There are many things to get excited about when one’s beholding the magnificence that is the Aston Martin DB11. But one wouldn’t think the car’s aerodynamic features would be among the most exciting elements of them all, because, well, engineering solutions are rarely sexy. Except in the case of the DB11, where they so are.
This video showcases the workings of the invisible rear spoiler you heard Jeremy Clarkson talking about in the last episode of The Grand Tour where he drove a Aston Martin DB11 across Italy.
Here’s a detailed description of the DB11’s aerodynamic properties by Aston themselves: “Innovative aerodynamics play their part in this aesthetic revolution with clever management of airflow both over and through the bodywork aiding stability while preserving the DB11’s uncluttered surfaces. Front-end lift is reduced by the gill-like Curlicue which releases high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake. Meanwhile, rear-end lift is reduced by the Aston Martin AeroBlade; a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes located at the base of each C-pillar. Air is ducted through the bodywork, before venting as a jet of air from the aperture in the rear decklid.”