Inventors of Vantablack technology, the British company Surrey NanoSystems, in collaboration with the creative agency Levitation 29, coated the new BMW X6 cross-coupe with Vantablack pigment in the spray known as the blackest in the world, Dezeen reports.
Vantablack is a pigment composed of microscopic carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are a modification of carbon, a hollow cylindrical structure with a diameter from tenths to several tens of nanometers. Such tubes are used not only in optics, but also in microelectronics, as well as to create heavy-duty threads and composite materials. Carbon nanotubes are 5,000 times thinner than a human hair. Vanta is an abbreviation of four words in English – vertically aligned nanotube arrays (vertically oriented arrays of nanotubes) plus black (black).
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Thanks to this technology, there is almost no reflection on the car surface. Light falling on the surface is completely absorbed, but not reflected, penetrating between the tubes. Due to the fact that Vantablack absorbs 99% of the light, the human eye perceives an object painted with this pigment as a hole or a void. It seems that this color of the car turns it from three-dimensional to two-dimensional.
Interestingly, the exclusive rights to the original Vantablack pigment belong to the British-English sculptor Anish Kapoor.
The car will be first presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which will be held from September 12 to 22.