Land Rover is the kind of company that would take on the challenge, whatever it maybe. From the Mark I Defender forging impassable gulleys deep in the Borneo rainforest by day to the chic and ultra modern L405 Range Rover that cruises the urban jungle by night; the company is always out to show the world just what it can do.
This time however, Land Rover is out to showcase 45 years of engineering innovation with a feat that most would consider as outrageous. But with an idea and a can-do-attitude, they will attempt to do just that. The mule drafted for this experiment is none other than the company’s flagship SUV – the Range Rover Vogue.
The one-of-a-kind experiment was held in China or ancient water city of Suzhou to be specific. The city is synonymous with bridges, and couple that with the fact that the Chinese were credited with the invention of paper and suddenly this venue makes perfect sense. The paper on the other hand, was supplied by specialist British manufacturer James Cropper PLC.
Construction of the bridge began with the assembly of a pair of specially designed wooden support structures. Paper was then stacked on these supports using a temporary frame to hold them in place. Once completed, the supporting structure was then removed, leaving a freestanding 3.4-metre high paper arch spanning five metres long.
Obviously, the Range Rover wouldn’t even break a sweat in the attempt to cross the paper bridge but that said, this experiment shows the engineering prowess of Land Rover’s clever lads. Be esure to watch the video and enjoy the gallery below. Meanwhile, here’s a list of accomplishments that’s made the Range Rover the icon it is today.
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