Land Rover is master of innovation and we have seen it over the years. Being a car manufacturer, the innovations are generally confined to making their SUVs modern and hi-tech. But a latest video revealed by the iconic British SUV manufacturer took the innovation game to a whole new level! Land Rover celebrated 45th anniversary of Range Rover by climbing on a paper bridge.
Yes, a paper bridge, and that too without any glue or nuts! Land Rover built a paper bridge spanning over five metre in Suzhou, China. A Range Rover Vogue was shortlisted to show celebrate the Range Rover's anniversary and was driven over this hand made bridge by Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou, who without any trouble, navigated the Vogue on and off the bridge.
Steve Messam, artist and paper bridge designer, was tasked to build the bridge without using any sort of external support. The bridge was built using a high quality paper sourced from British manufacturer James Cropper PLC. Steve and his team took three days to construct this engineering marvel without any glue or bolts.
An ecstatic 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."
The Range Rover Vogue weighs no less than 3 tonnes, but watching Chris Zhou drive the vehicle over the steep bridge never made it feel so heavy. After carefully ascending the bridge, he stopped the vehicle at the top to show the bridge capabilities and then he continued to descend from the bridge. He then stepped out of the vehicle with a victorious smile!
The Range Rover Vogue used for this stunt was the SCV6 variant that features a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine. The motor is capable of producing 340 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all the four wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The Vogue does a 0-100 kmph sprint in 7.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 209 kmph.
While this one of its kind stunt had nothing to do with the vehicular capabilities, Land Rover is known for its off-roading abilities. In the past also, the manufacturer has shown videos with hi-tech gadgets. A couple of them included the auto-driving feature through tough terrains and the 360 degree view window with a ghost car navigation system.