To mark its 45th anniversary, Land Rover drove its flagship Range Rover luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) across a bridge made of paper in Suzhou, China. The paper bridge spans five meters without glue or bolts to hold it in place.
Land Rover commissioned the unique bridge to mark the 45th anniversary of its Range Rover family and to highlight 45 years of Range Rover innovation ahead of the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.
The hand-built paper bridge took three days to construct in the ancient water city of Suzhou, which is famous for its bridges and nicknamed “Venice of the East.” The unique crossing was made of high quality paper supplied by specialist British manufacturer James Cropper PLC.
The jaw dropping drive is the latest in a long line of industry firsts for Land Rover’s flagship SUV. Range Rover was the world’s first ever luxury 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 anti-lock brakes and introduced both electronic traction control and electronic air suspension to the sector in 1992.
The latest fourth-generation model was the first all-aluminum SUV when it debuted in 2012. Its innovative lightweight aluminum body provides a total vehicle saving of up to 420 kilograms compared to using traditional steel.
Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou was entrusted with negotiating the paper bridge, using a variety of all-terrain technologies to preserve the delicate fabric of the unique structure. Range Rover is available with a series of innovative features that combine to provide unrivalled all-terrain capability including Terrain Response 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control.