BMW has created the X6 coupe-crossover, featuring paint that absorbs more than 99% of light.
The official presentation of the “blackest” has not yet taken place, it should happen on September 12th at the Frankfurt auto show. Nevertheless, photographs have already appeared on the Web showing a car that literally looks like a failure in space. The combination of an almost absolute black body with illuminated headlights and a radiator grille makes the car exceptionally spectacular.
BMW succeeded achieve this effect with Vantablack VBx2, developed by Surrey NanoSystems. It is based on technology based on nanotubes, the diameter of which does not exceed 20 nanometers (thousands of times thinner than a human hair). Vantablack was originally developed for scientific research, but the German automaker has managed to find another use for it. The creative agency Levitation 29 also participated in the project.
It should be noted that BMW did not use the original Vantablack dye, which is able to absorb light completely, but a version that still has a reflectivity of 1%. This was done because otherwise the human eye simply could not perceive the car as voluminous due to the absence of any glare on it at all. And since the effect provided by the Vantablack VBx2 would not have looked on a small car without a distinctive design, it was decided to choose the X6. This large model has a catchy and well-remembered aggressive appearance.
According to company representatives, the creation of a “completely black” car is nothing more than an interesting project. To date, the BMW VBX6 is "the first and only vehicle in the world" to feature Vantablack VBx2.