"M2 is our own design and build...made at home in the garage using basic skills..."
— Official M2 website[1]

M2 was a competitor robot which fought exclusively in Series 7 of Robot Wars. Armed with a powerful flipper, it was able to toss two robots out of the arena in quick succession during its very first televised battle, before defeating former UK Series runner-up Pussycat and the Extreme 2 University Challenge champion Tiberius 3 to reach the Semi-Finals. There, M2 performed strongly in its first-round fight against Atomic, but was eventually defeated after being thrown out of the arena.


M2 Arena Round 1

M2 in the arena for Round 1

M2 arena

Side view of M2. Note the rear hoop

M2 was a blue, half barrel-shaped robot with a front wedge, two-wheel drive and transparent polycarbonate top armour panels, armed with a powerful flipper. Its body was rounded and could allow the robot to roll onto its wheels if flipped - however, it was also capable of righting itself with the flipper if necessary. M2's flipper was capable of firing a flip every two seconds and throwing opponents out of the arena with ease. The robot also featured a small frame at the rear which was intended to prevent it from being stranded on its back, although this had a tendency to interfere with the robot's self-righting capability on occasions.


A scarred M2 before its Heat Final

M2 Semi 2

M2 with lasting damage in the semi-finals

M2 consistently proved to be aggressive, fast and agile, with a top speed of 20mph and the capacity to land numerous flips throughout the whole duration of its battles. However, its armour was particularly fragile against spinning and crushing weapons, and the robot had a high ground clearance from the sides and rear, which made it equally susceptible to getting flipped itself. The incarnation of M2 seen in Series 7 was in fact the second version of the machine, with an earlier version having previously attempted to enter Series 5 (see Qualification).


M2 logo 1

M2's logo

There is a common misconception behind the origin of M2's name. Craig Charles implied during Series 7 that M2 was named after the English motorway, stating as such in two post-battle interviews. In actuality, the name M2 references the robot's predecessor Mincer, which had attempted to qualify for Series 4. Although M2 does not necessarily stand for 'Mincer 2', as the team wished to distance themselves from the Mincer name, it is used to tie the two projects together.

"Our first robot was called Mincer as you know which was not a great choice of name because of different connotations to the meaning so quickly dropped. So its successor was simply called M2 and of course a very different machine."
— Paul Cooper[2]

The TeamEdit

Paul and Jackie Cooper

Paul and Jackie Cooper in the pits with Jayne Middlemiss

M2 was entered by a husband-and-wife couple from Hampshire, Paul and Jackie Cooper, who entered Series 7 as Team Technobots, having previously used the name Team Tristate prior to 2001. Team Technobots is named after the online store that the team own and operate, selling components for combat robots. Jackie Cooper was the captain of the team, making her one of the few female team captains in the original run of Robot Wars, giving her a prominent speaking role in interviews. Husband Paul Cooper was the builder of M2, and the robot's driver in all of its battles.



M2 as it appeared during the Series 5 qualifiers

M2 S5

Side view of M2, circa 2001

M2 was first built for Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars, after the team previously attempted to enter Series 4 with Mincer. This earlier version of M2 featured a shorter and narrower flipper with teeth lined at the bottom, which enabled the flipper to double as a clamping jaw. It also featured a 3,200rpm, 7kg cutting disc on its right-hand side and a pair of side self-righting arms which opened out whenever the flipper was fired. Despite winning its qualifier battle against Roobarb, this incarnation of M2 failed to qualify for Series 5.

As Team Technobots felt wronged by the decision that M2 would not participate in Series 5 despite winning its qualifier battle, the team chose not to enter Series 6 in response, a decision which the team later viewed as a mistake.

"Shame we didn't enter series 6 because of my principles as I feel we had a good chance of doing well."
— Paul Cooper[3]

The second version of M2 would then attempt to apply for the New Blood Championship in the second series of Robot Wars Extreme, but the team received no reply from Mentorn, and thus did not participate.

