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BMW Unveils a Car Coated in Vantablack

August 29th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
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All Black Everything

Vantablack is a coating so black, anything covered in it appears to disappear, replaced by the blackest of black voids.

Now, the company behind the coating, Surrey NanoSystems, has teamed up with BMW to see what it looks like when you paint a vehicle with Vantablack — and it’s about as trippy as you’d expect.

Barely There

On Wednesday, BMW announced the creation of a BMW X6 coated in Vantablack VBx2, a version of the coating that absorbs 99 percent of light compared to the original Vantablack’s 99.965 percent.

“It wouldn’t have worked if we’d put on the original material,” Surrey CTO Ben Jensen told New Atlas. “The viewer would have lost all sense of three-dimensionality. VBx2 with its one percent reflectance provides just enough of a hint of shape.”

One and Only

Anyone interested in seeing — sort of — the Vantablack BWM in person will get their shot at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. However, don’t take the car’s existence as a sign that you’ll soon be able to upgrade your own vehicle with a Vantablack coating.

“[U]nfortunately, the limitations of Vantablack in respect of direct impact or abrasion would make this an impractical proposition for most people,” Surrey wrote on its website’s FAQ page. “It would also be incredibly expensive.”

READ MORE: Vantablack BMW X6: The blackest car that’s ever existed [New Atlas]

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