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Russian supercar Rossa: Marussia genes, head Rusinov and naturally aspirated V10

The Rossa supercar, whose development is being supervised by the famous Russian racer Roman Rusinov, premiered in Moscow. Rossa is primarily a GT2/GT3 racing car, but there will also be road versions.

Rumors about this project and its unofficial photographs appeared in the Russian press last summer, but there was so little information that we decided to wait for the official premiere, and today it finally took place with the support of the Internet resource auto.ru, now owned by Yandex. The presentation of the Rossa supercar was personally conducted by project manager Roman Rusinov, and the famous Russian automotive journalist Sergei Znaemsky helped him host the event.

Sergei Znaemsky tested the concept/prototype of the Rossa supercar presented today back in the summer; his material on auto.ru is so far virtually the only capacious and competent source of information about the project; at the presentation, Roman and Sergei, in fact, simply repeated some of the information presented in this material.

The name Rossa stands for “Russian Sports Cars”, the supercar that received it was initially developed as a one-off project for a private client, it was based on a heavily modified chassis of the infamous Russian supercar Marussia, the first stage of Rossa development was supervised by Igor Ermilin (formerly chief designer of Marussia), Dmitry Krylov was responsible for the design, and Roman Rusinov is now trying to turn a one-time project into a small-scale one, for which a huge number of changes will have to be made to the design of the car.

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The Rossa is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive supercar built around a carbon fiber monocoque with carbon fiber exterior panels. In the general contours of the Rossa, Marussia is easily discernible, but the Rossa is wider and longer than the Marusya, the aerodynamic tail has been redesigned with an eye to the racing regulations of GT2/GT3 class cars. Roman Rusinov wants Rossa to participate in real Russian and international competitions, including endurance racing.

Unlike the leaders of the Marussia project, Roman Rusinov assesses the prospects of Rossa very soberly and does not promise quick results: he expects that several customer racing copies of Rossa will be manufactured in 2025, a version of the supercar for public roads will appear no earlier than 2026. The estimated price of the racing version is from 500,000 euros.

The Rossa design widely uses ready-made components and assemblies: the prototype, for example, has AP Racing brakes and a 680-horsepower 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine, the origin of which Sergei Znaemsky was asked not to name, but it is clear that it is a well-deserved and seasoned one in racing. Lamborghini engine, which is installed on the Huracan model. The estimated maximum speed is 380 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h should take no more than 3.2 seconds.

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The real combat Rossa will be very different in terms of technology from the prototype presented today: for example, instead of a “robot” with one clutch, it will receive a high-speed sequential gearbox, the curb weight will decrease from 1100 to 900 kg, the body will be a little wider and higher, the interior will be completely new, the Lamborghini engine will give way to the Judd racing V10 with 800 hp.The development of the small-scale version of Rossa is being carried out by a new team of Russian engineers; Ivan Borisov and Vladimir Plekhanov are now responsible for the design. Roman Rusinov emphasized many times at the presentation that he and his team have a lot of work to do and time and money should be spent primarily on it, and not on advertising and PR.

Sergey Znaemsky leads in his material these are the words of Roman Rusinov: “I never wanted to develop my own car. I don’t want to be the chief designer, I don’t have a technical education, I just want racing. But it so happened that I had to make my own car.”

Roman does not hide the fact that he wants to come in his Le Mans car, this is his dream and I would like to wish it to come true. In October, Roman turned 42; he still has several years left to successfully perform in endurance racing; in such races, a lot of experience and a cool mind are more valuable than the reaction speed and ardor of young racers. In general, Rossa is largely a personal project for Roman Rusinov, but I would like to hope that he will also be able to achieve commercial success.

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