Land Rover has driven its flagship Range Rover luxury SUV across a bridge made of paper to mark the 45th anniversary of its Range Rover family.
The hand-built paper bridge took three days to create in the ancient water city of Suzhou and was carefully constructed by high quality paper supplied by specialist British manufacturer James Cropper PLC.
The jaw dropping drive is just the latest in a long line of first for the Land Rover’s flagship SUV. In 1970 the Range Rover was the world’s first luxury SUV and was the first vehicle to drive across the Darien Gap in Central America two years later. In 1989 it was the first 4x4 to be equipped with ABS anti-lock brakes, and in 1992 it introduced Electronic Traction Control and electronic air suspension to the sector.
Trusted with negotiating the paper bridge was Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou who used a variety of all-terrain technologies to preserve the delicate structure. The Range Rover is available with an array of intelligent features that aim to provide optimum all-terrain capability including Terrain Response 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control.
Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering Jaguar Land Rover said that the company chose China for the special even as it has been a “hugely important market for Range Rover”. When speaking about this unique drive he stated that the Range Rover’s “advanced lightweight body and peerless all-terrain capability were crucial factors” in making the drive possible.
Steve Messam, the artist behind the paper bridge design said “nothing on this scale has ever been attempted” and that the “ease and composure with which the vehicle negotiated the arch was genuinely breathtaking.”