To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Range Rover and just ahead of the Guangzhou Motor Show in China , Land Rover has driven its flagship vehicle over a bridge constructed entirely of paper!
The hand-built paper bridge took three days to construct and was freestanding, using no glue or bolts to hold it in place. The structure which spanned five meters was built in the ancient water city of Suzhou, which is famous for its bridges and nicknamed “Venice of the East.”
Artist and paper bridge designer, Steve Messam, said: “Paper structures capable of supporting people have been built before but nothing on this scale has ever been attempted. It’s pushing engineering boundaries, just like the Range Rover, and the ease and composure with which the vehicle negotiated the arch was genuinely breathtaking.”
Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou was chosen to tackle the bridge, and used a variety of technologies, such as All Terrain Progress Control to preserve the delicate fabric of the unique structure.
Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering Jaguar Land Rover, said: “China is hugely important for Range Rover, so we have picked the perfect place to celebrate 45 years of our premium SUV family. Range Rover’s advanced lightweight body and peerless all-terrain capability were crucial factors in making this unique drive possible.”
Range Rover was the world’s first ever premium SUV when it debuted in 1970 and was the first vehicle to drive across the Darien Gap in Central America two years later. In 1989 it was first 4×4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes and introduced both Electronic Traction Control and electronic air suspension to the sector in 1992.