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Vantablack is the blackest black we have. When the prancing pony people decided to paint a Ferrari SF90 Stradale in Vantablack, they transformed the supercar into something otherworldly. A video shows the SF90 in Vantablack driving in its hometown of Maranello, Italy, and it’s so black that it literally doesn’t look real. 

a Ferrari SF90 in Vantablack caught driving in Italy
Vantablack Ferrari SF90 Stradale | Varryx via YouTube

What is Vantablack?

It looks more similar to bad CGI than it does a real car. In the video, the Ferrari is driving around, and it takes gathering some context clues to verify that this is a real car that is truly this fully black. 

How can something be any blacker? Well, nothing can be more black than Vantablack. It achieves its darkness by allowing no light to be reflected. This gives anything painted in this “color” the appearance of being photoshopped but in real life.

There is almost something unnerving about this Vantablack Ferrari. You get the sense that even though you are looking at it, nothing is coming back to you. 

According to CarScoops, this ultimate darkness was achieved in 2014 by Surrey NanoSystems. Vantablack absorbs 99.965 percent of light. This is what gives it its sort of shade of despair. The more literal effect is making 3D objects seem to be more 2D. 

Can you get a car painted in Vantablack? 

This Ferrari SF90 Stradale isn’t the first car to be slathered in the endlessness of Vantablack. About two years ago, a BMW X6 got the Vantablack treatment first. Other cars went to the dark side, too, like the Mitsubishi Lancer and, of course, this Ferrari. 

The reason for this overly black Ferrari is still a mystery. According to CarScoops, Ferrari has not mentioned anything about it, causing the theories to fly. Some people have suggested that a customer must customize it, while others wonder if maybe Ferrari might add Vantablack to its color pallet. That would certainly feel very Ferrari. 

Let’s take a closer look at the Vantablack Ferrari SF90 Stradale

2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale in red
2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale | Ferrari

Aside from the dangers of getting sucked into the blackhole paint job, the Ferrari SF90 is a significant model for Ferrari. The SF90 debuted in 2019 as Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid model. It uses an electrified powertrain in tandem with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. The V8 alone makes an impressive 769 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. 

The electric side uses three separate motors to enhance the performance of the turbo V8. Turning those power figures from 769 hp into a phenomenal 986 hp. The Ferrari SF90 can hit 62 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph. If a driver felt so compelled, they could use the electric powertrain for a total distance of 15.5 miles. 

It is still unclear why this Ferrari is running around in the blackest substance on Earth. There is still a lot to be done with Vantablack. Although it was designed for space use due to its lack of reflectivity, there is no doubt we will start to see more of it lurking around our planet. 

This Ferrari marks the third car to wear the color of the abyss. Does that mean we might see cars wearing this color soon? It still feels unlikely as the safety issues for having this color on a car feel quite long and hard to regulate.


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