Russian supercar from Nikolai Fomenko, there are several years old, but has already managed to acquire a whole bunch of myths and rumors. Therefore, we decided to go to the factory and make Marussia around themselves. However, in addition to production, we were asked to check the car and driving ...
But before I get into the car, we also had the opportunity to see the entire process of creating the Russian supercar from A to Z. So, let's see what kind of myths exist about the Russian supercar, and is it possible to consider them true?
Myth №1: «Marussia» there
In fact, this myth completely shattered after the official opening of the showroom Marussia on Tverskaya Street in Moscow this year. Evil tongues, prorochaschie rapid decline of Russian supercar proved irrelevant. Despite the ease of the project Marussia live healthy and continues to evolve. Now the model range has been two models: B1 and B2, and soon to be joined by two more sports utility vehicle.
Moreover, the model looks so cool B2 that during shooting we just had time that different to drive away onlookers, employees, and then norovyaschih get into the camera lens. The exterior of the Russian sports car can be envied not only Italian Lamborghini and Ferrari, but also some Batmobile.
The stylistic solutions used in the Marussia B2, technologically much more complicated than those of competitors. It is enough to compare the body panels with some Porsche or Ferrari.
Special effektnosti sports car attached to a two-tone design of appearance. Basic color - red with the addition of gold xirallic, secondary - matte black with a "tactile effect" - it is soft to the touch as a thin skin.
These terms and conditions of shooting - Russian supercar on a background of Russian warehouse labels.
Marussia is very photogenic, under any foreshortening car looks luxurious. Special Xirallic element in the paint of the car flashes golden color under the bright spotlight or sun.
Myth №2: «Marusya" is going abroad
Production of Russian supercar is located on a fairly large area of the plant with a touching named "Snowflake". And it is not over the hill, like a rumor, and in Moscow near the metro station "Botanical Garden". Outside the company is no different from their own kind. Normal industrial zone, embarked on a commercial footing. With lots of tenants, severe security at the gate and eternal crush of cars and people at the entrance.
Inside, everything looks a little different, though Russian reality "pret" here from all the cracks. Looking for a beautiful backdrop for taking pictures, we had to spend a lot of time.
The shape of the front bumper plays with the company logo Marussia.
However, the beauty of appearance is not related to the production car. In shops "Snowflakes" supercar is going to like the designer Lego, are available on request from the glass, engine, transmission, attachment, brakes and wheels. But everything else, including body panels, interior and even the suspension components are manufactured at the site.
But it all begins with a sheet of paper. In the design office where we serendipitously managed to get (even with cameras!), Employs about 10 people. Mostly young men 25-30 years. Registration in the best traditions of design studios - neat office, modern computers, a lot of light on the walls of a bunch of posters with sketches, sketches, photographs of other cars and other beauty. Shoot all of this, we of course, banned, although some things still fell into the camera lens.
Something like a brand new model of Russian-made sports car.
The adopted design of the car is made of clay, and only after the final approval is sent to the development department designs.
In the design department every detail worked out to the smallest detail on a computer.
It seems to be a simple office, the same computers. Only here do not necessarily reports or graphs, and supercars.
In short, the technological chain of creation of the car as follows:
1) to design, approved by
2) The result is sent to the development department designs
3) There are 3D-models verified the reality of creating machines
4) Next, run the drawings and design documentation
5) After that sent orders for
Total factory "Maroussi" three main workshops: manufacture of composite materials and body parts, welding / riveting and assembly of locksmith. There are, however, additional areas of machining, where, for example, iron parts are painted with powder paint, leather interior details overtighten etc.
One of the most important departments in the factory. It makes body parts made of composite materials, the matrix is prepared and the master model.
The process of creating arrays is automated, but the production of carboxylic parts - exclusively handmade.
All the carbon parts are heat treated in huge furnaces - autoclaves. "Baking" is one of the longest processes. It takes about 4, 5:00.
There is also a workshop for the production of plastic parts of the car.
Creation of plastic parts - a fascinating story. Technologies that are in the hands of Marussia Motors, allow to produce any product in the shortest possible time. From the completion of the design details in KB before the "live" sample passes less than a day.
