- "High traction, flywheel weaponry, but flammable plywood and plastic?"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Fatal Traction's strengths and weaknesses
Fatal Traction was a competitor robot that fought exclusively in the New Blood Championship, which formed part of the second series of Robot Wars Extreme. It reached the second round of its New Blood heat, before losing to heat-winner and previous main series competitor Cedric Slammer.
Fatal Traction was a white and red box-shaped robot with six-wheel drive, a roll cage and armed with two bludgeoning flywheels located at either end of the robot. It was built over fifteen months and had excellent traction due to its drive motors and solid rubber wheels. However, Fatal Traction's plywood and plastic armour made the machine flammable and fragile, as proven by Cedric Slammer.
The robot's name was a pun on the 1977 film Fatal Attraction, and also alluded to its strong traction along the arena floor provided by its six-wheel drive. Fatal Traction was decorated with a stuffed bunny in a cookware pot, as a reference to a famous scene from the film.
Fatal Traction made a sluggish start and was immediately set upon by Piranha, being pushed around the top portion of the arena and attacked with its blade several times. While Doctor Fist was having steering problems, Piranha continued to shove Fatal Traction around the arena and attack it, with Fatal Traction unable to score any offensive attacks of its own. Fatal Traction finally began to attack Piranha by pushing back and using its flywheel but did little damage before opening the pit. As Doctor Fist continued to experience drive problems, merely spinning around in circles, Fatal Traction and Piranha continued to push one another around the arena. The two robots continued to attack each other while Mr. Psycho and Matilda attacked Doctor Fist, with Refbot pushing it onto the flame pit and Matilda using the flywheel to deal the final blow. With Doctor Fist counted out, both Fatal Traction and Piranha went through to Round 2.
In the second round, Fatal Traction was drawn against Cedric Slammer.
The spinning disc robot attacked straight away, almost immediately tearing off a side panel and exposing three of Fatal Traction's wheels. Cedric Slammer continued to focus on the exposed wheels of Fatal Traction, quickly causing visible damage to one of them and severely hindering Fatal Traction's movement. Repeated attacks from Cedric Slammer left Fatal Traction almost completely immobile towards the bottom of the arena, and the other side panel was soon ripped away as well as damage to one of the roll hoops. After Fatal Traction was immobilised and pushed into a CPZ, Sir Killalot picked it up and dropped it in the middle of the arena, losing his breastplate in the process. Growler also intervened and pushed Fatal Traction further around the arena before Refbot counted it out, but not before some final attacks from the disc of Cedric Slammer. Following the count out, Fatal Traction was placed on the Drop Zone by both Sir Killalot and Growler, where a stack of tyres was dropped on both it and Cedric Slammer. Growler then manoeuvred Fatal Traction onto the floor flipper, which threw it across the whole arena, before being pushed by the House Robot onto the flame pit. After one final flight courtesy of the floor flipper, cease was called.
|FATAL TRACTION - RESULTS|
|New Blood Championship|
Heats, Round 2
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. Doctor Fist, Piranha||Qualified|
|Heat D, Round 2||vs. Cedric Slammer||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 1
|Main Series||Fatal Traction 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||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||New Blood Championship, Round 2|
- Of all the New Blood Competitors, Fatal Traction was the only team to not make any other appearances or be known to have attended the qualifiers for another series.