• Dec 17th 2008 at 7:59PM
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Nikolay Fomenko, who was probably busy enough being a popular singer, television new anchor and theater actor, also found time to become an FIA N-GT champion. And if that wasn't enough to keep this Russian renaissance man busy, he has just launched his country's first sportscar company, Marussia. To top it off, it's a hybrid, just to make things more difficult. Make the jump for all the details.

[Sources: Russia Today, Luxury Version]

Fomenko says that he brought a lot of knowledge from his racing career to bear on the Marussia. We see elements of just about every supercar on the market in its appearance, but it manages to still look unique. While he envisions producing a pure electric car sometime down the road, the company's first project is a hybrid.

The Marussia is slated to use a 240-hp, 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine, most likely from Renault or Nissan, but it's unclear where the electric drive components will originate from. While much of the car's parts are expected to be sourced from established companies, approximately 35% of the content will be Russian.

Adding a bit of sizzle to its speed, the Marussia will also have "a host of gadgets," including a 4G Yota network with 10 Mbps data transfer rates at vehicle speeds of up to 120 km/h. Bluetooth, GPS and video screens all around, plus a 320 GB hard drive to round out the electronics.

The goal for the electric supercar is a 400km range, but Russian winters mean the batteries will need a boost. That's where nanotechnology comes in. Fomenko thinks the solution might be in a "nanotech project made at one of Russia's big construction bureaus." The company foresees a 0-62 mph dash of around five seconds and a Tesla-like price tag of $100,000. Plans call for the first customer cars to be delivered next Fall, with race versions taking part in the 2010 edition of FIA GT championship. Fomenko is clearly nothing if not ambitious.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      when michael jacksons father was asked if he did donate sth at this event, his answer plainly was 'donation? i just came for dinner!' well, thats sth different!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry guys, but I don't agree with you at all. I think its just another silly, narcissistic rich guys attempt to make him self feel cool. We all know this car is junk, and will never be sold. Its just a huge waste of time, money, and effort. 240hp and 5 seconds to 62mph???? this story and its fans are living in a fantasy world.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job. Can you produce right-hand drive? Pls reply: expertmaster@rocketmail.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll stick with the Zenvo, thanks for the... effort... though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a rebodied Zonda. Maybe the Russians have finally mastered the art of badge engineering.

      (In Soviet Russia, badges engineer YOU!!!)
        • 6 Years Ago

        Sorry to harp, but I see this so much on this site that it was time to say something:

        I think you meant "cachet."

        "Cache" is what's in your CPU or where you store your weapons... ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly what I thought...looks like a Gallardo/Zonda mashup.

        Complete ripoff of current cars that are faster and have more caché...which let's admit, is imperative in a supercar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      its a pretty cool looking design, but with only a 240 HP V6 in there, it wont be beating any koenigsegg's around the ring. I like that russia is putting a supercar out there though, its a step in the right direction for them

        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you (real) Torrent... for clarifying my comment.

        I should've made the joke less vague, in retrospect.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oops, my above reply was for you... same post.

        I agree with your pic and I also see it mixed with lots of this:

        • 6 Years Ago
        Korben Dallas:

        The point being that this has similar design cues. Headlights are almost a mini-replica, the lower air dams look comparable, etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was going to make a joke, but I was beat to it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ....... shrooms!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't know that Russians make good cars, or cars at all!
      • 6 Years Ago
      here we go again. oh it looks like this, oh it looks like that. to me this car looks like others because we only see them in pictures. most of the cars that I thought look similar, once I saw them in real life I change my mind completely. cars look very different in small 2D pics. I like the way this car stands, it looks sharp, low and sleek.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Reventon had sex with a McLaren F1, whose offspring mated with a Zonda.
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