At the beginning of the master model is produced, which is filled with special silicone composition resembling jelly. Then, the master model is removed in the "jelly" made the holes, which is filled with polyurethane, to displace the air inside the resulting matrix. Further, all placed in a special furnace where through holes introduced yet another two-component (plastic). After about 40 minutes of baking part is ready. It remains only to remove it from the mold, remove the burr and possible flaws.
That is the silicone gel.
This oven "baking" plastic. Below worker keeps a ready-made form, will be located on the top two-component mixture, which is mixed, turn to plastic.
Next to the plastic portion - some paint and bodywork cameras. It is made of fiberglass parts, bring them to perfection.
Not all workers have overalls. However, the level of effort in each of them - the highest.
The second workshop: welding and riveting. They make very foundation of Marussia - chassis (body), and suspension components.
Soon the high light metal pile will be a part of the supercar.
Already assembled and welded body is treated with anti-corrosion and noise insulation materials. Private plane sutured aircraft aluminum.
The third workshop locksmith assemblies. It is set on the body of the engine, transmission, electrical, body parts. From here it leaves the finished car.
After the end of the build the car is checked for defects. Next to it is controlled lights, pour all the liquid test all systems, measure the power.
The design of the suspension "Maroussi" proprietary-type push-rod. And from behind and in front - a multi-link design. Components are made to order by the German manufacturer KW.
From the gates of the plant is ready go supercars. Left model B2, the right B1.
Myth №3: «Marusya" not going
Seeing the first domestic development, many immediately jumped on the car with a terrible negative. It is understandable, in 20 years, the total collapse of its own production in the country, to take something domestic, with the exception of military equipment quite easily. But nothing of the domestic automotive industry products and better not to talk.
However, do not say anything until you try yourself. We have this opportunity presented itself, and now we can easily dispel the myth of the slowness "Maroussi».
Exterior and interior of the car doorway seem unnatural compact. But in fact, climb and stay "Marusya" quite easily. Unfortunately, I got behind the wheel is already late in the afternoon, so the test is to photograph the blue car had no chance. By the way, it's a little different from the later red-black color, which we filmed in the "cover" of the article. For example, the door to my car were common, whereas in red and black, they have opened up and the servo.
Inside "Maroussi" virtually no open plastic (except for buttons) - all panels are covered with a high-quality leather or alcantara, or made of carbon fiber.
Seats own production - the basis of carbon fiber, the soft part of a dense foam, the front part of combination skin.
Inside the car is convenient, although the place quite a bit of height. With my height of 178 cm margin on top of the head to the roof was no more than 3-4 cm. The seat belts in the Russian supercar conventional three-point, but they are arranged mirror: the belt is on the right and left of the castle. Steering wheel Marussia is very convenient, has a nice ebb and petals switching speeds.
At the moment, "Maroussia" equipped only with 6-speed automatic. The manufacturer is unknown, but there is a suspicion that this ZF.
The center console are evident just three displays showing 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 is excellent. At the heart of the machine is displayed, which turn on lights, open doors, etc. Left and right, all service information. On the perimeter - two scales displaying the vehicle speed and engine speed.
It looks like the dashboard in the Marussia. Instead of the usual speedometer and tachometer dials all the information is displayed.
To start the car, you need to insert the smart key in a groove and press «Start Engine». Somewhere behind him there was a powerful roar, the car shakes a bit, the engine start. Turnovers stabilize at around 600-700.
Still about 10-15 seconds on other monitors is loaded onboard multimedia system. You feel like a hacker on a black screen white lines running - "Maroussia" runs on "Linux»!
View multimedia system Marussia.
The test machine was no room, so leave the territory of the plant on it was not. Plus it as a class are no mirrors. Instead, the situation behind the camera is transmitted, but in my car, they were not connected to the monitor. Incidentally, visibility "Maroussi" quite tolerable. Dimensions front of supercar start to feel almost immediately, and the small side windows-loopholes are quite informative.
So how is it going? Unusually, it is interesting, it is easy. Thanks to the "automatic" start and operate the machine any person without special training. In riding sensations "Maroussia" similar to a conventional car - only a broad, very low and hard. On the test car was turbocharged Cosworth engine 2, 8 liters capacity of 360 hp, so the bottom up to 1,200-1,500 r / min felt a small dip, but then the engine comes to life and begins frantically to disperse the car. As luck would have it, that's when the straight portion inside the plant "Snowflake" ended ...
