Ride of the Day: Marussia B2
The B2 is the B1’s successor, first shown to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The differences between the B1 and the B2 are only cosmetic; the B2 offers a new, edgier design and a new, almost space-age interior. The design was meant to give the car a more aggressive look. Some design features include highlighting the grille and intakes in black to contrast them to the car’s body colour and emphasize some of the car’s geometric elements, as well as styling the car’s face to the shape of the “M” in the Marussia Motors logo. Engine power is 420 hp, 309 kW, top speed 310 km/h and acceleration 0–100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. In late 2012, the B2 was featured in the video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game). In March 2012, Finnish contract manufacturer of specialty automobiles, Valmet Automotive, and Marussia Motors entered into an agreement on production of Marussia B2 sports cars at the Valmet car factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland.