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BMW Painted an X6 at it's launch in Vantablack.

"Vantablack is a material developed by Surrey NanoSystems in the United Kingdom and is one of the darkest substances known, absorbing up to 99.965% of visible light (at 663 nm if the light is perpendicular to the material)."

It basically has no reflection so any contours or 3d shaded aspects of an object are hidden. Given it has these properties it was kind of a weird thing to do upon launching your new car until you see the X6 then realise it was actually quite a good idea.


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10 hours ago, warren t claim said:



Does anyone know the story of this?

Presumably it was painted for the film after a hard life on the press fleet.  The Fourth Protocol was released in 87 and that must have been one of the first Mk4s , being registered in March 86.

It stayed blue and somewhere I remember reading about someone that didn’t buy it years later because it was damaged by filming. 
It was lucky not to have been nicked on set, one of my brothers and his mates  nicked a load of potted plants and a chair from outside the house that was used for filming, my Mum had them in her garden for years. She lived where the USAF runway is supposed to be in the film.  The Escort was left outside the house for a week or so.

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Behind the Iron Curtain it was simply that black was the colour for official cars and the use of one would advertise how, er, close you were to the powers-that-be. I remember reading that estate cars were similarly out of favour in the USSR due to their resemblance to ambulances.

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