Monday 26 September 2016

Paper-only bridge supports Range Rover in anniversary stunt

Published 19/11/2015 | 12:06

The Range Rover SUV being driven across a bridge made of paper in Suzhou, China (Land Rover /PA)
The Range Rover SUV being driven across a bridge made of paper in Suzhou, China (Land Rover /PA)

Land Rover has taken off-roading to a different level in China by constructing a bridge made only of paper - and having a Range Rover SUV drive across it.

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The free-standing structure was built in Suzhou, and spanned five metres without glue or bolts to hold it in place.

The unusual feat was commissioned to mark the 45th anniversary of the Range Rover range of vehicles ahead of the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.

The hand-built paper bridge took three days to construct in the ancient water city of Suzhou, which is famous for its bridges and nicknamed "Venice of the East". It was built over an arch, that was then removed, and constructed entirely from high-quality paper supplied by specialist British manufacturer James Cropper PLC.

The brave person behind the wheel was Land Rover Experience chief instructor Chris Zhou who used Terrain Response 2 auto settings on the Range Rover that helped the vehicle adjust to the unusual road surface.

The paper bridge designer, artist 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."

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