Minotaur was a super heavyweight robot which appeared in Series 2 of Robot Wars. It competed exclusively in the Super Heavyweight Championship, itself partially shown in the Grudge Matches episode; there, Minotaur had limited success, losing its qualifier after getting toppled over by eventual champion Kick Robut.
Minotaur was a box-shaped robot with hydrostatic drive motors and large triangular-shaped tracks mounted outside the robot's chassis. It had no weapons - instead relying on brute force as its main means of offensive output - and had a high ground clearance that left it vulnerable to being lifted and toppled over, as its only battle demonstrated.
Relationship with Random Violence TechnologiesEdit
Minotaur's entry resulted from its team captain's initial spell as a member of Random Violence Technologies, builders of Series 1-4 heavyweight competitor Mortis. He was assigned by the team to produce lighter drive systems for Mortis, and developed a hydraulically-based system incorporating lawnmower-type units and a Briggs and Stratton engine.
- "We recruited an electronics grad to build lighter drive electronics - at the time everyone was using wheelchair stuff which whilst reliable us very heavy. He had the idea of using hydraulic units as found on industrial lawnmowers and we actually managed to blag a pair and a Briggs and Stratton engine to power them. Unfortunately they wouldn't fit inside the Mortis chassis without cutting it to pieces and rewarding [rewelding] which i didn't want to do. As he had not actually manage to produce any new electronics we had a putting of ways at this point and went on to enter his own team in the Super Heavyweight class."
- — Rob Knight
However, this system could not be fitted inside Mortis' chassis without requiring a total rebuild, resulting in Minotaur's team captain leaving Random Violence Technologies and entering the robot into Series 2 under his own team.
Minotaur competed in the Super Heavyweight Championship, and was drawn against Kick Robut and Reckless Endangerment in its qualifier for the Super Showdown. However, it stalled at the start of the battle, leaving it immobile in the middle of the arena. This allowed Kick Robut to get underneath, hook its lifting spikes into Minotaur's tracks and lift it, rolling it over onto its back. Without a self-righting mechanism, Minotaur was eliminated from the Super Heavyweight Championship, along with Reckless Endangerment.
|MINOTAUR - RESULTS|
|Super Heavyweight Championship|
|Qualifier||vs. Kick Robut, Reckless Endangerment||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Minotaur Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Super Showdown, Qualifier|
|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|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
In September 2009, Minotaur was given to Team Bud along with Random Violence Technologies machines Mortis and its unfinished successor Maelstrom/Rigormortis. It was intended that all three robots were to be restored to running condition, although it was later known that Minotaur would not be rebuilt, because it would have required a new petrol engine in order to run again.