Paper beats rock in Land Rover’s newest video where a Range Rover celebrates its 45th anniversary in a rather strange way, with a short drive across a paper bridge.
The automaker says that the freestanding structure spanned five meters and it took no less than three days to construct. There are no bolts or glue used to hold it in place and it was hand-built in the ancient water city of Suzhou, China, “Venice of the East”, famous for its bridges.
“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”, said paper bridge designer and artist Steve Messam.
The impressive stunt took place ahead of the 2015 Guangzhou Motor Show, which opens its gates on November 20.
When it debuted, back in 1970, the Range Rover was the world’s first luxury SUV. In 1989, it was the first 4×4 to get anti-lock brakes (ABS) and, three years later, it introduced the electronically controlled air suspension and the Electronic Traction Control, to the segment. The Range Rover is now in its fourth generation, which was launched at the Paris Auto Show in 2012.