R1 race grid presence from three to ten cars.
Frank Stephenson, Frank Stephenson Design, said: “I was invited by Praga Cars UK to come and see the R1 at the 2020 Supercar Drivers Club Secret Meeting at Donington Park in November and immediately knew it could be a great car to work on from a design perspective. It’s a purely engineering-led aero body, and it is like nothing else on the grid, which really excites me as I admire design that stretches the boundaries of what is possible. We have a few ideas about our follow-up projects later in 2021, but first, I can’t wait to reveal the surprise that we have in store to kick off this collaboration.”
Mark Harrison, Managing Director Praga Cars UK, said: “We have worked together at MINI and McLaren and it’s always an exciting journey with Frank. I knew he’d love the dramatic, functional look of the R1 and so it proved. The R1 is now in its fifth generation, so is a well-honed all-carbon downforce racer, but what we have planned will really raise the car’s profile to a new audience. It’s a real privilege for Praga to be working with such an iconic car designer as Frank and also to provide him with an opportunity to work on a championship-winning racing car.”
The Praga R1 project marks an exciting start to 2021 for Frank Stephenson Design, as it continues to work on a wide range of fascinating projects including Moonmark, a project that will see the first race taking place on the moon, and BabyArk, the world’s safest child’s car seat, amongst others.
Praga is a 114-year-old engineering business based in Prague that has produced almost every product possible on wheels, from motorcycles to racing cars, road cars to military vehicles, fire engines to aeroplanes.
Frank Stephenson Design works with world-class dynamic talent open to changing reality with clients from all over the world, stretching the boundaries of design wherever possible.
For more information about Frank Stephenson Design, visit: https://www.frankstephenson.com/
About Frank Stephenson Design
Frank Stephenson Design is an independent design company, with world-class dynamic talent and creativity, open to improving the reality for clients from all over the world.
In 2018, Frank Stephenson founded the independent design company, Frank Stephenson Design, based in London (UK), to collaborate with companies from all sectors of industry, delivering segment leading style, refinement and performance. Frank Stephenson Design represents the culmination of the talent and skills of one of the most renowned designers today and seeks to create a lasting, strong and positive impact through added design value for all its clients.
In an increasingly digital world, YouTube has become one of the most important mediums to share your work. In April 2020, Frank Stephenson launched his official YouTube channel amassing over 125,000 to date.
About Praga Cars
With a history dating back to 1907 Praga Cars has a rich history designing and manufacturing cars, motorcycles and aircraft. Headquartered in Prague, its latest offering – the Praga R1 – racing car secured over 30 wins and podiums across the UK, USA and Europe in 2019.
The Praga R1 provides the perfect motor racing platform for a serious amateur or professional driver looking to compete on a national and international stage. Its composite monocoque ensures the highest safety standard and its lightweight design allied with impressive aerodynamics and a race-bred engine delivers world-class performance. Designed with simplicity of operation in mind, it can be run with a minimum operational crew, while offering race-winning performance in an affordable package.
Alongside the R1 racing car, Praga also produces its own line of racing karts which compete at World Championship level, and the Praga Alfa a multi-purpose STOL performance aircraft.
Tom Duggan, Influence Associates
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