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"Wooden it be nice if Overdozer survived? Get it?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Overdozer was a chartreuse coloured heavyweight robot from Falkirk, Scotland, which entered Series 8 of Robot Wars. It lost its Group Battle after becoming immobilised by King B Remix in the opening moments, before being flipped and having its armour destroyed by Dantomkia.

The team refer to Overdozer's front scoop as a 'dozer blade', hence the robot's name. Memento Mori returned for Series 9 with Wyrm.

DesignEdit

"Overdozer was the only Series 8 robot to be powered by a petrol engine. It also featured non-conventional wooden fibreboard armour, making it more vulnerably to damage than its competitors."
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Overdozer shot

Overdozer on the turntable

The front of Overdozer was armed with a large, black 'indestructible' static scoop, giving the robot a total emphasis on pushing. Overdozer also had an active weapon in the form of a brushcutter blade at the rear spinning at 6000rpm, driven by a 2 stroke engine, similar to that of Wheelosaurus, accompanied by static spikes.. The robot’s frame was made out of 25mm steel box section, however the external armour was comprised of medium density fibreboard (MDF), 18mm thick.

Overdozer weapon

Overdozer's brushcutter blade

"We went with an MDF armour because it's cheap and really easy to cut because we did not have a lot of time to make this robot."
— The team explain their odd choice of materials
Overdozer arena

Overdozer in the arena

Beyond the wooden armour, Overdozer also had no method of self-righting, and was comparatively lightweight at 86kg. Overdozer was the only robot in Series 8 to be equipped with a petrol engine, which was on board to power the weapon, while the robot itself was driven by two DC wheelchair motors rated at 24V, and was powered by a 22.2V lithium polymer battery.

The TeamEdit

Overdozer

Overdozer with Memento Mori

Overdozer was entered into Series 8 by Memento Mori, a Scottish team from Falkirk. The team was captained by 25-year old IT support analyst Nicholas White, who drove Overdozer in battle. 22-year old Fhinnian McIvor was responsible for the electronics and subsystems of Overdozer, while 20-year old Jonathan Young was responsible for metalworking, and operated Overdozer's weaponry in battle.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Dara Ó Briain: "You've made a boat?"
Nicholas White: "It probably wouldn't float!"
— Interview before the fight

Overdozer competed in Heat 3. It was initially supposed to battle Thor, Shockwave and Tough as Nails in Heat 2, but withdrew due to technical problems, and was replaced with DisConstructor. Instead, it fought Dantomkia, King B Remix and Glitterbomb, standing in for Armakillo.

"How high do you rate your chances with your petrol engine which could burn down your wooden boat, which has an outboard engine?"
— Dara Ó Briain's question, which led to a long pause
Overdozer vs glitterbomb vs king b vs dantomkia

Overdozer sits and spins against King B Remix and Glitterbomb only for the weapon to be snapped off

King B vs Overdozer

Overdozer is immobilised by King B Remix

Overdozer did not move off the starting block, instead spinning on the spot as self-defence. The unfazed King B Remix charged into Overdozer, knocking a panel away, and Overdozer tripped on the surface of the raised pit, immobilising the machine straight away.

"Well they didn't last long, did they Overdozer, we didn't think they would, but we thought they'd do better than that, they were rubbish! And they'll be consigned to the rubbish pit of the arena!"
Jonathan Pearce
Dantomkia flips Overdozer

Overdozer is tossed into the air

Pieces of Overdozer

MDF wood is thrown high

King B Remix moved Overdozer off the pit, and Glitterbomb pushed it into the arena wall. Left idle for a while, Dantomkia closed in to flip the beaten Overdozer, and tossed the lightweight machine into the air, and flipped it a second time later on, causing the robot to fall apart, although one of these landings impaled one of Overdozer's spikes into Dantomkia's armour. Overdozer's brushcutter blade had long been strewn across the arena floor, and Dantomkia's last attack lifted a sheet of Overdozer's MDF high above the floor.

Overdozer Remains

The remains of Overdozer

It was revealed by Dara Ó Briain that Overdozer was only active in the battle for 23 seconds.

"You were like the first little piggy of this particular story, they huffed and puffed, and blew your house down!"
— Dara Ó Briain

ResultsEdit

OVERDOZER - RESULTS
Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Round 1
Heat 3, Group Battle vs. Dantomkia, Glitterbomb, King B Remix Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Overdozer Series Record
Series 1-7 Did not enter
Series 8 Heat, Round 1
Series 9 Entered with Wyrm
Series 10 Did not enter

TriviaEdit

  • The team's name, "Memento Mori", is a Latin phrase which translates to "remember that you have to die".

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