M2 vs King B Powerworks vs Pressure vs thUnderpants

M2 overturns King B Powerworks

M2 vs Pressure

M2 immobilises Pressure

M2 vs King B Powerworks

M2 with the two robots it had stranded

In its qualifier battle for Series 7, M2 fought King B Powerworks, Pressure and Thunderpants. M2 was briefly lifted by Pressure, but responded by launching it straight onto the top of Thunderpants, which became immobile at that moment. M2 rolled Pressure over, flipped it across the arena, and then overturned the beaten Thunderpants. While King B Powerworks pushed Pressure into the arena wall, M2 snuck up behind it and tossed it into the air, and flipped it a further three times in sequence. M2 used its wedge shape to charge under King B Powerworks, and then flipped Pressure onto Thunderpants, where it became stuck. M2 successfully threw King B Powerworks upwards twice, and although its next two flips missed, it then started a chain of five flips in a row on King B Powerworks. Pressure had finally re-entered the battle, but M2 overturned it, and left it on the arena side wall, immobilising it. King B Powerworks could only drive in circles, so M2 flipped it over twice, and then flipped King B Powerworks onto the arena wall, allowing M2 to safely back away. Although King B Powerworks freed itself, time expired on the battle, and the dominant M2 qualified for the Seventh Wars. King B Powerworks and Thunderpants would also qualify alongside it.

When Robot Wars returned for Series 8 in 2016, the team had no intention of entering the series with M2, despite still owning a fairly complete build of its successor, M2XT. The team briefly considered entering Series 8 with a brand-new robot of a completely different design, but felt restrained by time and did not apply for Series 8, 9 or 10.

"M2XT is still sat on the work bench gathering dust. We did consider a new robot with an entirely new type of weapon but it required significant development time and time is something we always seem to lack. Never say never though."
— Paul Cooper[4]

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

Jayne Middlemiss: "It's not a laugh out there. It's hard, it's strong, nobody's gonna give you any "oooh, it's his first wars, we’ll be nice!""
Paul Cooper: "No. The big difference is, we're up against spinners. We don't see those on the live events circuit... so we got Vader in this fight, and that'll be interesting."
— The interview before M2's first televised battle

M2 competed in Heat A, facing Tiberius 3, Shell Shock and Vader in its first-round battle.

M2 vs Vader

M2 throws Vader into the air

It immediately got underneath and launched Vader into the air, before driving away, bumping and flipping it a second time towards an angle grinder. M2 dodged Vader’s disc before getting underneath and throwing it onto the flame jet, which immobilised Vader. Seconds later, M2 flipped Shell Shock onto its side, leaving it stranded as it nudged Vader again to check for signs of mobility. It then proceeded to push Shell Shock around before flipping it towards – and over – the arena wall.

M2 and Shell Shock

M2 throws Shell Shock out of the arena...

"Don't forget Robot Wars fans... if the judges say it's been immobilised too-long-it's-out-and-that-certainly-is-now - Shell Shock gone! The first machine, in Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars, out... of... the... arena, and shell-shocked! And they've gone too, Vader, and the flipper rules supreme of M2!"
Jonathan Pearce as M2 flips Shell Shock and Vader out
Vader OotA

...before throwing Vader out seconds later

M2 followed this up seconds later by throwing Vader out of the arena as well, allowing it and Tiberius 3 through to the second round. However, its flipper sustained considerable damage from Vader during the course of the battle, which required urgent repairs in the pits beforehand.

Following the repairs, M2 faced the ninth seed, and former series runner-up, Pussycat.

M2 vs pussycat 4

M2 repeatedly throws Pussycat over

The two robots initially dodged each other, before Pussycat bumped into M2 and M2 repeatedly flipped Pussycat across the arena. M2 withstood more attacks from Pussycat’s blades, at one point knocking it over onto its back, as Pussycat tried to slice through and momentarily caught its side armour.

"M2... very good experience being gained here, and a good show by the newcomers."
— Jonathan Pearce, impressed by M2's aggression against Pussycat
Pussycat vs M2

M2 tries to throw Pussycat out of the arena

M2 sustained more scratches from Pussycat before ramming it head-on, briefly knocking Pussycat onto two wheels. It dodged the ninth seed and attempted another flip, but missed, allowing Pussycat's blades to catch its right-hand side as the two robots spun round. Eventually, M2 flipped Pussycat over once again as it drove up its flipper, and flipped it around the arena several more times. In doing so, the two robots manoeuvred close to the entry gates and Sgt. Bash's CPZ, where M2 steered and thrust Pussycat close to the wall. It then attempted to throw Pussycat over the central entry gate, but was unable to, and gave chase as Pussycat drove away.

