I’ve always wanted to paint a helmet with that ultra black (not sure what actual brand this is), but you can’t clear it, so it would only last for a weekend. Perfect for F1 guys like Vettel who can have multiple helmets a year.
I have some similar black paint at the shop I’ve used for painting my photo backdrops.
Yeah that’s basically what this Vettel helmet is, just not sure if it’s actual Vantablack. As far as I know you can’t buy or use Vantablack unless you’re a government contractor or you’re Anish Kapoor who has exclusive artistic rights to it somehow.
I don’t think that’s light reflection because the rest of the helmet is so flat. That could be some dirt or dust. With paint this matte, it attracts so much dust that’s probably what it is. In his Instagram post there is zero reflection from the photo lights.
On JMD’s Instagram they say it’s super-black with “99.9%” light absorption.
Have had many requests for similar over the years. Certainly a cool one! His night race Red Bull helmets were always spectacular and looked great under the lights. I’ve seen other drivers do the same at SuperNats too.
I did a few light kits on my own helmets but they never turned out very good and I never really got to use them.
While I know it’s probably fine. My inner safety-nerd alarm goes off drilling holes in the helmet for lights. Maybe they had some very small surface mount LEDS and circuitry, but the obvious way to me is drilling tiny holes.