British SUV specialist Land Rover has decided to celebrate Range Rover’s 45th anniversary by having it driven over an interesting paper bridge over in Suzhou, China.
In order to highlight the continued innovation of the Range Rover series, the automaker built the unique bridge without resorting to glue or bolts – and it was over a crossing of no less than five meters long. The contraption was manufactured via high quality paper from British manufacturer James Cropper PLC and was done in three days. Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou was at the wheel of the Range Rover as he navigated carefully up the rather steep slope – and he even paused briefly at the top of the unique construction. The stunt employed a Range Rover Vogue SCV6 that has under the hood the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine churning out 340 bhp (253 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the ubiquitous all-wheel drive system. That’s enough to have the big Range go from not to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.1 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
Steve Messam, the artist that designed the paper bridge, said the feat was one of a kind as structures made out of paper were only designed until now to support people – not giants of metal. “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,” he added.