The streets of Maranello are familiar with Ferrari prototypes. For decades, Ferrari has hosted some of the world’s most famous supercars in road trials, but that’s a bit different. BUT Ferrari SF90 which has been put up for sale for quite some time, has emerged from the halls of Maranello in a very strange coloring that we cannot understand.
YouTuber Warrix has provided the world with dozens of videos of the latest Ferrari tests, but this SF90 one of their most interesting finds. It doesn’t seem as easy as the SF90 Stradale with matte black wrap. This is much deeper and may be related to the use of Vantabalk, the darkest substance known to man.
Vantabalck was invented by Surrey NanoSystems based in the UK. This unique substance was originally developed for military purposes and is darker than any other substance on Earth. Vantabalck can absorb 99.965% of visible light, so there is no reflection from any surface coated with this unique substance. This magical coating is not just really dark paint, it is made up of a forest of nanostructures that capture light. The light is then released as thermal energy.
So why paint a Ferrari SF90 Stradale Vantablack? I am not sure if there is a clear reason so that one can only assume that it is a status symbol. Some have the rarest Ferrari or the reddest Ferrari, so why not pick the darkest Ferrari possible? I’m sure it would be fun to talk about at a trendy yacht party.
Painting a supercar with a substance that absorbs light and turns it into heat is not ideal, especially when the same car must also keep its central engine from melting due to the hot combustion process. We can only assume that this testing is confirmation that the Vantabalck Ferrari will not melt during the short ride, and based on the video it went through with flying colors.
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