Marussia Motors (Russian: Маруся [ma´rusja]) was a Russian sports car manufacturer founded in 2007. It was the first Russian manufacturer of super sports cars. It designed, developed and produced the B1 and the B2 sport cars in Russia. Marussia was led by former motor racerNikolai Fomenko. The Marussia B1 was launched in December 2008 in the new Manege hall in Moscow. In 2010, it acquired a "significant stake" in the Virgin Racing Formula One team, which was later renamed Marussia F1 from 2012 and competed in Formula One until 2014.
In April 2014, the Marussia Motors company was disbanded, with staff leaving to join a government-run technical institute. The Marussia F1 team continued unaffected as a British entity independent of the Russian car company. However, after filing a notice in the London High Courtintending to assign an administrator on 7 October 2014 due to financial difficulties, exactly a month later the appointed administrator announced that Marussia F1 had also ceased trading and folded.
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