"M2 on the surge! Refbot, get out of there!"
— Jonathan Pearce after M2 nearly flips Pussycat out of the arena
M2 vs pussycat 5

M2's final flip on Pussycat

Both robots bumped into each other before M2 lured Pussycat towards the centre of the arena, where it steered, pushed and flipped Pussycat into Refbot. This attack left Pussycat on its side, but M2 knocked Pussycat back upright before pushing it around and driving itself into an angle grinder. M2 made one last flip on Pussycat, which left it on its side again and unable to re-right itself until the last few seconds of the battle. At the same time, one of M2's speed controllers shorted out, leaving it immobile on one side, but both robots survived to a Judges' decision regardless. After much deliberation, the decision went in favour of M2, due to it having been more aggressive throughout the battle.

"The fight with Pussycat was very close, if I remember correctly the judges took some 15 minutes to decide. M2 was covered in gashes from PC which were inspected by one of the judges, but none penetrated the armour so I guess they took them to be superficial. During the last 10 seconds of the fight, just as it looked as though Pussycat was struggling to get back on its wheels, a wiring loom tie snapped in M2. This allowed the wiring to one of the motors to be drawn into the gears shorting out the speed controller thus losing drive to one side. The Robot survived this...fortunately for M2 the fight was just ending so it went almost unnoticed."
— Paul Cooper

In the Heat Final, M2 faced Tiberius 3 for the second time, to earn a place in the series semi-finals.

Tiberius III vs M2

M2's armour melts under Tiberius 3's crusher

M2 dodged Tiberius 3’s initial charge before ramming into its side, missing with its first flip. Both robots continued dodging and bumping each other until Tiberius 3 got underneath M2 and grabbed it, crushing through its front right-hand panel in the process.

"...and Tiberius 3 has got to grips with M2! Oh, look at that! It's almost as if it's melting it away. That is vicious!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tiberius 3 pierces M2's front right-hand panel
Tiberius and M2

M2 and Tiberius 3 remain locked together

With Tiberius 3's crusher embedded in its armour, M2 was dragged and pushed around the arena by the former, and eventually steered into the pit release button. As the two robots circled round, M2 flicked the button off the wall, and used its left-hand wheel to steer itself and Tiberius 3 into an empty CPZ.

"Tiberius wouldn't let go and every time we were dragged towards the pit, we had sufficient traction on one side to take us back to the CPZ."
— Paul Cooper

M2 is bitten by Growler and Tiberius 3

M2 partially slipped free as Growler pushed it and Tiberius 3 against the wall, but was dragged back by Growler, sustaining more damage from his jaws. Growler backed away as Tiberius 3 struggled to let go of M2, while M2 fired its flipper and attempted to drive forwards as Sir Killalot blocked and forced both competitors against the wall. After a brief hesitation, Tiberius 3 finally let go, and M2 darted out of the CPZ to escape.

"Is M2 still mobile? The Refbot might have to come in here and have a – yes it is, oh! Definitely so, and away!"
— Jonathan Pearce as M2 breaks free from Tiberius 3's grasp
M2 vs Tiberius III

M2 suddenly throws Tiberius 3 over

M2 drove towards the far end of the arena, where it kept steering to the right as a result of a punctured tyre. Nevertheless, it dodged Tiberius 3 and – in a sudden turn of fortunes - flipped it over onto its side near an angle grinder.

"...OH AND M2 HAS FLIPPED IT! That is unbelievable! M2... down and out, surely, we thought, and they have flipped Tiberius 3 - and again!"
— Jonathan Pearce as M2 turns Tiberius 3 - and the Heat Final - on its head
M2 pits Tiberius 3

M2 flips Tiberius 3 into the pit, in a dramatic comeback

M2 then threw Tiberius 3 against the wall and attempted to flip it out of the arena, re-righting Tiberius 3 in the process. Seconds later, it flipped Tiberius 3 over close to the pit, then into it, securing its place in the Series Semi-Finals.

"Talk about coming back from the dead!"
Craig Charles in the post-battle interview

The first round of the semi-finals saw M2 face seasoned Robot Wars competitor – and fellow first-time Semi-Finalist - Atomic.

