How BMW painted the car in the blackest known substance

(ORDO NEWS) — The unique project was born thanks to the collaboration between BMW and Surrey NanoSystem, which developed the Vantablack substance. BMW X6 Vantablack VBx2 will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

In 2014, British experts introduced the vantablack (vertically aligned nanotube arrays + black) substance, which is the blackest known substance in the world.

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Vantablack consists of carbon nanotubes “growing” on aluminum foil, 14 to 50 micrometers long and 20 nanometers in diameter. Such a substance absorbs 99.965% of the incident radiation, which distorts the shape of the surface covered with vantablack and visually turns volumetric objects into two-dimensional blackness.

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Surrey NanoSystems founder and CTO Ben Jensen said the company had previously rejected all requests to paint cars with vantablack. The first car to receive an innovative coating was the new BMW X6 coupe-crossover, the design of which, according to the creators of vantablack, was suitable for demonstrating the blackest substance in the world.

Before applying vantablack to a car, the substance was used in the aerospace industry, including in optical elements. An analogue of vantablack, developed by the American company NanoLab, is available for public sale.

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