Many people like the color black because it gives a sense of weight, and a more discreet mark and that, at the same time, it matches everything. Amazingly, there are different shades of black out there and Pit One Customs, based in Japan, used the darkest acrylic paint to paint the Porsche 911.
Called Musou Black, the shade has the ability to absorb up to 99.4% of visible light. In comparison, “normal” black palettes absorb between 94% and 98% of this light.
In a video posted on his youtube channel, the workshop showed the process of repainting the Porsche 911. The German sports car was already painted in gloss black and, as the work progresses, the 911 becomes more and more ‘secret’.
The absorption of color is so good in this painting that, throughout the process, when the material protecting the wheels, windows and lights are covered with paint, it is impossible to recognize any detail of the car and the Porsche 911 looks like a shadow. Only the silhouette of a sports car is visible.
With the painting done, it was finally time to remove it. What’s really interesting is that its tone doesn’t change much when it goes from the sun to the shade. Also, in filming the Porsche 911 looked like a computer graphics car imported into the real world.
Porsche 911 Musou Black is not the blackest car in the world
Believe it or not, Musou Black is not the darkest color out there. In 2019, BMW presented the X6 stamped in Vantablack at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Tint absorbs 99.96% of visible light, making this substance the darkest color in the world. The concept of the BMW project was to create a different way to hide the design of the new car without resorting to hiding or installing fake body panels.
Vantablack is not the color itself, but pure carbon. It was created by the UK’s National Physical Laboratory in 2006, and when it spins around an object, it creates an array of millions of carbon nanotubes. They are very small structures, 20 nanometers in diameter and between 14 and 50 nanometers long, and are designed to form light-absorbing “traps.”
These nanotubes are aligned vertically, which gives the name “Vanta”: rows of nanotubes aligned vertically, and “Black” comes in black.
The uses of Vanta Black can be varied, and most of them are related to space exploration. This color has the ability to absorb unwanted light and prevent it from being captured by a microscope, for example.
In addition, it can be used in aviation to hide aircraft from radar, improve the efficiency of infrared cameras and increase the heat absorption capacity of solar panels.
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