Fast Lane

The hand-built arched structure (above) spans 5m and took three days to construct without the use of glue or bolts.
The hand-built arched structure (above) spans 5m and took three days to construct without the use of glue or bolts.PHOTO: LAND ROVER

Paper takes weight

A paper bridge sounds pretty flimsy, but Land Rover commissioned the building of one that is sturdy enough for its flagship sports utility vehicle to be driven over.

The hand-built arched structure spans 5m and took three days to construct without the use of glue or bolts. This could be the first time that a Range Rover's terrain- conquering abilities were tested on paper.

The bridge was crossed in Suzhou, China, without any incident.

Jeremy Chua


GT for kids

Ford will be giving away model kits for its GT model (above) at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which will take place in Detroit from Jan 11 to 24.

Each kit comprises 14 pieces and is assembled by simply snapping the pieces together.

A 28-piece retail model kit, which is priced at US$14.99 (S$21), will go on sale in April.


Museum revamp

The Toyota Automobile Museum, which is located in Nagakute City, Japan, is being refurbished to showcase the evolution of the automotive industry world- wide.

After the first stage is completed, there will be an eight-part exhibition detailing the development of the automobile industry from its birth to the 1950s. The exhibition opens next Tuesday.

Other improvements include new guided tours and lectures. The cafe will also be redesigned.

The entire revamp, however, is scheduled to be completed only by the museum's 30th anniversary in 2019.



PHOTOS: FORD, LEXUS, TOYOTA

Driving on ice

Lexus literally made a cool style statement when it fitted wheels made of ice onto an NX compact SUV (above).

The Japanese carmaker commissioned a team of ice-sculpture specialists to create the four wheels. It took them three months of designing, researching and testing.

LED lights were added to the wheels before they were fitted to the NX, which was then driven - slowly - down a road in London.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe