BMW takes the world's blackest paint out for a spin

BMW black paint
(Image credit: BMW)

German car manufacturer, BMW, has released a one-off version of its X6 coupé, which has been spray-painted with a version of Surrey NanoSystems self-described "blackest black in the world", Vantablack. The pigment, which absorbs over 99 per cent of light, looks stunning on the car and appears to flatten its body into a two-dimensional shape.

In our guide to colour theory we looked at how pigments can affect our perception, and this car is a perfect example of that. Because it reflects so little light, the BMW Vantablack X6 looks almost void-like.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.