Marussia Motors was founded in 2007 by racing driver and TV presenter Nikolay Fomenko and ideologist Efim Ostrovsky as Russia’s first high-performance car manufacturer.
With backing from scientist and investor Andrey Cheglakov, Marussia’s evolution from dream to reality has been swift. The company unveiled its first mid-engined supercar – the Marussia B1 – in Moscow during December 2008 and launched both the B1 and an even more aggressively styled B2 model to the world at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2009.
Underlining the seriousness of its aspirations, Marussia then entered global motor sport’s top tier as a partner of the then new Virgin Racing F1 team at the start of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. Maximizing this association, Marussia has previewed its new generation of supercars to invited guests at the famous Grimaldi Forum during the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and alongside the grandeur of Stowe stately home in Buckinghamshire during the British Grand Prix.
Since the milestone global reveal in Frankfurt, Marussia has been gearing up for full-scale production recruiting the best engineers and technicians, preparing suitable facilities and developing prototype models using test tracks and race circuits. Sharing further heritage with Virgin Racing, both B1 and B2 models are powered by engines designed and developed by Cosworth in the UK.
In preparation for imminent customer sales, a prestigious showroom was recently opened in central Moscow and the company has announced plans for similar sales centres in other major European cities with London and Monaco venues due to be finalized in the early part of 2011.
Looking further into the future and highlighting its ambitions, Marussia gave a striking F2 multi-purpose SUV vehicle its world debut in Moscow earlier this year and with a number of exciting new concept designs and future plans in the pipeline, this fast-moving manufacturer is destined to show the industry that Russia is capable of becoming a major automotive force.
In 2011, Marussia Motors strengthened its relationship with the race team, by acquiring a significant stake, creating in 2012 the Marussia F1 Team.
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