A Russian-made chic sports car that rivals Ferrari or Buggati? I hear the doubt. Well, looks like it’s possible. The car industry in Russia is nearly doomed, some might say, or at least in a long-term deep meltdown. But one Russian car maker, Marussia Motors, is trying to change that image by starting to producing two new supercar models — Marussia B1 and Marussia B2, Moscow’s answer to Ferrari. Marussia looks like a classy sleek Italian racing wheel, but 80 percent of it is built in Russia. It’s pretty fast too and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles an hour in 3.2 seconds.
The first showroom of Marussia Motors cars has just opened in Moscow. It is the official start of the sports cars’ selling. Each vehicle will cost roughly 100,000 euros. There are already 700 orders at the moment, mostly coming from Germany, the UK and France, said Marussia Motors CEO Nickolai Fomenko to Vedomosti newspaper. The first deliveries are due to be made in November. By 2014 the company is planning to produce up to 10,000 cars.
Marussia Motors intends to promote its cars mainly through participation in various racing tournaments. Thus, the company is already collaborating with Richard Branson’s team Virgin Racing, and next year Marussia B1 will participate in the racing series Le Mans.
A few more salons will be launched in the nearest future; the one in London will appear in November. The stores in Monaco, Berlin and Stuttgart are expected to be opened next year.
It’s already obvious that Marussia Motors has ambition to gear toward primarily the Western European market, predicting more interest for its vehicles abroad than at home.