[tps_header] The Land Rover recently celebrated the 45th anniversary of its flagship Range Rover by driving the luxury SUV on a paer bridge. [/tps_header]
The Land Rover has given the world a number of SUV’s with extra ordinary off-roading capabilities and an unmatchable build quality. It dominates the luxury SUV segment across the globe since decades. Whenever, the history book is opened to find the best SUV of any time, all the cars that turn up are from Land Rover. Like in other corners of the world, the Land Rovers are the favorite of wealthy Indians. The British automaker is now owned by our very own Tata Motors. The Land Rovers’ most successful model on the sales front is undoubtedly the Range Rover family.
Suzhou is known for the number of rivers and bridges it has. It is often referred to as the ‘Venice of East.’ The paper used for the bridge was supplied by the British manufacturer James Cropper PLC. Chief instructor Chris Zhou from Land Rover was assigned the duty of making use of various all-terrain technologies to preserve the structure.
The latest fourth generation of Range Rover was used in the act. The new SUV is built by aluminium which makes the car around 450 kg lighter than the regular SUV made from the traditional steel. This car made its global debut in 2012.
Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “China is an important market for Range Rover, so we have picked the perfect place to celebrate 45 years of our luxury SUV family. Range Rover’s advanced lightweight body and peerless all-terrain capability were crucial factors in making this unique drive possible.”
The bridge took 3 days to be constructed. Initially the construction started with the assembly of a pair of specially designed wooden abutments. Then the paper was stacked on this using a temporary framework. After the completion of the project, this was removed and a free standing structure of 3,4-meter height and 5 meter long.
Commenting on the bridge construction, artist and paper bridge designer, 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.”