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Not to be confused with UK competitor, Brutus Maximus

Brutus is a heavyweight robot from Belgium which attempted to enter Series 8 of Robot Wars, but was not selected to compete. It was built by Team Rubbish, and would later become Cobra, which competed in Series 9 and 10.


Brutus before being painted

Brutus was an invertible, four-wheel drive robot armed with a small wedge which could work either way up. It was armoured in HARDOX, and relied on its brute strength and pushing power as its main offensive capabilities. Brutus cost £1,500 to build, and was planned to be fitted with a hydraulic clamp/cutter for its potential entry into Series 8. However, this weapon was not built until the creation of Cobra, as Brutus was not selected to compete in Series 8.

The Team[]

Main article: Team Rubbish

Brutus was built by Team Rubbish, comprised of fish salesman and lead builder Marco van Hek, and the robot's driver and co-builder, Stefan Vanthoor. The Belgian team had previously competed on Robot Wars with Pika, and later entered with Cobra.


Team Rubbish submitted an online application for Brutus to compete in Series 8, with promise of an active weapon being added to the otherwise complete machine. However, Brutus was not selected to compete in the series. This prompted the team to create a CAD of its successor Cobra for future series.

Series Record[]

UK Series[]

Series Brutus 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 Failed to qualify with Caesar
Series 8 Not selected
Series 9 Entered with Cobra
Series 10 World Series with Cobra

Dutch Series[]

Dutch Series Brutus Series Record
Series 1 Entered with Pika 2
Series 2 Entered with Pika 3

Outside Robot Wars[]

Brutus entered the Bronebots 2016 competition in Moscow, together with Beast, Ripper, Dozer, Stinger, Bullfrog and Kan-Opener H-spec.

Brutus in October 2018

Brutus in 2019

Although the design of Brutus was succeeded by Cobra for television, the weaponless Brutus fought at the Extreme Robots event in Maidstone, in October 2018. There, it was immobilised by Aftershock in just a few seconds, and also lost to Ripper. However it was more successful in 2019, collecting another win over Sabretooth for the team.

Team Rubbish revealed in December 2021 that work had started on a new version of Brutus for a prospective 2022 live events debut. Along with individual drive motors and gearboxes for each wheel (likely similar to those used by Cobra), this incarnation is confirmed to feature new lithium polymer batteries and a fast-acting crushing/lifting weapon.[1]

The team also started building a middleweight version of Brutus named Brutus Jr, planned to be 55kg in weight while reusing Bosch GPA 750W motors from Pika 3. For more information on the team's excursions outside of Brutus, see Team Rubbish.

Robot Wars Live Events[]

Brutus in 2015

Brutus fought at a small handful of Robot Wars live events, though it did not appear as frequently as other robots, due to the team being situated in Belgium. Despite this, Brutus appeared at the Robot Wars World Championship 2015 at Colchester. In the first round, Brutus fought Ka-Pow! and Beast. Brutus survived until the end of the match, where it qualified for Round 2 alongside Beast on a Judges' decision. However, Brutus was quickly thrown out of the arena by eventual champion Toxic 2 in the second round. Brutus also fought in a separate Annihilator competition at the event where it reached the second round losing after breaking down 13 seconds into the battle, despite being the last robot left standing in the first round.



  • Brutus is one of the few robots to adopt a new identity for the sake of entering Robot Wars (Cobra), and then return to its original identity (Brutus) after the show was cancelled.