For the unrelated Dutch robot from Series 7 and both series of Dutch Robot Wars, see Hammerhead (Dutch).
"Could this be a Hammerhead shark?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Hammerhead was a competitor robot from Series 3 of Robot Wars, which lost its only ever battle in the first round against future success Pussycat.



The interchangeable axe/hammer of Hammerhead

Hammerhead was a rounded four-wheel driven box-shaped robot, designed to look like a racing car. It was made of 3mm alloy with steel bracing, with a scoop on the front and a small hard hat (the driver's helmet) on top which housed an interchangeable axe or hammer weapon powered by a car starter motor. Hammerhead's weapon was fairly powerful for its time, notably penetrating the arena floor in battle, although the robot itself was far less reliable and became immobile with little explanation.

Hammerhead had an above-average build cost for 1999 standards, costing approximately £1400 to complete.

The TeamEdit

Hammerhead was built by a team from Barnstaple in North Devon, one of two Devon-based teams in Series 3 alongside the Shrapnel team. Hammerhead's team captain was Paul Brend, and he was joined by his family member Mike Brend.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit

Hammerhead competed in Heat M of the Third Wars, where it was drawn up against future Grand Finalist Pussycat in the first round.

Pussycat vs hammerhead

Hammerhead gets its axe stuck in the arena floor as Pussycat continues to attack

Pussycat vs hammerhead

Pussycat pits Hammerhead

Both robots started tentatively with Pussycat attempting to use its saw. Hammerhead was moving very slowly and missed a few times with its axe/hammer, which it then got stuck in the wooden arena floor and struggled to forcibly retract. Although it had demonstrated reasonable weaponry potential, Hammerhead seemed to break down and Pussycat slowly pushed it towards the pit and then into it. Hammerhead was eliminated from the competition as a result.


Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championships
Heat, Round 1
Heat M, Round 1 vs. Pussycat Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit


Hammerhead with its team in the pits

Series Hammerhead Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Heat, Round 1
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


  • Orac's Revenge, another Series 3 competitor, originally failed to qualify for Series 3 under the name Hammerhead, but managed to qualify after changing its name.
  • Hammerhead was the first robot to lose against future runner-up Pussycat, a robot that would eventually amass 34 wins in total.
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