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Range Rover crosses paper bridge. Image by Land Rover.

Range Rover crosses paper bridge
Stunt to promote Rangie's 45th birthday.
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Hmmmm. That bridge.

What about it?

It looks a bit... crinkly. A bit... papery.

Well, that's because it's made out of paper.

Why? Why would you make a bridge out of paper? Isn't that getting into chocolate teapot territory?

Not if it can hold the weight of a two-and-a-bit-tonne Range Rover it's not. The paper bridge was specially commissioned by Land Rover for a publicity stunt ahead of the Guangzhou motor show in China, and it's to celebrate the Range Rover's 45th birthday.

The paper bridge, designed with the help of specialist paper supplier James Cropper PLC, used no glue or bolts or anything else to create its five-metre span. It was built over a river in the Chinese city of Suzhou, which is famous for its canals and waterways.

And yes, they really drove a full-on Range Rover across it, with Land Rover Experience chief instructor Chris Zhou behind the wheel. No doubt he was thankful that the current Range Rover is some 420kg lighter than the old one...

He was also using the Terrain Progress Control, a system that allows the car to be driven in a controlled and steady manner with no sudden surging forward on a poorly-applied throttle. The system can be used to get the car going on the most treacherous of surfaces including wet grass (harder than it sounds) and deep sand. Or, indeed, on a bridge made of paper.

Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "China is an important market for Range Rover, so we have picked the perfect place to celebrate 45 years of our luxury SUV family. Range Rover's advanced lightweight body and peerless all-terrain capability were crucial factors in making this unique drive possible."

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."

Prove it happened...



Neil Briscoe - 19 Nov 2015



Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.

Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.Range Rover driven over paper bridge in China. Image by Land Rover.









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