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"The team claim that Orte has no weaknesses, stating: “It’s a nightmare in metal.” They rate themselves as having a 10/10 chance of winning the competition."
— The Robot Wars website

Or Te (alternatively Or Te! or Orte as spelt on TV and the official website), was a heavyweight robot that competed in the Series 8 of Robot Wars, and the successor to former Grand Finalist Bigger Brother. It lost its Group Battle after having its power link dislodged by Supernova, immobilising it within the opening seconds of the battle.

DesignEdit

"Orte is a powerful Flipper and Rammer with a large 10cm piston ram to hit other robots with. The robot’s armour is “double-skinned,” meaning that if its Hardox surface armour is removed or damaged it can fight on, with a second layer lying underneath."
— The Robot Wars website
Or Te alternative

Or Te in Robot Wars: The Official Handbook

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Or Te enters the arena in its Series 8 heat

Much like its predecessor Bigger Brother, Or Te is a silver high box-wedge shaped robot armed with a powerful pneumatic flipper tipped with spikes. The flipping arm was powered by a CO2 10cm bore plunger, which caould lift up to 300kg, and allow the robot to self-right using a fraction of its full power. The flipper was machined out of a solid billet of aluminium with 30mm walls, and extends up to 150mm vertically when fired. A sacrificial cap was also added to the flipper after the prototype broke from only a few test firings[1]. Or Te was powered by four lithium polymer batteries, with two connected in series, and in parallel, alongside a custom 'Wotty' speed controller. Or Te was armoured in 5mm HARDOX steel, with a layer of Grade 5 titanium directly underneath, essentially giving the robot "double-skinned" armour. Like Bigger Brother, Or Te is described as a "nightmare in metal", and according to the team, had 'no weaknesses'.

"Initially called Bigger Brother 2, Orte is the successor to Ian Watts’ robot Bigger Brother, which competed in the original series of Robot Wars. Captain Ian’s design of Orte was inspired by stealth fighter jets, and he says that it has the “speed, agility and firepower of one.”"
— The Robot Wars website

EtymologyEdit

The name "Or Te!" is Latin for "Oi, you!", and various different spellings have been used in official media, including Or Te (used by the robot's official Facebook page), Or Te!, and Orte (used by official Robot Wars media).

As the successor to Bigger Brother, Or Te was originally named Bigger Brother 2 in concept, before later adopting the Or Te name.

QualificationEdit

Or Te was selected to compete in Series 8 based on the experience of Team Big Brother. However, Or Te was not chosen by the producers to return for Series 9[2]. For Series 10 of Robot Wars, Or Te was given the option of interchangeably attaching the mace weapon first used by Big Brother in place of the flipper, and attempted to qualify alongside The Swarm, but only The Swarm was chosen to compete[3].

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Or Te had problems before its first round battle with veterans Big Nipper and Supernova and newcomers TR2 began after the antenna for its receiver broke off in the pits. Luckily, this was rectified before the battle began.

Angela Scanlon: "How long will it take to fix?"
Sam Watts: "About five minutes, maybe less."
— Fears turn to confidence in the pits
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Or Te rams Supernova in the opening seconds

Or Te KO

Supernova's knock-out blow on Or Te

As the battle began, Or Te saw an immediate threat in Supernova, and charged into it, but was followed by Big Nipper, which pushed it towards the arena wall. Supernova intercepted, landing a heavy blow on Or Te, ripping off part of its armour and dislodging its power link. This immobilised Or Te only a few seconds into the battle, putting it out of the competition.

Results Edit

OR TE - RESULTS
Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Round 1
Heat 3, Group Battle vs. Big Nipper, Supernova, TR2 Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

  • Or Te with its team
  • Team Big Brother approach the arena
  • Or Te in the Pits
Main Series Or Te Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Entered with Big Brother
The Fourth Wars Entered with Bigger Brother
The Fifth Wars Entered with Bigger Brother
The Sixth Wars Entered with Bigger Brother
The Seventh Wars Entered with Bigger Brother
Series 8 Heat, Round 1
Series 9 Not selected
Series 10 Not selected
Entered with The Swarm
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Bigger Brother
Series 2 Entered with Bigger Brother

Outside Robot WarsEdit

After Series 8 of Robot Wars finished, Or Te later appeared at a Robots Live event in Stevenage event in October 2016. Although it was a static exhibit outside the pits, its predecessor, Bigger Brother, also fought at the same event. Or Te competed at the Cannock event where it lost three of its battles, usually losing its link in the same fashion it was defeated on television.

Or Te vs Behemoth

Or Te throws Behemoth in the Burgess Hill Robots Live! event

In 2017, Or Te fought at the Burgess Hill event run by Robots Live. It fought Suspension, Nuts 2 and Weird Alice, but after initially putting its flipper to good use, it was turned over by Weird Alice and its jammed flipper could not right it. It fought in various other battles, and put on a stronger performance than in previous appearances, but still failed to win a battle, being thrown out of the arena by Apollo and Behemoth in two separate battles.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://slick.productions/2016/07/07/or-te-robot-wars-2016-2/
  2. http://slick.productions/2016/11/10/the-fall-sunny-dispositions-and-robot-wars/
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/robotwars/comments/7ayq0f/ask_ian_watts_the_swarm_anything/dpdxycc/

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