Lateral Thought was a competitor robot that appeared in Series 2 of Robot Wars. It competed exclusively in the Reserve Rumble, broadcast as part of the Grudge Matches special, but lost after being immobilised by the House Robots.
The robot was entered by students from the University of Glamorgan.
Lateral Thought was an invertible, six-wheeled robot armed with a set of spikes. It was box-shaped, and had a ground clearance on all sides, for ease of running the Gauntlet. However, it was extremely light at 56.2kg, only 2.2kg above the weight limit for the middleweight category.
Lateral Thought attended the Series 2 auditions with a white colour-scheme, and although it did not qualify for the main series directly, it was selected as a reserve.
After not being selected to compete in the main competition, Lateral Thought appeared in the Reserve Rumble, which was broadcast as part of the Grudge Matches special. There, it fought against Malice, Bumblebot, Forklift and the walkerbot Jim Struts.
Lateral Thought drove back and forth in the opening seconds, but soon found itself in the PPZ, where it had its top panel axed by Shunt and was caught under Dead Metal's pincers as it tried to escape. Both House Robots continued attacking Lateral Thought as it sat immobile, with Shunt axing and shoving it into the pit. This eliminated Lateral Though early on from the Reserve Rumble, which was eventually won by Jim Struts.
|LATERAL THOUGHT - RESULTS|
|Reserve Rumble||vs. Malice, Bumblebot, Forklift, Jim Struts||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Lateral Thought Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Reserve Rumble|
|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|