Marussia Motors

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Marussia Motors
Founded 2007
Founders Nikolai Fomenko
Andrei Tsheglakov
Jefim Ostrovskiy
Defunct April 2014[1]
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Key people Nikolai Fomenko (President)
Products Automobiles
Subsidiaries Manor Grand Prix Limited, UK (operating as Marussia F1 Team)
Website MarussiaMotors
The badge used on Marussia's cars.

Marussia Motors (Russian: Маруся [ma´rusja]) was a Russian sports car manufacturer founded in 2007. It was the first Russian manufacturer of super sports cars. It designed, developed and produced the B1 and the B2 sport cars in Russia. Marussia was led by former motor racer Nikolai Fomenko. The Marussia B1 was launched in December 2008 in the new Manege hall in Moscow.

In 2010, it acquired a "significant stake" in the Virgin Racing Formula One team,[2] which was later renamed Marussia F1 from 2012 and is still competing in Formula One.[3]

In April 2014 the Marussia Motors company has been disbanded, with staff leaving to join a government-run technical institute. The Marussia F1 continue unaffected as independent from a car company.[4]

Models[edit]

Marussia B1
Marussia B2
Marussia F2

B1[edit]

The first Russian sports car and first car made by Marussia Motors. It has a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Marussia has announced they will build 2,999 of the car. The car has been produced at the Marussia Motors production facility in Moscow, with the company's first showroom following in the city in September 2010. Structure is light and strong semi-monocoque and powered by Cosworth-built V6 engines developing between 300 and 420 bhp depending on the specification.

Specifications[edit]

ENGINE MARUSSIA-COSWORTH 2,8 TURBO

  • Placement В Mid-mounted
  • Volume 2,8 L turbo
  • Maximum power(hp) 360, 420
  • Max. torque(Nm at rev/min) 520(60000)/4000
  • Type Petrol, turbocharged V6

WEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE

  • Gross vehicle weight (kg) 1100
  • Top speed (km/h) >250
  • Speed Up 0-100 (km/h) 3.8 sec (420 hp)

SUSPENSION

  • Type Independent
  • Front A-arm, “pushrod” scheme
  • Rear A-arm, “pushrod” scheme
  • Hydraulic booster +
  • Disks Ventilated
  • Brake calipers 4-piston
  • EBD +

DIMENSIONS, (MM)

  • Length 4635
  • Width 2000
  • Height 1100
  • Width 2680

TRANSMISSION

  • Drive Rear-wheel
  • Gearbox 6-speed automatic

ENGINE MARUSSIA 3,5

  • Placement В Mid-mounted
  • Volume 3.5 litre
  • Maximum power (hp) 300
  • Max. torque (Nm at rev/min) 410/4000
  • Type Petrol, V-shaped, 6-cylinder naturally aspirated

TYRES

  • Type Pirelli PZero Rosso
  • Front, size 245/35/20
  • Rear, size 285/35/20

FUEL SYSTEM

  • Tank capacity (litre) 80
  • Fuel/octane number Petrol/95

CHASSIS

  • Aluminium semi-monocoque

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B2[edit]

The B2 features a more aggressive and "brutal" design and is available with the same engines as the B1. B2 was first shown to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The list price of this model was about 100,000 Euro.[6] A total of 500 units were made, which has been sold out in 2012.[7]

Specifications[edit]

ENGINE MARUSSIA-COSWORTH 2.8 TURBO

  • Placement В Mid-mounted
  • Volume 2.8 L turbo
  • Maximum power (hp) 360, 420
  • Max. torque (Nm at rev/min)520(600)/4000
  • TypePetrol, turbocharged V6

DIMESIONS, (MM)

  • Length4635
  • Width2000
  • Height1100
  • Width2680

SUSPENSION

  • TypeIndependent
  • FrontA-arm, “pushrod” scheme
  • RearA-arm, “pushrod” scheme
  • Hydraulic booster+
  • DisksVentilated
  • Brake calipers4-piston
  • EBD+

WEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE

  • Gross vehicle weight (kg)1100
  • Top speed (km/h)>250
  • Speed Up 0-100 (km/h)3,8 sec (420 hp)

TRANSMISSION

  • DriveRear-wheel
  • Gearbox6-speed automatic

ENGINE MARUSSIA 3,5

  • PlacementВ Mid-mounted
  • Volume3,5 L
  • Maximum power (hp)300
  • Max. torque (Nm at rev/min)410/4000
  • TypePetrol, V-shaped, 6-cylinder naturally aspirated

FUEL SYSTEM

  • Tank capacity (litre)80
  • Fuel/octane numberPetrol/95

TYRES

  • TypePirelli PZero Rosso
  • Front, size245/35/20
  • Rear, size285/35/20

CHASSIS

  • Aluminium semi-monocoque

Marussia F2 SUV[edit]

The Marussia F2 is an SUV model. According to Marussia it can be used as a mobile command center, as a military vehicle or as an emergency vehicle. The prototype was shown on May 2, 2010.[8] The SUV model will be made 300 units in 2012 by Valmet Automotive.[9]

Body[edit]

The Marussia B1 and B2 models are based on the same semi-monocoque chassis with a steel spaceframe covered by carbon fiber panels - differing only in body shape.

Engine[edit]

Both Marussia sports models are mid-engined, with the engine mounted transversally on the back axle. The English company Cosworth supplies Marussia with two different V6 engines. One is a naturally aspirated 3.5 liter producing about 300 horsepower and the other is a 2.8 liter turbo-charged engine offered in 360 or 420 horsepower variants. The 420 horsepower engine allows Marussia cars to reach a claimed top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

Transmission[edit]

The B1 and B2 use a six-speed automatic gearbox. A six-speed manual gearbox is in development.[citation needed]

Safety and reliability[edit]

The energy-absorbing cockpit is a three part space frame of steel tubes of different sections. The front and rear subframes are attached to a central cell. In an impact, the subframes are designed to absorb energy by deforming. The B1 and В2 vehicles have passed Russian safety tests and obtained their certification.[citation needed]

Motorsport[edit]

Formula One[edit]

Main article: Marussia F1

Marussia Motors currently manage their own factory works team after buying into a large stake of the Virgin Racing Formula One team. Starting from the 2012 season the team competed under the Marussia banner as the Marussia F1 Team. Marussia F1 Team placed 11th in the Constructors title of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship and improved one position to 10th in the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Plans and prospects[edit]

Marussia Motors has stated its intention to open at least two new showrooms in 2011, with London and Monaco named as probable locations. The company wishes to market its cars to large European countries and some in Asia and Australia within several years, with the United States to follow. Planned steps to support this are the desire to manufacture vehicles in Western Europe and increase the product range. Marussia Motors anticipates presenting 7 models at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to include a new sports coupé, a luxury SUV, a luxury sedan, and a small city car. However, owing to their discontinuation in 2014, the projects never came to be.

In popular culture[edit]

The Marussia B2 appeared in the racing video games Need for Speed: World, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Need for Speed Rivals and Driveclub.

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