The German automotive brand BMW presented this Wednesday its latest third generation X6 crossover model in an unusual color, which will undoubtedly leave fans of the matte style speechless.
This is the new blackest painting in the world, vantablack, which makes the human eye perceive a three-dimensional object as a plane, giving it an unreal appearance, as if it were looking in a black hole.
Vantablack, an acronym for 'Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array' (vertically aligned nanotube block, in Spanish), was developed by the company Surrey NanoSystems originally for aerospace applications, such as highly sensitive cameras that need minimal light interference to detect distant stars, reports Automobile magazine. Composed of carbon nanotubes 5,000 times thinner than a human hair, vantablack absorbs almost 99% of the light and reflects almost zero, so that objects painted with this substance are perceived as two-dimensional.
According to the reports, in 2017 the completely black paint entered the free market and artists, architects and designers began using it in their projects. Now, for the first time, it has been applied to a car and in September the BMW X6 Vantablack will appear before visitors to the Frankfurt Motor Show (Germany).
Unfortunately, developers admit that Vantablack not yet suitable for industrial use, since the paint is not resistant enough to mechanical stress. For example, may deteriorate after washing. However, Surrey NanoSystems specialists are working to solve this problem.