Exclusive test drive of the first Russian supercar Marussia B2
… So, let's see what kind of myths exist about the Russian supercar, and is it possible to consider them true?
Myth number 1: "Maroussia" does not exist
Lies! In fact, this myth is completely shattered even after the official opening of Marussia car showroom on Tverskaya Street in Moscow this year. Evil tongues, prorochaschie rapid decline of Russian supercar, were irrelevant. Despite all the difficulties and difficult crisis year, the project alive Marussia healthy and continues to grow. Now in the lineup has been two models: B1 and B2, and soon to be joined by two sports utility vehicle.
Moreover, the model B2 looks so cool that we are in the process of taking pictures and just had time to that ward off various onlookers, employees, and then norovyaschih get into the lens of the camera. Russian sports car appearance would be the envy not only the Italian Lamborghini and Ferrari, but Batman and some-mobile.
Myth number 2: "Marusya" collected abroad
Lies! Production of the Russian supercar is located on a fairly large area of the plant with a touching named "Snowflake". And it is not over the hill, as it is rumored, and in Moscow, near the metro "Botanical Garden". Outside, the company does not stand out from their own kind. Normal Industrial Area, embarked on a commercial footing. With a bunch of tenants, harsh guard at the gate and eternal jostling of cars and people at the entrance.
Inside, everything looks a little different, though the Russian reality "rushing" here from all the cracks. Looking for a beautiful backdrop for photography we had to spend a lot of time.
However, the beauty of appearance has nothing to do with the production car. In the shops of "Snowflakes" supercar builder is going to like Lego, of the supplied custom glass, engine, transmission, attachments, brakes and wheels. And everything else, including body panels, interior and even suspension components are manufactured locally.
But it all begins with a sheet of paper. In the design office, where we luckily managed to get (even with cameras!), Employs about 10 people. Mostly young men 25-30 years old. Making the best traditions of design studios — a neat office, modern computers, lots of light, a lot of posters on the walls with sketches, sketches, photographs of other cars and other beauty. Shoot all that, we of course, forbidden, but something still got into the camera lens.
In short, the car development process chain is as follows:
1) develop the design is approved
2) The result is sent to the department of development of structures
3) There are 3D-model, verified the reality of creating machines
4) then executed drawings and design documentation
5) Then go orders for
Whole Plant "Marussia" three main departments: the manufacture of composite materials, and body parts, welding / riveting and assembly locksmith. There are, however, auxiliary parts machining, where, for example, the metal parts are painted with powder paint, leather bands interior parts, etc.
Creating plastic parts — a fascinating story. Technologies that are in the hands of the Marussia Motors, allow to make any product in the shortest possible time. From the completion of the construction details in KB before the "live" sample is held less than a day.
At the beginning of the master model is made, which is filled with special silicone composition resembling jelly. Then, the master model is taken out, in the "jelly" made the holes, which is filled with polyurethane to displace air in the resulting matrix. Further, all placed in a special furnace wherein one another through the holes injected two-component (plastic). After about 40 minutes of baking part is ready. We can only remove it from the mold, remove burrs and possible flaws.
After the end of the assembly car checked for defects. Next to him is controlled lights, pour all of the liquid, test the operation of all systems that measure the power.
Myth number 3: "Maroussia" does not go
Lies! Having caught sight of the first national development, many immediately jumped on the car with a terrible negative. This is understandable, for 20 years total collapse of its own production in the country, perceive something domestic, with the exception of military equipment is difficult. But nothing of the products of the domestic auto industry is better not to speak.
However, do not say anything until you try yourself. This opportunity was presented to us, and now we can easily dispel the myth about the slowness "Maroussi."
Outside of the car and the doorway seem unnatural compact. But in fact, get into and stay in the "Marusya" quite easily. Unfortunately, I sat behind the wheel is closer to the evening, so the photograph is blue test car had no chance. By the way, it's a little different from the later red-and-black color, which we filmed on the "cover" of the article. For example, the door to my car was the usual, while the red and black, they opened up and had a servo.
Inside the car is convenient, although the seats in height quite a bit. At my height of 178 cm from the top of the head stock to the roof was not more than 3-4 cm Seat belts in the Russian supercar conventional three-point, but they are a mirror: the belt is on the right and left of the castle. Marussia steering wheel is very comfortable, has a nice ebb and petals switching speeds.
The center console catches the eye immediately three displays that show all the information. Behind the wheel — instead of the usual dials just the first one. We must pay tribute to the designers and programmers Marussia Motors — looking information perfectly. The center displays machine, which will turn on lights, open doors, etc. Left and right of all service information. On the perimeter — two scales that show the vehicle speed and engine speed.
To start the car, you need to insert the smart key in a special slot and press the «Start Engine». Somewhere behind him, a powerful roar, the car shudders a bit, the engine start. Speed stabilize at around 600-700.
