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This article is about the Dutch competitor. For other uses, see Cyclone (disambiguation).

Cyclone was a heavyweight robot which took part in Dutch Robot Wars: Series 2. It reached the second round after beating Amok, before it was eliminated by eventual Grand Finalist Scrap-2-Saur.

Design[]

"The kinetic energy, which is stored in the 25 kg ring of the robot, is a factor of 4 greater than that of Hypno-Disc."
— The Cyclone website boasts of the weaponry's power (translated from Dutch)[1]

The top of the robot

Cyclone was a tall, invertible robot that was circular in shape. Its weapon was a spinning outer rim, described on its statistics board as 'spinning hammers'. The weapon weighted 25kg in total and was powered by a 4.5HP chainsaw motor which according to the team, could spin the outer rim at 500rpm.[2]

However, the weaponry failed to work in either of Cyclone's battles, so the robot was forced to function as a ramming robot. It was armoured in polycarbonate, and was one of the only robots in the series to be driven on tracks.

The Team[]

Cyclone was entered by a Dutch team, named Team Simon Says, after the famous playground game, the intention being to inspire other people to build robots just like Team Simon Says. On the show, the team was captained by Bart Janssen, who was accompanied by Frank van Heesch and Ronald Vogels, though they credit three other team members on their website, who were not present at filming - Heico Sandee, Christian Werner and Mark Nievelstein[3]. Cyclone was sponsored by the Eindhoven University of Technology and W.S.V. Simon Stevin.

Robot History[]

Dutch Series 2[]

In the first round of Heat D, Cyclone was drawn against Amok.

Cyclone pushes an immobile Amok into the CPZ

Cyclone appeared to have problems getting its weaponry working, however this turned out not to be a problem, since it spent the battle pushing Amok around the arena, leading to attacks from Dead Metal and Matilda. Amok became immobilised and Cyclone and Matilda teamed up to push it into the pit.

Cyclone advanced to the Heat semi-final, where it faced the flipper of Scrap-2-Saur.

Cyclone is flipped onto its side

Cyclone once again failed to get the spinner working, and was chased and flipped into the CPZ of Sgt. Bash. The house robot couldn't get its pincers to grip Cyclone, since the competitor was too big. As Cyclone escaped, Scrap-2-Saur came in with another flip. Eventually, a well-positioned flip by Scrap-2-Saur lifted Cyclone onto its side, where it was stranded and beaten. Scrap-2-Saur finished Cyclone off in the pit of oblivion.

Results[]

CYCLONE - RESULTS
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Heat Semi-Final
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Amok Won
Heat D, Semi-Final vs. Scrap-2-Saur Lost

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[]

Initial CAD of Cyclone

Dutch Series Cyclone Series Record
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Heat, Round 2

Trivia[]

  • Cyclone shares a parallel with Bloody Murder Weapon, as both robots reached the second round of their heat in Dutch Robot Wars due to their first opponent breaking down immediately, despite their own spinning weapons failing to work in either of their battles.

References[]

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