"The robot with global appeal, Atlas!"
Jonathan Pearce

Atlas was a robot that participated in Series 3 of Robot Wars, but lost in the first round to Challenger 2. The team entered Thud in Series 2, originally in the heavyweight event, but the team missed their qualifier, fighting instead in the super heavyweight category and losing to Siren.


"2 wheelchair motors provide the power, a spike and cutting disc, the weaponry, 2mm steel, the shell."
— Jonathan Pearce on Atlas' armament

Atlas in the arena

Atlas was built at a cost of £400, and was armed in 2mm steel armour with a "West Country finish", a spike and cutting disc, complete with an 'expendable' animatronic mascot which played sound effects. The wheels came from a tractor, a lawnmower and a golf trolley. Atlas was reasonably heavy for its time, and used a spike and a 12" cutting disc for weaponry, as well as a plate wedge, but this did not run flush to the ground, and the robot proved unreliable.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit

Challenger II vs Atlas

Atlas uses its saw

Challenger 2 pushes Atlas

Atlas shoved by Challenger 2

Atlas was against Challenger 2 in Round 1. Atlas sped out and rammed Challenger 2, but to little effect. Atlas turned to use its saw blade, but it caused little damage to Challenger's armour. Atlas pushed Challenger back, then was pushed back itself into a Side Grinder. Challenger backed away, and then rammed Atlas again. Neither of the two robots' weapons were effective, but Challenger kept up its attack. Sgt. Bash torched Atlas from his CPZ, before Atlas was rammed by Challenger again. These attacks rendered Atlas immobile, so the House Robots closed in.

"Let's turn the pages of the Atlas, shall we? What country is that going to come down in?"
— One of Jonathan Pearce's puns, relating to Sir Killalot lifting Atlas up with its lance.
Shunt vs Atlas

Shunt takes the head off Atlas' mascot

Sir Killalot used his lance to crunch through the bodywork of Atlas, levering it up at the same time. Sir Killalot held it over the Flame Pit, in an attempt to melt the toy mech on the top of the robot. Instead, Shunt hacked its head off, and then smashed it down onto the flames below. Atlas was then dropped on the flames, but Shunt pushed it off after a while. Smoking, Shunt battered it with his axe until cease was called. Atlas was beaten, and eliminated from the competition.


Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat L, Round 1 vs. Challenger 2 Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

  • Team Thud with Atlas
  • The CAD for "Project ATLAS" which would later be the design basis for Atlas
  • Atlas' mascot
Series Atlas Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Super Heavyweight Championship with Thud
The Third Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
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