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We come across references to Vantablack from time to time in the media, usually in relation to the ongoing feud between artists Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor, but we particularly love its application in this case.

BMW recently unveiled its X6 coupe painted in what has been termed of the world’s “blackest black”  pigment, one that is alleged to absorb more than 99% of light. The BMX VBX6 is the first call to feature a Vantablack VBx2 coating which removes reflections and renders the car two-dimensional in appearance. Because of the potential danger such an effect could cause, the collaborators decided to retain 1% reflectance which allows the subtle hint of the shape of the motor vehicle to be observed. 

The project, between BMW and Surrey NanoSystems the inventors of Vantablack technology, was intended to be a playful yet forward-thinking take on the tradition of concealing the key design of a car under cloth.

The BMX VBX6 made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show which took place in that city from 12 to 22nd September, 2019.


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