Friday, August 30, 2019

This BMW X6 is painted with the 'world's blackest black'

Can the most enigmatic of colours, black, become darker? Very much possible. In fact, it's already a reality. This is the Vantablack, touted as the "world's blackest black" by Surrey Nanosystems, a research firm specializing in nano technology that created the one of a kind shade. Here, take a look. Unlike other variations of the colour that we're used to, Vantablack is capable of absorbing "more than just visible light, and is equally-effective across a whole range of the spectrum that is invisible to the human eye." It's basically the black hole, in paint form. Vantablack has been used on masks, art installations, and now –– a BMW X6. Looking almost like a rendered image, the beastly car will be showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It's the only car in the world to be coated with a Vantablack VBx2 paint finish.



Ben Jensen - who founded Surrey NanoSystems - revealed that automobile manufacturers have contact him to use the coating on their vehicles, but he believed the colour is not suitable for the road yet, and that the Vantablack X6 is a one-off project. "We turned down numerous requests from automobile manufacturers in the past. It took the BMW X6 and its unique, expressive design for us to entertain the idea. "I think it worked really well on the BMW X6, because of the size of the car, its distinctive shape, and how imposing it is. The BMW X6 in Vantablack looks absolutely fantastic," Jensen told Daily Mail. He added, "VBx2 with its one-percent reflectance provides just enough of a hint of shape. Add to that the contrast between the matt black surface and details such as the Iconic Glow kidney grille, the headlights and the windows - everything is just set off beautifully. "Developing a Vantablack VBx2 car paint durable enough for daily use is a huge technological challenge." But the X6's designer, Hussein Al-Attar, noted that if ever the shade becomes appropriate for commercial road use, the SUV would be the perfect for it. "BMW X6 drivers are among our most extrovert and free-spirited customers. If anyone were to opt for a Vantablack paint option, it would definitely be a BMW X6 driver." And when that happens, I hope my bank account is fat enough.

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