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2019 Aston Martin DB11

The basic platform of the DB11 is a bonded extruded aluminum structure. This is the same sort of platform Lotus pioneered with the original Elise, offering lots of rigidity without the weight of steel, or the expense of carbon fiber. While talking about an ultra-lightweight sports car in the context of a 4000-plus-pound GT seems silly, there’s a line to be drawn from the stuff Lotus makes, to the DB11.

I’ve never driven an Elise, but earlier this year, I spent a lot of time in an Evora 400, a car Becker helped develop in his previous job at Lotus. What surprises is its ride quality. The Evora is one of the most focused sports cars on the road, setting the handling benchmark, and yet, it’s supple. That’s thanks to its rigid aluminum structure, which allows Lotus to fit relatively soft suspension with no real compromise to body control.