Russian sports car manufacturer and Formula 1 team owner Marussia has announced that Valmet will handle future production of its B2 sports car.
Valmet is the independent vehicle manufacturer based in Finland that currently assembles the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid and was previously assembling the Porsche Boxster.
Valmet, together with Marussia, is now working on refitting its plant for the start of production of the B2, with a view to ramp up to full production by the end of the year.
Currently, all B2s are assembled alongside the previous B1 sports car
at Marussia’s main facility located in Moscow, Russia. Marussia eventually hopes to assemble several hundred B2s per year with the help of Valmet.
The B2, first unveiled back in 2010, features a jet fighter inspired design and is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine sourced from Cosworth. The car can be ordered in several different states of tune, with power outputs ranging from 300 to 420 horsepower. While these figures may not seem all that impressive, the car tips the scales at a lithe 2,425 pounds.
In its most powerful trim, the B2 is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.
According to WorldCarFans
, pricing starts at roughly $132,200. However, even if you can afford it, sales of the Marussia B2 are being limited to Europe.