Atomic M2

Atomic throws M2 over early on

After dodging Atomic's initial charge, M2 drove straight up the latter's flipper and was thrown onto its back. M2 tried to self-right before Atomic flipped it back onto its wheels, and darted across the arena in an attempt to avoid Atomic, at one point driving over the Flame Pit.

"Well, M2 look, dodging... and they are playing cat and mouse. Come on, chase us, chase us!"
— Jonathan Pearce as M2 avoids Atomic
Atomic vs M2

M2 is overturned by Atomic again

After briefly bumping into Atomic again, M2 was rolled completely over by Atomic's third flip, and retaliated by charging at Atomic for a flip, but missed. It was then rolled over again after driving over Atomic's flipper and being thrust into the air a third time, the flip momentarily causing Atomic to tip itself forward. M2 weaved and dodged Atomic a few more times, spinning round in an attempt to prevent it from getting underneath, before the two robots briefly locked their flippers together as M2 tried to get underneath Atomic from the front. Atomic immediately flipped M2 over again, forcing it to self-right, before bumping and pushing it around the arena, at one point nearly tipping M2 over.

"This is... very tactical stuff out there, and very tight and tense."
— Jonathan Pearce as Atomic flips and pushes M2 around
M2 Flips Atomic

M2 hurls Atomic towards the arena wall

The two robots turned round and rammed each other head-on, allowing M2 to get underneath Atomic and throw it back twice into an empty CPZ. The second flip almost resulted in Atomic being launched over the wall, but M2 tipped Atomic onto its side against it instead.

"M2 flips Atomic! That's closer! That's more dangerous! That's CPZ territory, Corner Patrol Zone territory, and Sgt. Bash was waiting to come in."
— Jonathan Pearce as M2 throws Atomic into the CPZ
Sgt Bash vs M2

M2's self-righting is hindered by Sgt. Bash

As Atomic self-righted, M2 thrust it into Sgt. Bash, only to briefly pin itself against the wall in the process. M2 reversed and drove behind Sgt. Bash to escape, bumping into an angle grinder as it did so. More circling and dodging ensued, with M2 noticeably hobbling across the arena as Atomic threw it onto its back again and pushed it back into the CPZ. M2 tried to self-right, but the pincers of Sgt. Bash stood in its way, forcing M2 to self-right on a second attempt, but was soon flipped onto an angle grinder by Atomic and rolled over as it landed on the grinder while trying to self-right.

"They are rattled, aren't they, M2? And Atomic are closing in - and Atomic now for me are on top!"
— Jonathan Pearce as M2 is flipped onto an angle grinder and tries to self-right

Atomic finally flips M2 out of the arena

M2 spun on its rear frame as it attempted to self-right a second time, before successfully throwing itself back upright on the third. It backed into Atomic as it attempted to evade further attacks, but was thrown onto its back again, and struggled to self-right as Atomic flipped it against another angle grinder. After a desperate attempt to self-right again, M2 was flipped onto the grinder with its flipper wedged open, before Atomic finally thrust it out of the arena after using its own flipper to stop it falling back onto the floor.

"M2 perilous, Atomic has them in there. Oh, they [Atomic] need to get their blade down. There – and now flip, that's it, M2 gone!"
— Jonathan Pearce as M2 is thrown out of the arena

As a result, M2 was eliminated from the Seventh Wars, in what proved to be its only appearance on Robot Wars.

"It's named after a motorway, and M2 hits the road!"
— Craig Charles announces M2's elimination


Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Shell Shock, Tiberius 3, Vader Qualified
Heat A, Round 2 vs. Pussycat (9) Won
Heat A, Final vs. Tiberius 3 Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Atomic Lost


  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

M2 & TKM2

Series 7's M2 with TKM2

Main Series M2 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 with Mincer
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Semi-Final, Round 1
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 Not selected

Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • M2 during construction
  • M2 in 2001
  • M2 overturned alongside Dantomkia 1.0
  • The chassis of the rebuilt M2 during construction
  • M2 is thrown through the air by Wheely Big Cheese
  • M2 is pushed by Tornado in 2001
  • M2's design in 2002
  • M2 flipping Chaos 2 at a live event in 2002
  • M2 flips Killer Carrot 2 in 2002
  • Mousecatcher at Techno Games 2003
  • Mousecatcher in its Assault Course run
  • Team M2 at a Robot Crusade event in 2003
  • M2 with TKM2 on its flipper
  • The chassis of the original M2 on a scrap pile
  • M2XT in a testing arena

Prior to its appearance on Robot Wars, M2 competed in several inter-school and live events held in between Series 5 and 7, such as the Dutch Robot Games and the Debenham Robot Rumbles. At these events, it fought several established Robot Wars competitors such as Onslaught, Wheely Big Cheese, Chaos 2 and Tornado, with varying degrees of success. During this time, the original M2 was stripped down to provide parts for the eventual Series 7 version, with its chassis being reused as a garden plant trainer after the team initially planned to dispose of it.

