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RANGE ROVER MARKS 45 YEARS OF ENGINEERING INNOVATION WITH JAW DROPPING DRIVE ACROSS PAPER BRIDGE

In a display of capability and engineering Land Rover has driven its flagship vehicle, the Range Rover, over a bridge constructed entirely of paper.

The challenge marks the 45th Anniversary of the Range Rover family and highlights the innovation of this family of vehicle ahead of the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.

The hand-built paper bridge took three days to construct and was freestanding, using no glue or bolts to hold it in place. The structure which spanned five metres was built in the ancient water city of Suzhou, which is famous for its bridges and nicknamed ‘Venice of the East’.

The crossing of the bridge was negotiated by Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou who used a variety of all-terrain technologies, such as All Terrain Progress Control to preserve the delicate fabric of the unique structure.

The fourth-generation Range Rover model that crossed the structure has an innovative lightweight aluminium body which provides a total vehicle saving of up to 420kg compared to using traditional steel.

Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering Jaguar Land Rover, said: "China is hugely important for Range Rover, so we have picked the perfect place to celebrate 45 years of our premium SUV family. Range Rover’s advanced lightweight body and peerless all-terrain capability were crucial factors in making this unique drive possible."

This jaw dropping drive is the latest in a long line of industry firsts for Land Rover’s flagship SUV. Range Rover was the world’s first ever premium SUV when it debuted in 1970 and was the first vehicle to drive across the Darien Gap in Central America two years later. In 1989 it was first 4x4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes and introduced both Electronic Traction Control and electronic air suspension to the sector in 1992.