The design dictated the engineering, pt1
Nobody wants or needs an ugly Aston Martin. So the design team sat down with the engineering one and issued its wish list. ‘When Marek [Reichman, Aston’s Chief Creative Officer] and I were tasked with dreaming up a new DB, we really did start with a clean sheet of paper,’ project director Ian Minards tells TG.com. ‘It was daunting, but very liberating.’ ‘Every millimetre of DB11 has been re-imagined from the ground up,’ adds Reichman. So though the grille and face are classic Aston Martin, they’re pumped up to such an extent that the rest of the car kind of flows from there. The bonnet is a single-piece aluminium clamshell, which has the dual purpose of reducing shut lines on the body, but also improves its ability to absorb impacts – good for passing ped-pro legislation. Aston’s design guys have long been obsessing over LEDs (check out the Vulcan’s illumination), and the DB11’s set-up doesn’t just enhance the car’s graphics, it incorporates daytime running lights and low-speed cornering lights for the first time.