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 a Russian supercar from A to Z. So, let's see what kind of myths exist about the Russian supercar, and whether consider them true?
Myth №1: «Maroussia" does not exist
In fact, this myth is completely shattered after the opening of the official dealership Marussia on Tverskaya Street in Moscow this year. Evil tongues, The Divine rapid decline of Russian supercar, were out of work. Despite all the difficulties, the project Marussia live healthy and continues to evolve. Now the model number has been around two models: B1 and B2, and will soon be joined by two more sports utility vehicle.
Moreover, the model B2 looks so steep that in the process of shooting, we only had time to that ward off various onlookers, employees, and kept norovyaschih get into the camera lens. The exterior of the Russian sports car would be the envy not only Italian Lamborghini and Ferrari, but also some Batmobile.
Stylistic solutions used in the Marussia B2, technologically much more complicated than those of competitors. Suffice it to compare body panels with any Porsche or Ferrari.
Showiness special sports car attached two-tone design 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 the background of Russian warehouse labels.
Marussia is very photogenic, under any foreshortening car looks luxurious. The special item Xirallic in car paint flashes golden color under the bright spotlight or sun.
Myth №2: «Marusya" is going abroad
Production of Russian supercar is located on a large enough area of the plant with a touching named "Snowflake". And it is not over the hill, as rumored, but in Moscow near the metro station "Botanical Garden". Outside the company does not stand out from their own kind. Normal Industrial Area, embarked on a commercial footing. With lots of tenants, stern guards at the gate and eternal crush of cars and people at the entrance.
Inside, everything is a little different, though Russian reality "rushing" 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 company logo Marussia.
However, the beauty of appearance has nothing to do with the production of the car. In the shops "Snowflakes" supercar is going to like designer Lego, are available on request from the glass, engine, transmission, attachment, brakes and wheels. But everything else, including body panels, interior and even suspension components are made on the spot.
But it all begins with a sheet of paper. In the design office, where we luckily managed to get (and even with cameras!), Employs about 10 people. Mostly young men 25-30 years. Making 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 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 final approval is sent to the development department designs.
In the design department every detail worked out every detail on your computer.
It seems to be a simple office, the same computers. Only here do not necessarily reports or graphs, and supercars.
In short, the process of creating a chain of car is as follows:
1) Develop design is approved
2) The result is sent to the development department designs
3) There are 3D-models, verified the feasibility of constructing machines
4) Next, run the drawings and design documentation
5) After that sent orders for
Total factory "Maroussi" three main departments: the manufacture of composite materials and body parts, welding / riveting and fitting assembly. 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. Here make body parts made of composite materials, prepare a matrix and the master model.
The process of creating matrices automated, but the production of carboxylic parts - exclusively handmade.
All 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 construction 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 a special silicone composition resembling jelly. Then the master model is removed in the "jelly" made the holes where polyurethane is poured 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 burrs and possible flaws.
That same silicone jelly.
This oven "baking" plastic. Downstairs worker keeps a ready-made form, will be located at the top of two-component mixture, which is mixed, turn to plastic.
Adjacent to the plastic portion - some paint and bodywork cameras. There parts are made of fiberglass, 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. Here are doing very foundation of Marussia - chassis (body) and suspension components.
Soon, this high-pile light metal will become a part of the supercar.
Already assembled and welded body is treated with anti-corrosion and noise insulation materials. Sutured closed plane aircraft aluminum.
The third workshop locksmith assembly. Here on a body established engine, gearbox, electrical, body parts. This is where the leaves are already finished car.
After the end of the build the car checked for defects. Next to him is controlled lights, pour all the liquid test all systems, measure the power.
Suspension design "Maroussi" proprietary type push-rod. And the back and front - multi-link design. Components are made to order by the German manufacturer KW.
Out of the gate just leave this shop ready supercars. Left model B2, 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, for 20 years total collapse of its own production in the country, to take something domestic, except for military equipment, it is difficult. But nothing of the domestic automotive industry products better not to talk.
