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"Due to the low resources we had, our original idea had been to produce a weaponless robot and rely on ramming and pushing tactics, though later it became obvious that this would not be enough to compete against the innovative weaponry of some of the major competitors robots and equally the powerful House Robots, and we soon recognised that, despite our initial plans, Eco-Warrior was going to have to be subject to some major additions in the weaponry department ..."
— The Eco Warrior team on designing their robot

Eco Warrior was a robot which attempted to enter Series 4 of Robot Wars. However, it failed to qualify for that series after losing power to its axe weapon during its qualifier battle.

Eco Warrior's team later joined forces with John Findlay of Team Roaming Robots to build T-Bone, which fought in Series 5. The team had met John Findlay at the Series 4 qualifiers, where his robot Banana-R Armour had also failed to qualify.

DesignEdit

Eco Warrior was a green, four-wheeled wedge-shaped robot armed with a spiked axe and had two static bladed axe heads on the back. The robot appeared to use a car steering system, unusual among competitors of its era. One of the original concepts for Eco Warrior featured a front-hinged flipping arm, but the team chose to arm Eco Warrior with an axe instead to improve its potential competitiveness - they had originally planned to enter it as a weaponless robot.

QualificationEdit

Work on Eco Warrior was started in August 1998 and the robot was originally intended to enter Series 3, but the team soon realised they would not be able to complete the robot in time, so decided to aim for Series 4 instead.

At the Series 4 qualifiers, Eco Warrior started well, getting two good hits on its opponent with its axe. However, the compressed air reservoirs began to leak, and the axe lost all power as a result. With no weapon, Eco Warrior was rammed into the arena side wall and set upon by the House Robots, ultimately losing its qualifier. With this, it failed to qualify for the Fourth Wars. It is currently unknown which robot Eco Warrior fought in the qualifiers.

"However, on the day of the Robot Wars Elimination bouts we were not too "crestfallen", since we had had one of the most exciting, entertaining and exhilarating days ever, and because we had learnt so much from the other robot designs, we immediately began to discuss what innovative features we could incorporate into Eco-Warrior's successor."
— Team Eco Warrior on the Series 4 qualifiers

Series RecordEdit

  • An early concept for Eco Warrior, armed with a flipper
  • Eco Warrior during construction
  • Eco Warrior without its armour
  • Eco Warrior (Right) with Banana-R Armour (Left), after the Series 4 qualifiers
  • Eco Warrior as Wedgey (top right), at a live event
  • Eco Warrior as Wedgy under ownership from Team Roaming Robots
Series Eco Warrior Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
The Fifth Wars Entered with T-Bone
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

Outside Robot WarsEdit

After failing to qualify, Eco Warrior was painted yellow, renamed Wedgey, had its axe removed and became a pay to drive robot at Roaming Robots events in 2003.

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