In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Range Rover, Land Rover commissioned a paper bridge in Suzhou, China for the vehicle to cross, spanning five metres without glue, bolts or any fixings.
The stunt to portray innovation of the marque, has been held ahead of the Guangzhou Motor Show in China. The hand-built paper bridge took three days to construct in the ancient 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.
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.”
Watch the video of the stunt …..
Other historic World Firsts by Range Rover;
1970 The original two-door Range Rover – known as the Classic – goes on sale
1972 The Range Rover is the first vehicle to drive the full length of the Americas from Alaska to Cape Horn including the near-impassable Darien Gap
1979 A specially modified Range Rover wins the first Paris-Dakar rally (a Range Rover wins again in 1981)
1981 First production four-door Range Rover appears along with the first factory produced limited-edition Range Rover – the ‘In Vogue’
1985 The diesel-powered Range Rover ‘Bullet’ breaks 27 speed records, including a diesel record for averaging more than 100mph for 24 hours
1989 Range Rover is the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes
1992 Range Rover Classic is the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with Electronic Traction Control
1992 Automatic electronic air suspension introduced, a world first for a 4×4
1994 Second-generation (P38a) Range Rover launched
2001 Third-generation (L322) Range Rover launched
2002 Half-millionth Range Rover produced at the Solihull plant
2010 Range Rover celebrates its 40th anniversary,
2012 Fourth-generation (L405) Range Rover launched – the world’s first all-aluminium SUV
2015 6,000,000th Land Rover produced is a Range Rover LWB SE Vogue destined for China