However, do not say anything until you try yourself. Us this opportunity presented itself, and now we can easily dispel the myth of the slowness "Marousi».
Outside of the car and the doorway seem unnatural compact. But in fact, climb and stay within the "Marusya" quite easily. Unfortunately, I sat behind the wheel is already late in the afternoon, so just take a picture of the test car is blue there was no way. By the way, it's a little different from the later red-black color, which we filmed on the "cover" of the article. For example, the door to my car were normal, whereas in red and black, they have opened up and the servo.
In the salon "Maroussi" virtually no open plastic buttons (except) - 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 space height quite a bit. With my height of 178 cm from the top of the head stock to the roof was no more than 3-4 cm. The seat belts in the Russian supercar conventional three-point, but they placed a mirror: the belt is on the right and left lock. Marussia wheel 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 it is suspected that this ZF.
On 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. In the center of the machine is displayed, which turn on lights, open doors, etc. Left and right, all service information. On the perimeter - two scales showing 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 here 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 starts. Turnovers stabilize at around 600-700.
For about 10-15 seconds on other monitors is loaded onboard multimedia system. You feel like a hacker to run a black screen white lines - "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 transmit video camera in my car but they were not connected to the monitor. By the way, visibility "Maroussi" quite tolerable. Dimensions front of supercar start to feel almost immediately, and 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. In riding sensations "Maroussia" close to a conventional car - only a broad, very low and hard. On the test car was turbocharged Cosworth engine 2, 8 liter 360 hp, so the bottom up to 1200-1500 rev / min felt a slight 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 of the plant site "Snowflake" ended ...
Check dynamics was only up to 70 km / h.
While driving there is still work to do. Suspension has a rather noisy, and body panels respond to each mound unpleasant creaking in the cabin. Incomprehensible 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 driver and passenger 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 backstory appearance of "Marusya". The idea was born in Nicholas while participating in professional racing, when he broke part of the front body kit and 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 when ordering from 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 bulge between the parts of the body were gaps, and the design itself looks obviously damp.
Salon is it at all similar to what was 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 two years later, has nothing to do with the first raw sample. From a visual point of view to the Marussia not find fault. Those bold decisions, invented by designers, reached version close to the series, in the best possible way. All items are produced at its own facilities using highly accurate equipment. Quality control - strict.
A pile of blanks, which soon turned into a matrix of future parts. As the wood material is used.
Three-axis milling machine, working with the wood. In the picture captures the moment of transformation model created on a computer in a cast matrix.
Five-axis machine is more feature-rich, allowing you to create more complex parts.
Production is automated as much as possible. Manual labor is involved only as a reference checking and adjusting the parameters of the future products.
And here is the result - the build quality, near-perfect surface of body elements.
The quality of interior parts - also at altitude.
Myth №5: «Maroussia" expensive
How much is asked to Marussia Motors for a brand brand new copies of B1 and B2? Prices, excluding taxes, starting with 100 000 euros for model B1 and from 117 000 euros for B2 for 3, 5 liter naturally aspirated engine, 300 hp issuing Those who want the engine hot, offer a version with 2, 8 liter turbocharged unit, which have been issued by the herd from 360 to 420 horses, depending on the variation. In this case, the wheels can tear the asphalt with a maximum torque of 500 and 600 nm, respectively. However, cost is the evil version of "Marusya" is already at 138 000 euros.
What you can buy for the same amount, if the choice of sports cars? Audi R8 is from 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 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 issue rarely rises to the surface. Restrict series R8 special 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 a Turkish Sazan, Belgian Vertigo, Japanese Orochi, Brazilian Vorax, Spanish Tramontana, English Ascari, as well as many others unknown to the majority of inhabitants exclusive lighter - they are all significantly more expensive creations Nikolay 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 race track.
So that the latter also successfully dispelled the myth. All these comparisons are interesting and exciting, but the truth hurts your eyes. Of supercars on the market, especially in the Russian market value "Maroussi" low. As demonstrated by our quick inquiry 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.