Range Rover Drives Over A Paper Bridge In China — A World-First!

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Land Rover celebrates 45 years of Range Rover innovation with a creative collaboration by driving its flagship Range Rover luxury SUV across a bridge made of paper. By accomplishing this jaw-dropping drive, the Luxury-SUV now completes the world's first drive across a one-off paper bridge.

The hand-built freestanding paper bridge that spanned five metres used 54,390 sheets of paper and took three days to construct in the ancient water city of Suzhou, which is famous for its bridges and nicknamed 'Venice of the East'. The paper bridge was constructed by British manufacturer James Cropper PLC without glue or bolts to hold it in place.

The SUV's Terrain Response 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) technology enabled Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou to tackle the unique paper bridge. The Range Rover approached the paper bridge at an angle of 34.7° and exited with a departure angle of 29.6°.

The Terrain Response 2 is an auto mode that provides various range of vehicle settings to enhance all-terrain capability without any input from the driver. All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), on the other hand, allows the driver to concentrate purely on steering inputs while this system maintains a set speed ranging from 1km/h - 30km/h.

The drive is the latest in a long line of industry firsts for Land Rover's flagship SUV.

History of industry-first achievements at a glance

– 1970: Range Rover launched making it the world's first ever luxury SUV

– 1972: the first vehicle to drive across the Darien Gap in Central America

– 1989: the first 4x4 to be fitted with Anti-lock brakes (ABS)

– 1992: the first to introduce Electronic Traction Control and Electronic air suspension to the sector

– 2012: the first all-aluminium SUV. The innovation lead to a total vehicle saving of up to 420kg compared to using traditional steel

DriveSpark Thinks! All-terrain capability and the exquisite interior is what defines Range Rover.

Did you know? Paper was invented in ancient China during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and via the Silk Road paper manufacture was introduced to India in the 13th century by Muslim merchants.

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Story first published: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 15:54 [IST]
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