"This is Mousecatcher, a really nimble machine, easily capable of 18mph, despite the surprising bulk of 97kg! Now it's powered by 24v through 24v motors, and another good thing for Assault Course, is it's really slim, it's gonna worm its way through pretty easily! But the point I really want to make is outside of Techno Games. The team has practised, practised, practised their driving, and that is so important! I really hope it pays off for them!"
Simon Scott before Mousecatcher's Assault Course run in Techno Games
Mousecatcher Simon Scott

Mousecatcher with Simon Scott on Techno Games 2003

M2 also competed in the Assault Course event at the 2003 Techno Games as Mousecatcher, coloured translucent red and equipped with two front handles to enable it to control the ball as part of the course. Mousecatcher was faced Mighty Mouse in the first round, but ironically Mousecatcher could not defeat the mouse. Although Mousecatcher started well, scoring a goal within sixteen seconds, Mighty Mouse finished the course in just over twenty seconds, setting a new world record once its Ramp Bonus had been deducted. Mousecatcher reached the near-end of the course within twenty-five seconds, but became beached on loose tyres and had no need to finish the course, as Mousecatcher had been eliminated. Team Technobots also entered the Mechanoids event with Mechanoid.

"And in the end, sorry to say, but Mousecatcher was tired out!"
— Barry Davies


After the original series of Robot Wars ended, the Series 7 version of M2 was scrapped and Paul Cooper built a successor, M2XT. The robot used a new chassis and a more powerful flipper, featuring a pneumatic mechanism similar to that used by Gravity. However, after various tests with the near-completed robot proved unsuccessful, the team lost interest in robot combat events before finishing the project, and ultimately did not enter M2XT into any live events. M2XT still exists to this day[5], but is not scheduled to make any public appearances.

M2 & TKM2 side

TKM2 (below) with the Series 7 version of M2

"The last machine we built was M2XT that never competed as the flipper was rather self-destructive and we hadn't sorted a way to tame it. It was very nose heavy so didn't drive well so the drive wheels were moved forwards but never went back in the arena to try out. I recall one self-righting test with the flipper was running at 20 bar (can run at 50 bar), it flipped itself into the arena roof trusses and came crashing down and blew the speed controller."
— Paul Cooper[6]
Flatpack M2

Flatpack (right)

Team Technobots also built a featherweight version of M2, called TKM2, a scaled-down replica with a working flipper, for the team's young children to control, and competed at a number of events. Team Technobots also built an eight-wheel driven featherweight robot named Flatpack, armed with a lifter.


M2 S7

Official Series 7 photo

  • M2 was the third robot to throw two robots out of the arena in a single battle, after Thermidor 2 and Firestorm 4.
    • It was also the first robot to do so in the main competition.
  • M2 is also one of four robots to have thrown an opponent out of the arena in its first ever battle. The others are Combat Ant, Raging Reality and Eruption.
  • M2 was one of the very few robots in the original series to have a female team captain.
  • M2, alongside Obsidian, is one of only two robots known to have applied for Extreme 2, but not be selected to compete.
  • At the time of Series 7, M2's team were known as Team Technobots. At the time of Series 4, they used a different name, Team Tristate.
  • Both M2 and Mincer failed to qualify for series where the robots won their only qualifier battle, in Series 5 and 4 respectively.
    • As M2 also won its qualifier battle for Series 7, this means that Team Technobots never lost a qualifier battle.


  1. M2's homepage on Team Technobots' website (archived)
  2. Private correspondence with User:ToastUltimatum
  3. Private correspondence with User:ToastUltimatum
  4. Private correspondence with User:ToastUltimatum
  5. Private correspondence between Paul Cooper and ToastUltimatum in November 2018
  6. Private correspondence with User:ToastUltimatum

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