The All New Range Rover Travels Over a Paper Bridge
Jaguar and Land Rover are known for doing some over the top stuff when revealing vehicles, and the automaker did so yet again when unveiling the all-new Range Rover. Thanks to a lot of hard work and careful designing, the automaker made the 2016 Range Rover the 45th anniversary of the Range Rover the first vehicle to drive over a paper bridge in the world. That’s an interesting title for a very impressive feat.
The all-new Range Rover is a great looking vehicle, but let’s be honest, the real hero of this story is the 20+ foot bridge composed of just paper. It’s impressive when you look at the papery arch, but it becomes much more so when you realize that it’s not held together with bolts or glue. Instead the paper is just squished together in a highly compacted fashion. It relies on the strength of the arch design perfected more than 1,000 years ago, but it’s very cool to see a full-sized SUV drive over a span made from paper.
Land Rover recruited Steve Messam, paper bridge designer, to come and design and help assemble the bridge designed to set the new world record. All the paper used during construction was donated by James Cropper PLC. a British manufacturer.
A Fist Full of Firsts
When the Range Rover was released in 1970 it was the very first vehicle to travel through the treacherous Darien Gap, a section between Central and South America that’s so difficult most people still avoid travelling through it by land today. In 1989 the Range Rover was the first vehicle with 4×4 that also came with ABS anti-lock brakes. Just three years later in 1992 the Range Rover was the first vehicle in the segment to get an electronic air suspension and electronic traction control. In 2012 it was the first all-aluminum SUV and now it’s the first vehicle to travel over a paper bridge. It has a long and rich history, and that’s part of the fun of owning a Range Rover.
Travelling over Paper Terrain
Not only was the bridge itself pretty darned impressive, but the ease of which the Range Rover traversed is was just as impressive. A paper bridge isn’t likely to be a very easy surface to grip onto, especially when it’s positioned into a delicate supporting arch that creates a circular driving surface. Even still the Range Rover slinked up one side and down the other without a moment’s hesitation. It’s amazing how easily it accomplished the feat.
Try building a paper bridge at home on your own and you’ll see what an impressive feat this is. To be accomplished in just a couple days of construction is even more impressive.