Check dynamics was only up to 70 km / h.
While driving there is still work to do. The suspension has a rather noisy, and the body panels are responding to each mound unpleasant creaking in the cabin. Inexplicably it appeared and the smell in the cabin. After starting the engine, "Maroussia" greeted me with the scent of gasoline and fried carbon. One of the engineers, to issue me a car, it is written off on an early version of the car. Well, I want to believe that this is so.
For the driver and front passenger are made separate displays media controls.
Myth №4: Marussia - Collective Farm
For the first time we met with the project in mid-December 2008. Then, in the building of the "New Manezh" during the exhibition Millionaire Fair the first presentation of the car. During the event, Nikolai Fomenko told an amusing background to the emergence of "Maroussi". 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 it was urgent to look for a replacement. As a result, all the parts were made in four hours in the neighboring Chinese studio for $ 250, and at the order 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 that the quality of the debutant left much to be desired. On the paint can be detected swelling, between the parts of the body were gaps, and the design itself looks obviously damp.
Beauty is so generally resembled what could be seen in some kind of old «BMW», held garage tuning. All this has affected the Russian public opinion demanding and many machines create an image of a rough, often colloquially referred to as "collective farm».
What we have seen and touched in two years, it has nothing to do with the first crude model. From a visual point of view, is not to find fault with Marussia. Those bold solutions invented by designers, reached version close to the series, in the best possible way. All items are produced in our own facilities using highly accurate equipment. Quality control - strict.
A pile of blanks, which will soon turn into a matrix for future details. The material used tree.
Three-axis milling machine, working with the wood. The picture captures the moment of transformation model created on a computer in a cast matrix.
More than a fancy five-axis machine tool, allowing you to create more complex parts.
Production is automated as much as possible. Manual labor is involved only as a control verification and adjustment of parameters of the future product.
And here is the result - the build quality, the surface is practically perfect body elements.
Quality of details of interior - is also at altitude.
Myth №5: «Maroussia" expensive
How much to ask for Marussia Motors for a brand brand new items B1 and B2? Prices exclude taxes, starting with 100 000 euro for a model B1 and from 117 000 euros for B2 3, 5 liter naturally aspirated engine, issuing 300 hp Those who want the engine hot, offer versions with 2, 8 liter turbocharged unit, which have been issued by the herd from 360 to 420 horses, depending on the variation. Thus the wheels may tear the asphalt with a maximum torque of 500 and 600 nm, respectively. However, cost is the evil version of "Marusya" has 138 000 euros.
What can you buy for the same amount, if you choose from sports cars? Audi R8 worth 6 million rubles, BMW M6 and order more. Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini can immediately leave to one side, like all serious athletes from Mercedes. These "friends" will cost at least double the price "Maroussi". Perhaps, for some kind of money can buy a Nissan GT-R, Porsche weak 911 or "gray" Chevrolet Corvette. But the most important thing is that all production cars! It is clear that the problems with the quality of the production car is much less, but when it comes to exclusivity, this question is rarely raised to the surface. Restrict series R8 customized version of 333 copies, and you can be sure that the price you immediately bite.
117,000 euros - is expensive? Show me where cheaper!
If we compare "Marusya" with low volume competitors, the issue price is no longer relevant. Most interesting projects remain outside of our attention, but whether it is the Turkish Sazan, Belgium Vertigo, Japanese Orochi, Brazilian Vorax, Spanish Tramontana, English Ascari, as well as many others unknown to most inhabitants exclusive lighter - they are all significantly more expensive creations Nikolai Fomenko . Even relatively inexpensive Korean Spirra c taking into account customs duties unpleasant surpasses 250 thousand euros. Of course, there are more options in the form of brain twisting Caterham or Ariel Atom, but this is not quite the legendary designer cars, but rather modernized cards overgrown. Moreover, they are made exclusively for the racetrack.
So the last successfully dispelled the myth, too. All these comparisons are interesting and exciting, but the truth hurts your eyes. Supercars on the market, particularly in the Russian market cost "Maroussi" low. As demonstrated by our quick inquiry to buy anything even remotely similar to the Russian supercar for the money is not possible. It is not surprising that the project Marussia is very popular, not only in Russia but also abroad. According to Nikolai Fomenko, the company now has 700 pre-orders.