Heat C of Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1 was the third of five heats which determined the Grand Finalists of Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1. This was the third televised heat of the Dutch Battles, and was broadcast by BNN on Nederland 2 on January 14, 2002.

Competing Robots[edit | edit source]

Weight 98kg
Dimensions 1.28 x 0.97 x 0.40m
Power 2 x 24V electric motors
Weapons Rotating disc
Strengths Mobility
Weaknesses Speed
Team Members: Leyton Rowley & Steve Kestle
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 1.22 x 0.82 x 0.44m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Rotating hammer & flipper
Strengths Heavy weapon
Weaknesses Vulnerable tyres
Team Members: Niels de Carpenter, Richard van den Berg & Joris Favie
Maximum Torque
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 1.00 x 0.62 x 0.45m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Electric axe
Strengths Compact design
Weaknesses Vulnerable tyres
Team Members: Ekdor Polman, Charl Classen & Jan Harmen Wesselink
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.80 x 0.83 x 0.62m
Power Wheelchair motors
Weapons Rotating flywheel
Strengths Powerful weapon
Weaknesses Reliability control
Team Members: Job van de Kieft, Oscar Nieuwland & Rutsch van Nooroenburg
Pika 2
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.93 x 0.97 x 0.77m
Power 2 x wheelchair motors
Weapons Rotating flywheel & spikes
Strengths Armament
Weaknesses Vulnerable tyres
Team Members: Marco van Hek, Tim van Hek & Joeri Ramakers
Weight 88kg
Dimensions 1.00 x 1.34 x 0.44m
Power 2 x wheelchair motors
Weapons Scoop
Strengths High lift capacity
Weaknesses Armour
Team Members: Jeroen van Lieverloo, Jaap van Donzel & Andreis Langolis van den Bergh

Round 1[edit | edit source]

Botwork vs Maximum Torque[edit | edit source]

Maximum Torque gets underneath Botwork

Botwork tears the side of Maximum Torque as Matilda damages the other

Maximum Torque, on the edge of defeat

Maximum Torque made the first move, cautiously approaching Botwork, which was stood still with its disc facing away from Botwork. Botwork turned when its had its disc spinning fast enough, hitting the side of Maximum Torque. Maximum Torque drove around to the side of Botwork and pushed, and Botwork tried turning away, Maximum Torque got underneath Botwork and pushed it across the arena, into an angle grinder. Maximum Torque reversed, allowing Botwork to get away from the angle grinder, and Maximum Torque drove straight at Botwork, but as it did so, it drove straight into the disc, which ripped loose one of Botwork's front panels. Maximum Torque span around, before charging at the front of Botwork. It briefly got under the front, but Botwork clipped the side with its disc, and Maximum Torque turned out from under Botwork. Maximum Torque span around, and Botwork hit the side, ripping off chips from the side. Botwork drove around its opponent, hitting it with its disc, and though Maximum Torque did manage to push back a little, Botwork hit the front and ripped off the loose panel. Maximum Torque tried getting under the side of Botwork, but couldn't, and Botwork cotinued to grind against it with its disc. Maximum Torque drove up the arena and span, and Botwork slowly drove after it, but it drove straight onto Maximum Torque's wedge, allowing its opponent to push it against an angle grinder. Maximum Torque reversed, releasing Botwork, and as Maximum Torque span, Botwork reversed across the arena. Maximum Torque followed it as Botwork drove into Matilda's CPZ, but this proved to be a mistake as it drove straight into her flywheel, which hit the side, flipping the robot up and ripping loose one of the side bars. This left Maximum Torque immobile, and as Botwork ground against it with its disc, Refbot counted it out. Botwork left its immobile opponent, and as Refbot finished its count, Sgt. Bash grabbed it and with the help of Matilda, pushed it to the floor flipper, and after it was thrown, Matilda pushed Maximum Torque into the pit.

"Maximum Torque is maximum dead!"
Eric Corton summing up the result of the battle

Winner: Botwork

Hammerhead vs Pika 2[edit | edit source]

Hammerhead swings its spinner into the wheel of Pika 2

Hammerhead, beached on Pika 2

The two robots came together, Hammerhead's hammer causing minor damage to the front of Pika 2. The two robots pushed against each other, Hammerhead securing blows on the wheels of Pika 2, damaging its mobility. However, Hammerhead got itself stuck on Pika 2, unable to move as its wheels were off the ground. Nevertheless, Refbot counted out the stricken Pika 2, and the House Robots closed in, Matilda throwing Pika 2 clean over with her flywheel, and obliterating a wheel. After being flipped by the flipper, Pika 2 landed the right way up, but it had long been immobilised - as had Hammerhead in the background, but it was nevertheless victorious.

