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This article is about the UK robot which competed in Series 7. For other uses, see Cobra (disambiguation).
"Watch for the spitting venom!"
Jonathan Pearce introducing Cobra

Cobra was a heavyweight robot which fought in the seventh series of Robot Wars, where it lost its only battle. It previously attempted to enter Series 5 and 6. The name Cobra is derived from the snake mascot riding the robot.

DesignEdit

Cobra

Overhead view of Cobra

Cobra was a flat, invertible machine driven by two wheels. It was armed in thick titanium, proving the robot with good defence. It featured a high-pressure pneumatic spike for weaponry, driven by a large ram, that was concealed by a plush serpent's head, but it was only capable of up to six attacks per battle. Its aluminium wheels were covered in golf shoe studs, similar to Wheely Big Cheese. Its less than potent weaponry was noted by many, including Jonathan Pearce and Jayne Middlemiss.

The TeamEdit

TeamCobra

Team Cobra

Cobra was entered into the Seventh Wars by a team based in Taunton, Somerset. The team was captained by Julian Brown, who was accompanied by teammate Kevin Stowe. Team Cobra wore black t-shirts brandishing the robot's logo in green.

Qualification Edit

Though not much is known, Cobra did attempt to qualify for Series 5 and 6[1] In Series 7, it successfully qualified by winning a battle against an unknown black robot decorated with skull and crossbones.[2]

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

"A limited range of offence and an inexperienced team, our snake charm offence will leave this beaten, I think"
— Jonathan Pearce on Cobra's chances

In Round 1 of the Seventh Wars, Cobra was drawn against Kronic the Wedgehog, Pinser and The Kraken.

Kronic Cobra

Cobra is rammed by Kronic the Wedgehog

Kraken Cobra

Cobra is scratched by The Kraken

Kronic the Wedgehog flipped Cobra over, then Cobra rammed Pinser before attacking The Kraken, rather unsuccessfully, appearing to have lost drive on one side almost immediately after it was turned over. It ran into the side wall and appeared to have immobilised itself by bashing against the angle grinders. The Kraken then came in and scraped Cobra's titanium shell with its crusher before Pinser took over from The Kraken and crunched into the aluminium wheel of Cobra, before driving over a spurt of flame and breaking down itself.

"Cobra, to be honest...has done very, very little throughout this entire bout."
Jonathan Pearce on Cobra's lack of mobility
Pinser and cobra

Cobra is trapped by Pinser

Pinser Cobra 1

Cobra is thrown from the floor flipper with Pinser

Refbot then counted out Pinser and Cobra together; both were then placed on the floor flipper, flipped, and placed beneath the Drop Zone, where a television was dropped on them. Therefore, Cobra was eliminated from the Seventh Wars in the first round, whilst Kronic the Wedgehog and The Kraken progressed through little input of their own.

"Pinser guys had to unbolt their beak to separate us at the end of the fight... they had a huge hydraulic ram (it looked 80mm diameter plus! Bigger than some of the pneumatics guys!). Cobra turned out to be a very good shape for them to grab!"
— Kevin Stowe

ResultsEdit

COBRA - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat J, Eliminator vs. Kronic the Wedgehog, Pinser, The Kraken Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

  • Cobra design layout
  • Cobra being created
  • Cobra's design during Series 5
  • Cobra being tested
  • Cobra without its lid at a live event
Series Cobra 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 Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

CobraTG

Cobra at Techno Games

Cobra also entered the third series of Techno Games, entering the Assault Course in 2002. Cobra lost in the first round to Hellbound, failing to complete the course after breaking down on one side right at the start, leaving it only able to spin in circles.

TriviaEdit

Cobra S7

Official Series 7 photo

  • Cobra is one of the few robots to use the same name on both Robot Wars and Techno Games, due to it appearing on Techno Games first.

External LinksEdit

References Edit

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20020528091205/http://www.cobra-robot.co.uk:80/
  2. Facebook post regarding Cobra's Series 7 qualifier
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