Ever wonder what the DB in Aston Martin DB11 stands for?
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Ever wonder what the DB in Aston Martin DB11 stands for?

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[MUSIC] This is the Aston Martin DB11 AMR. And today, I wanna talk about those too little [UNKNOWN] at the beginning. We know what the rest means, AMR is Aston Martin Racing, the division Aston Martin that's Bringing some of the touches from their race cars to their road cars. 11 because, well it's kinda the 11th in the series and that's kind of a story in its own right. But what do those two little letters DB actually stand for? Well to answer that question we have to go back to the 1940s. [SOUND] The Second World War had put a huge strain on British industry and British car businesses were failing left and right. A managing director of a gearbox factory saw in the sunday papers an ad offering for sale a high-class motor business. He was interested, and he went along to the company to test drive one of their cars. The company turned out to be Aston Martin, and that man's name was David Brown. The car he test drove was a prototype by the name of the Aston Martin Atom, and David Brown was some potential in it. So, he decided to buy the company. [SOUND] David Brown had his car company they started the development of the [UNKNOWN] to turn it into road's car. It was called the Aston Martin two litre sport when it was finally completed but became known as the David Brown 1 or DB1 [SOUND] David Brown's influence didn't end there. When another company was looking for a buyer by the name of Lagonda, David Brown stepped in. And along with the company, got an engineer that worked there, a Mr. W. O. Bentley. Yes, that Bentley. He came on board and helped develop the engines for the new line of cars at Aston Martin. Many cars after that have the DB name, DB2, DB3, DB4, DB5, DB6. But in 1972, David Brown had to sell the company off to combat new financial problems he had run into. The DB line stopped there. The DB cars were no more. Car. But, fast forward to 1993. David Brown had sadly passed away, and Aston Martin now belonged to Ford, and, out of homage to that man, and the amazing cars that bore those initials, a new car was launched, the DB7. And since 1993, the name has stuck. All the flagship GT cars from Aston Martin have had those two little letters at the beginning, from DB7 all the way up to this The new DB11 AMR. And now you know. [NOISE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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