From the start I wanted to make our cars more powerful looking, more muscular. I felt that the DB9 in its earliest form was very feline and didn’t represent the car’s natural powers and capacities, especially as we were just starting to go into racing again with the DBR9. When you see a racehorse at rest, it’s elegant and strong, but you don’t see the sinews of its muscles. The Rapide—its haunches, the lamps, everything—is powerfully graceful, in the way that a racehorse is when it’s galloping. Also, when you have a longer wheelbase you can better show the golden ratio.