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Monte was a robot that competed in the pilot recording of Robot Wars, ahead of Series 8. Monte was built by Team MAD captain Alan Young in 2014, but Alan Young loaned the machine to fellow producer in Series 8, Paul Streeter of Robo Challenge.

DesignEdit

Monte was an axlebot, with a static hammer attached for weaponry. Although it can spin on the spot to cause damage, its wheels were exposed and vulnerable, with the robot being comparatively light in weight.

As it lacks a moving weapon, Monte would have been ineligible to compete in the main series.

The TeamEdit

Monte was originally built by Alan Young, the captain of Team MAD, who is still the owner of the robot to this day, having built Monte for exhibition fights at his touring Robots Live! event series. When Monte entered the pilot episode ahead of Series 8, Alan Young was already competing with his robot Merlin, so he loaned Monte over to Paul Streeter, an employee of Robo Challenge who went on to drive Shunt for the three reboot series that followed the pilot.

EtymologyEdit

Monte's name appears to be a reference to M.O.N.T.E. (Mobile Omnidirectional Neutralization and Termination Eradicator, pronounced "Monty"), a middleweight combat robot built by Howard Wolowitz in the The Big Bang Theory episode "The Killer Robot Instability".

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Monte gateway

Paul Streeter with Monte

Although Monte did not take part in the main competition of Series 8, Monte took part in the pilot recording, a camera test filmed on March 1st as practice for the main series a few days later.

Reaper vs Monte

Monte in the arena with Reaper

In its first battle, Monte was drawn up against fellow Team MAD entry Merlin, alongside Reaper and Wraith. Wraith had technical problems and was forced to withdraw, leaving three robots to fight it out. It didn't take long before the drive on one of Monte's wheels broke, leaving it to drive round in circles, until eventually, it was pitted by Reaper, eliminating Monte from the competition.

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Monte in the pits, in Heat 3

Angela Merlin Turbulence Monte

Merlin, Turbulence and Monte make cameos

Despite not competing in the main series, Monte did make some cameo appearances. In Heat 3 while Team S.Tek are being interviewed Monte can be seen in the background. Monte, with Turbulence and Merlin, made a second cameo in Heat 4 at the beginning of the episode when Angela Scanlon introduces the pits, and it could also be seen during Heat 5.

ResultsEdit

MONTE - RESULTS
Series 8
Series 8 - Pilot Episode
Round 1
Pilot Episode, Group Battle vs. Merlin, Reaper, Wraith Eliminated

Series RecordEdit

Monte pits

Monte in the pits (centre)

Main Series Monte 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 Featherweight Championship with Alpha and G2
Withdrew before qualifiers with Merlin
Series 8 Pilot, Round 1
Entered with Apollo
Entered Pilot with Merlin
Series 9 Entered with Apollo
Series 10 Entered with Apollo
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Gladiator, Flybot, Chroma and Hades

NOTE: This Series Record reflects the competitive record of Team MAD, as driver Paul Streeter was the driver of Shunt throughout the reboot.

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Monte was built in 2014 and was finished in June, where it made its debut at the team's own event at Edinburgh. It lost its first fight to Merlin, another Team MAD robot, after it was flipped out the arena. Since then, Monte has rarely been fighting at larger scale events and usually only fights at Robots Live's demonstration events, such as those at the Comic Con events held at the likes of Manchester and Glasgow. On one occasion in 2017, Monte defeated Apollo[1].

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HQuG8E6lE0
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