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Founded in 2007 by former racing driver Nikolay Fomenko, renowned brand strategist Efim Ostrovsky and award-winning technology entrepreneur Andrey Cheglakov, the creation of Russia’s first high-performance car company is a remarkable story of vision, focus, innovation and ambition.
Appropriately for a dynamic new car company our evolution has been breathtakingly swift. Unveiling our first design – the dramatic mid-engined B1 – in Moscow during 2008, we then followed this with the world launch of the overtly aggressive Marussia B2 at the prestigious Frankfurt International Motor Show in the autumn of 2009. The Russian supercar had arrived.
Just a few months later we took the unprecedented step of becoming first Russian car brand to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, in partnership with Virgin Racing F1. At the end of 2010 we acquired a majority stake in the team – now called Marussia Virgin F1 – and will be contesting the 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
An evolution of Russia’s first supercar, the B2 is an overt expression of our capabilities and ambition. Using the same exceptionally light and strong chassis structure combined with Marussia-Cosworth power units, the B2 allows our designers and our customers to explore their wilder side.
Cleverly styled to mimic the ‘M’ of the Marussia logo, the B2 has an incredibly powerful face. Satin black paintwork emphasises the hungry intakes and geometric elements to the grille and headlamp apertures, while deeply recessed intakes ahead of the rear wheels add to the B2 insectile appearance.
Just as the B1 and B2 share chassis and powertrain designs, so they also utilise the same adjustable suspension (developed in partnership with German brand KW), hugely powerful brakes, ultra-light alloy wheels and high-performance tyres.
The B2 also has some striking differences. One you’ll notice as you make to climb in are the doors, which open in a different but equally dramatic way to the steeply upswept doors of the B1. The interior is also a unique design, although it features all the equipment and multimedia systems that set a Marussia apart from all other supercars.
Marussia production begins - first show room opened in Moscow