Alpha was one of several featherweights built by Team BlazerBotics, which competed in the Featherweight Championship of Series 7 of Robot Wars. It failed to progress beyond its heat after losing the judges' decision in its singular fight.

Design[edit | edit source]

Rear view of Alpha in the arena

Alpha was an invertible two-wheeled robot with a box-shaped chassis and a small stainless steel front scoop as its weapon. It featured a top speed of 15mph, meaning it was one of the fastest featherweights in the competition, and it had small black bars on either side of its chassis. The back end of the robot was decorated with the Team BlazerBotics logo, and was heavily armoured. However, the robot's lack of an active weapon meant it could not leave a lasting impression on the Judges.

The Team[edit | edit source]

Main article: Team MAD

Alan Young (right) at the controls of Alpha

Alpha was built by Team BlazerBotics, nowadays Team MAD, consisting of the young brothers Alan and Dave Young. Whilst Dave Young entered the Featherweight Championship with G2, Alpha was controlled by the older brother Alan Young in its only battle. Alan Young had previously competed with the featherweight Flybot, the antweight Chroma, and would eventually join his younger brother on the Apollo team in Series 10, having led the construction of the machine.

Robot History[edit | edit source]

Series 7[edit | edit source]

In the opening featherweight melee of the series, Alpha fought Cygnus X3, G2, Kitty, Mini-Maul, Prince of Awe and Rip.

Alpha engages with Kitty early on

Alpha is flipped by Prince of Awe

Alpha began by shunting Kitty into the CPZ, before shoving Prince of Awe into the wandering Sir Killalot. It then rammed into an already immobile Mini-Maul, and pushed it across the arena floor into the side wall. Alpha darted around for a while, dodging Rip and driving up on Prince of Awe's flipper, where it was overturned. Being invertible, Alpha was largely unaffected, and it darted away while Prince of Awe chased after it briefly.

Alpha has a close call with Growler

Growler later grabbed hold of Alpha and opened the pit with it. Helpless in the House Robot's grip, Alpha was spun round for a couple of seconds before it was released back into the fight. Once it was free, Alpha attacked Kitty, pushing it from behind and ramming it into G2, before ramming Rip, whose flipper had stopped working by this point.

"We haven't seen much of Alpha yet, Alan Young, 18 years of age, driving and designing."
— Jonathan Pearce

Alpha shoves Rip into the CPZ

Late on, Alpha shoved Rip into a CPZ, and then attacked Prince of Awe from behind, just before G2 and Cygnus X3 were thrown by the Floor Flipper. Cease was called with four robots, including Alpha, still active, but it was Prince of Awe and Rip who progressed via a Judges' decision.

Results[edit | edit source]

Series 7
Special Events
Featherweight Championship, Round 1
Round 1 vs. Cygnus X3, G2, Kitty, Mini-Maul, Prince of Awe, Rip Eliminated

Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Main Series Alpha Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Featherweight Championship, Round 1
Featherweight Championship with G2
Withdrew before qualifiers with Merlin
Series 8 Entered with Apollo
Entered Pilot with Merlin
Series 9 Entered with Apollo
Series 10 Entered with Apollo
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Gladiator, Flybot, Chroma and Hades

NOTE: Monte, a robot built by Team MAD, was also loaned to Paul Streeter in order to enter the 2016 pilot

Outside Robot Wars[edit | edit source]

Alpha MX

Alpha MX in 2014

After Robot Wars entered its 12-year hiatus, Alpha was rebuilt into Alpha MX, featuring design improvements enabling it to withstand featherweight spinners in full-combat events. A second version was subsequently built, although the original version also remainde competitive, having fought in over 200 battles.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Alpha's cameo appearance in Series 10

  • Alpha made a cameo appearance in Heat 1 of Series 10, in a photograph showing Dave and Alan Young around the time of 2004.
  • Alpha's only televised battle saw it fight up against G2, another robot from Team BlazerBotics.
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