BMW To Reveal The Blackest Car In The World
In less than one week, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) is taking place, and one of the most highly anticipated reveals of the convention is going to be BWM's Vantablack X6, the darkest car in the world.
The car is so black, it can look convincingly two-dimensional. The material responsible for such darkness is Vantablack, a carbon-based pigment developed by Surrey NanoSystems. Vantablack (Vanta- standing for Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array), is so dark because it essentially traps all the light that strikes it, reflecting nothing in return.
BMW has in fact had the pigment adapted from its purest form to be able to reflect one per cent of light, just so that the car would have some dimension—though we're not sure if one per cent makes much of a difference.
Watch the short promo video for the BMW X6 in Vantaback below:
It's no doubt a sexy, futuristic vision of the X6 series, but will the Vantablack X6 remain a mere motor show fantasy or just something we'll see in the movies? A car that poses such a risk for collision—regular black cars are already 47 per cent more likely to experience a crash due to visibility issues—we think the Vantablack X6 is unlikely to ever make it to the real roads.
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