Winner: Hammerhead

X-Bot vs Meshuggah[edit | edit source]

X-Bot wedges under Meshuggah

Meshuggah being attacked by Dead Metal

As Meshuggah's spinning disc was not working correctly, the team left the safety pin in the disc in order to stop it from moving completely. X-Bot always turned to face Meshuggah, and briefly drove underneath it, but Meshuggah easily escaped. Meshuggah then drove into the side of X-Bot, and pushed it towards the closed pit, but this seemingly led to Meshuggah's breakdown, as it suddenly stopped moving. X-Bot kept its distance while Refbot counted Meshuggah out, and the House Robots placed Meshuggah on the floor flipper. Meshuggah was thrown across the arena, landing on its disc. Meshuggah was then held Dead Metal, which threw sparks while cutting into Meshuggah, before Dead Metal finally dropped the beaten machine into the pit.

"3...2...1...Flyyyyy like an eagle! Yeehaw!"
— Eric Corton, as Meshuggah flies on the floor flipper

Winner: X-Bot

Losers' Melee[edit | edit source]

Maximum Torque vs Pika 2 vs Meshuggah[edit | edit source]

Pika 2 drives under Maximum Torque

Prior to the fight, Meshuggah was forced to retire due to technical issues, the second time in two Heats a robot had been forced out of the Loser's Melee after a failure prior to the battle. Pika 2 and Maximum Torque took to the arena and charged at each other straight away. Pika 2 got in underneath Maximum Torque, and did most of the early pushing. During one charge, Pika 2's disc shredded some of the underside of Maximum Torque, who retaliated with some ineffective axe blows. Maximum Torque then ran into Shunt's CPZ, but escaped unhurt. Pika 2 again attacked the underneath of Maximum Torque, who appeared to have lost drive on one side, and was left stuck by the pit, requiring just a small shove from Pika 2 to finish it off.

Winner: Pika 2

Semi-Finals[edit | edit source]

Hammerhead vs Botwork[edit | edit source]

Botwork takes out half of Hammerhead's drive with its first blow

Hammerhead in the pit

Both robots charged up their discs before charging at each other, Botwork slicing through the wheel of Hammerhead, who lay immobile, and was counted out by Refbot. Matilda attacked with the flywheel, taking two charges to cause damage to the shell of Hammerhead. Sgt. Bash pushed Hammerhead onto the flipper, where it was thrown into the clutches of Matilda, who pushed Hammerhead into the pit.

Winner: Botwork

X-Bot vs Pika 2[edit | edit source]

Pika 2 and X-Bot fighting near the pit

Pika 2 splits through X-Bot's lifter

Both robots met in the centre of the arena with a head-on collision, but after this, upheld a period where neither robot attacked each other. After X-Bot became stuck on Pika 2's wedge, the Belgian machine proved able to push X-Bot onto the flame pit, but then left it alone until both robots collided over the closed pit. In response, X-Bot pressed the pit release button, and then drove under Pika 2's left wheel, and turned the robot towards the pit, but Pika 2 narrowly escaped, and attempted to push the lingering X-Bot into the pit. In the most critical attack of the battle, Pika 2 was then able to drive under X-Bot's lifter, and used its spinner to completely split the joint holding X-Bot's lifter together, creating a large gap in the weaponry. Pika 2 pushed X-Bot onto the flame pit again, and X-Bot lightly rammed into Pika 2 one more time before time expired on the battle. Via the decision of the Jury, Pika 2 was awarded the victory.

Winner: Pika 2

Final[edit | edit source]

Botwork vs Pika 2[edit | edit source]

Botwork gives chase to Pika 2

Botwork buckles the side wheel of Pika 2

Pika 2 was the first robot to pounce, pushing the side of the less manoeuvrable Botwork, who responded by landing a large blow to the front of Pika 2, which seemed to temporarily reduce mobility on one side. Recovering, Pika 2 opened the pit, and attempted to attack the side of Botwork, but instead was ambushed by Botwork, who delivered another couple of blows, one of which punctured a tyre, leaving it stranded on the flame pit. Valiantly, Pika 2 kept on going until the end, but it was not difficult for the jury to decide a winner.

Heat Winner: Botwork

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