Russia’s first high-performance car company ‒ and currently owner of a Formula 1 team ‒ Marussia has announced it will start a cooperation with Valmet Automotive. Both companies have signed an agreement on strategic partnership in the engineering and manufacturing of the Marussia B2.
Valmet Automotive engineers, develops and assembles cars for other companies on a contractual basis. The Finnish company previously assembled the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, and now currently builds the Fisker Karma.
At the Geneva Motor Show Valmet announced they have signed an agreement to build the Marussia B2 sports car in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Production of the Russian supercar is scheduled to start in the end of 2012 of during 2013.
Just as the Marussia B1, the more aggressive styled B2 will be offered with a 3.5 liter normally aspirated Cosworth V6 engine developing 300 horsepower and 410Nm of torque, or a turbocharged 2.8 liter V6 with either 360hp and 520Nm or 420hp and 600Nm depending on the state of tune.
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. With a kerbweight of 1,100kg, the most powerful B1 is able to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is limited to 250km/h.
The price tag of the Marussia B2 will be approximately € 100,000. Marussia and Valmet are targeting an annual production of several hundred units. Marussia did not unveiled any information regarding the future of the B1 sports car and F2 SUV.