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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

While vodka, caviar, and the Cold War might be associated with Russia, something else important came from there: the Marussia B1 supercar.

That's right! A supercar made in Russia tried to compete with high-performance cars with a mid-engine vehicle built with the help of Cosworth Engineering. Also, keep in mind that the car manufacturer benefited from the F1 experience since it was a partner in the Marusia-Virgin F1 Team with Richard Branson.

Marussia designed the B1 around an aluminum shell and covered it in more carbon fiber than most supercars from that era. The carmaker followed Collin Chapman's idea to make a car light instead of powerful. But it didn't leave aside the aerodynamic. Since it was a mid-engined vehicle, it sported a slim front area with triangular headlights and a raked and curved windshield. Two front air intakes cooled the brakes and helped to increase the downforce. A pair of vents behind the front wheels released the air trapped in the wheel well. Behind the scissor-type doors, the carmaker made the air-intakes for cooling the twin-turbocharged engine.

Inside, the carmaker installed a leather-clad interior with hand-stitching. There was not a single analog dial in the cockpit. Marussia opted for a digital instrument panel and two additional touch screens: one on the center stack and the other on the passenger side. A pair of slim, high-bolstered bucket seats provided the side support needed during high-speed cornering.

While it wasn't a compelling car, it had the same power to weight ratio as a Ferrari Italia. The carmaker built the Marussia B1 in three engine versions for specific markets. Unfortunately, the company was dissolved in 2014 when most of its 300 employees left and joined a governmental project for a luxury car.

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MARUSSIA B1 2010 - Present
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.8L Turbo (360 HP)
  • 2.8L Turbo (420 HP)
  • 3.5L 6AT (300 HP)

MARUSSIA B1 2.8L Turbo (360 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L Turbo (360 HP)
Cylinders
v6, turbocharged
Displacement
2800 cm3
Power
269 KW @ - RPM
360 HP @ - RPM
361 BHP @ - RPM
Torque
384 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
521 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
direct petrol injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6 speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/35 R20; 285/35 R20
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.5 in (4636 mm)
Width
78.7 in (1999 mm)
Height
43.3 in (1100 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425 lbs (1100 kg)

MARUSSIA B1 2.8L Turbo (420 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L Turbo (420 HP)
Cylinders
v6, turbocharged
Displacement
2800 cm3
Power
313 KW @ - RPM
420 HP @ - RPM
420 BHP @ - RPM
Torque
443 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
601 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
direct petrol injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6 speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/35 R20; 285/35 R20
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.5 in (4636 mm)
Width
78.7 in (1999 mm)
Height
43.3 in (1100 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425 lbs (1100 kg)

MARUSSIA B1 3.5L 6AT (300 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L 6AT (300 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2800 cm3
Power
224 KW @ - RPM
300 HP @ - RPM
300 BHP @ - RPM
Torque
302 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
409 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct petrol injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/35 R20; 285/35 R20
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.5 in (4636 mm)
Width
78.7 in (1999 mm)
Height
43.3 in (1100 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425 lbs (1100 kg)
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