2018 ASTON MARTIN DB11 LIGHTNING SILVER – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 744 – Fireball takes a spin with buddy Lou Kahuna in a 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Lightning Silver. Whoa.

The Aston Martin DB11 is a British grand tourer coupe produced by Aston Martin since 2016.

It debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 as a replacement to the DB9. It is the first model launched in Aston Martin’s ‘second century’ plan and the first all-new car launched since the company’s tie-up with Daimler AG.

The DB11 was designed by Marek Reichman, Aston’s chief creative officer and head of design.

It continues the tradition of design focused on 1:3 proportions and includes a number of new and unique design features, including new roof strakes that separate the body from the roof, available in black or body colour and the “Aeroblade” intakes in the front strakes.

These evolve the side strakes from purely visual to functional and channel turbulent air down the side of the car and into intake ducts by the C pillars and forced out at the rear vertically as a ‘virtual’ spoiler, providing down-force.

The bonnet is a ‘clam-shell’ design from the only supplier Aston could find to supply a large, single piece of aluminium.

The DB11 features an all-new riveted and adhesive-bonded aluminium platform that shifts the emphasis from extrusions to stampings to create more cockpit space.

The DB11 V12 is powered by an all-new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, making it the first turbocharged series-production Aston Martin.

The engine produces 600 bhp and 516 lb⋅ft. The car is equipped with a rear-mounted 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The DB11 accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and reaches 200 mph.

The initial V12 model was joined by a V8 version in the summer of 2017. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine developed with Mercedes-AMG, it results in a 115kg weight reduction.

The V8 produces 503 bhp and 498 lb⋅ft, resulting in a top speed of 187 mph and accelerates to 62 mph in 4 seconds.

During the DB11 coupe premiere, over 1,400 DB11 vehicles were ordered.


1971 CORVETTE in WAR BONNET YELLOW – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 662 – Coffee, the Beach and to The Automobile Driving Museum by 8am for a Corvette Car Show. Fireball spots a perfect 1971 Corvette LT1 in War Bonnet Yellow.

From WIKI… The Chevrolet Corvette (C3) was a sports car that was produced by Chevrolet for the 1968 through 1982 model years.

Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, but the body and interior were new. It set new sales records with 53,807 produced for the 1979 model year.

The C3 is the third generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, while the 1969 through 1976 models mark the second generation of the Corvette Stingray.

1971 cars were virtually identical in appearance to the previous model inside and out.

This was the final year for the fiber optics light monitoring system, the headlight washer system, and the M22 heavy duty 4-speed manual gearbox.

For the first time, air conditioning was installed on most of the cars, with nearly 53 percent so ordered. Engines were detuned with reduced compression ratios to tolerate lower octane fuel.

The small blocks available were the 350 cu in (5.7 L) base engine, which dropped to 270 hp (201 kW), and the high performance LT-1, now listed at 330 hp (246 kW).

The LS5 454 cu in (7.4 L) motor was carried over and produced 365 hp (272 kW). Offered in ‘71 only was the LS6 454 cu in (7.4 L) big-block featuring aluminum heads and delivering 425 hp (317 kW), highest of the 1970-72 series, and could be ordered with an automatic transmission.

The ZR1 option was carried over for LT-1 equipped cars and the ZR2 option, offered this year only, provided a similar performance equipment package for LS6 cars, and restricted transmission to a 4-speed manual.

Rare options: ZR1 special engine package (8), ZR2 special engine package (12), LS6 425-hp engine (188), shoulder belts in convertibles (677).