For about 10-15 seconds on the other monitors are loaded on-board multimedia systems. Feel like a hacker, the black screens running white lines — "Maroussia" works on "Linux"!
The test car was no room, so leave the territory of the plant on it was impossible. Plus it as a class are no rear view mirrors. Instead, the situation behind transmit video, but in my car, they were not connected to a monitor. By the way, visibility "Marussia" quite tolerable. Dimensions of the front of the supercar start to feel almost immediately, and the small side windows, loopholes are quite informative.
So how is it going? Unusual, interesting, easy. Thanks to the "machine" and start to drive a car any person without special training. By sled feelings "Maroussia" close to a conventional car — only a wide, very low and hard. On the test car was turbocharged Cosworth 2,8-liter 360 hp, so the bottom to 1200-1500 r / min felt a slight dip, but then the engine comes to life and begins frantically to disperse the car. As luck would have it, just then a straight section of the plant "Snowflake" came to an end …
While driving there is still work to do. Suspension has a rather noisy, and the body panels are responding to every bump unpleasant creaking in the cabin. Was not clear and the smell in the cabin. After starting the engine, "Maroussia" I met roasted aroma of gasoline and carbon. One of the engineers, grant me the car, it is written off to an early version of the car. Well, I want to believe that this is so.
Myth number 4: Marussia — Collective Farm
Lies! For the first time we met with the project in the middle of December 2008. Then, in the building of the "New Manege" in the exhibition Millionaire Fair the first presentation of the car. During the event, Nikolai Fomenko told an amusing background to the appearance of "Marussia". The idea was born in Nicholas while participating in professional auto racing when he broke part of the front body kit and a wing of his car and had to urgently seek a replacement. As a result, all the parts were made in four hours in a nearby Chinese shop for $ 250, and the ordering of the UK it would have risen to 20 thousand dollars.
Soon, the idea became a reality, but on the show two years ago, it was an occasion for jokes. The fact is that the quality of the debutant left much to be desired. On paint can be detected bulge between the body parts were gaps, and the design itself looked visibly damp.
Beauty is it at all similar to what was seen in some kind of old «BMW», past the garage tuning. All this has contributed to the Russian public opinion demanding and has created many a rough image of the machine, which is often popularly referred to as "collective farm".
What we have seen and touched two years later, has nothing to do with the first raw sample. From a visual point of view, is not to find fault with Marussia. Those bold solutions invented by designers, made it to the version that is close to the series at its best. All items are produced at its own facilities using ultra precision equipment. Quality control — strict.
Myth number 5: "Maroussia" expensive
Lies! How much to ask for newcomers Marussia Motors brand-new copies of the B1 and B2? Price, excluding taxes, starting with 100,000 euros for a model with B1 and 117,000 euros for B2 by 3.5 liter naturally aspirated engine, an outstanding 300 hp For those who want it hot engine, will offer a version with a turbocharged 2.8-liter unit, which have been issued by a herd of 360 to 420 horses, depending on the variation. The wheels can tear the asphalt with a maximum torque of 500 and 600 Nm respectively. However, cost is the most evil version of "Maroussi" is now 138,000 euros.
What you can buy for the same amount, if choose from sports cars? Audi R8 cost of 6,000,000 rubles, BMW M6 and order more. Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini can immediately leave the sidelines, like all serious athletes from Mercedes. These "friends" will cost at least double the price of "Marussia". Perhaps for some kind of money you can buy a Nissan GT-R, Porsche weak 911 or "gray" Chevrolet Corvette. But the most important thing is that all this production cars! It is clear that quality problems in production cars is much less, but when it comes to exclusivity, this question is rarely raised to the surface. Limit the R8 series of special edition of 333 copies, and you can be sure that the price you immediately bite.
If we compare the "Marusya" with low volume competitors, the issue price is no longer relevant. Most of the interesting projects remain outside of our attention, but whether it is a Turkish Sazan, Belgian Vertigo, Japanese Orochi, Brazilian Vorax, Spanish Tramontana, English Ascari, as well as many others unfamiliar to most of the inhabitants exclusive lighters — they are more expensive creations Nikolai Fomenko . Even relatively inexpensive Korean Spirra c include customs duties unpleasant surpasses 250,000 euros. Of course, there are more options in the form of a brain twisting Caterham or Ariel Atom, but these legendary designers not quite cars, but rather upgraded card overgrown. Moreover, they are made only for the race track.
So that the latter also successfully dispelled the myth. All these comparisons are interesting and exciting, but the truth hurts your eyes. Super cars on the market, especially in the Russian market price "Marussia" low. As our quick investigation, buy anything even remotely similar to the Russian supercar for the money is not possible. Not surprisingly, the project Marussia is very popular, not only in Russia but also abroad. According to Nikolai Fomenko, the company now has 700 pre-orders. And in the near future, the production of the machine can be extended by opening another plant in Belgium.
Paul observations, Roman Tarasenko, Alexey Sulima