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It's believed that black holes, formed when very massive stars collapse under their own weight at the end of their lifecycle, possess such an awesome gravitational pull that even light can't escape - hence the name "black hole". Now, advances in modern chemistry make it possible to achieve practically the same visual effect without having to fiddle with those messy, cumbersome supernovas.
There exist today a number of super-black paints capable of absorbing more than 99 percent of incoming light - paints like Vantablack, Singularity Black, Black 2.0, and Black 3.0. But while BMW shod an X6 concept in Vantablack for display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, we'd never heard of any individuals trying out the whole "rolling black hole" aesthetic on their own cars - until now.
Our friends at DipYourCar just released a new video showing what a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo looks like coated head-to-toe in one of the world's blackest paints: Musou Black. The net effect, if you've never before seen anything shod in one of these super-black paints before, is gobsmacking. It leaves the Evo looking like the car in that one racing video game that you haven't unlocked yet, all the unpainted elements - the lights, vents, windows, wheels, etc. - all floating impossibly in the black void.
DipYourCar founder Fonzie describes it best: "I've never seen anything like this in my entire life... The only way I can describe it is it just doesn't look real. It looks like real life has been photoshopped."
There are a couple of things you should know before you run out and do this to your own car. For starters, Musou Black is expensive. Quite expensive. A 1L bottle of the stuff will run you 18,000 Japanese yen - about $170 US - and that's nowhere near enough to properly coat an entire car. But more importantly, Musou Black, which is a water-based acrylic, is not durable or weather-proof enough for automotive use. It's relatively brittle, scratching and wearing easily, and applying even a matte clear coat will ruin the visual effect.
At the end of the day, you'd be shelling out big bucks for a very cool-looking, but very temporary, paint job.