- "My mission is to rule the world in the year 2000, well win Robot Wars (UK) anyway. The plan is for a Scorpion with hydraulic pincers and an articulated tail with a weapon on the end.."
- — The Phage Website on the plans for Phage
Phage was a competitor robot that failed to qualify for Series 4 of Robot Wars. It withdrew from the qualifiers after the team were unable to finish it in time, and was also planned to enter Series 5. It is unknown if Phage was entered into the latter series, and if so, how it failed to qualify.
The name 'Phage' means 'a thing that devours' and is often used in the names of viruses. The robot was originally named Scorpion 2000 (not to be confused with the robot that fought in Series 4 and 6-7), but this was changed in June 2000.
- "A few expensive mistakes later I had a Polycarbonate box with a pickaxe for a weapon called "Heck Raiser" ( the name came from a really naff album called "Songs To Drink Beer And Raise Heck To"). I wasn't happy with it so Heck Raiser was withdrawn from Robot Wars three days before the auditions."
- — The Phage Website on Heck Raiser
The team originally built a robot for Series 3 called Heck Raiser, which was a simple box-shaped robot armed with an axe. However, team captain Gareth Davies was unsatisfied with the robot, so withdrew it from the auditions and stripped it down to provide components for Phage.
Davies has also built five antweight robots, including Microphage and Dragstar.
Design[edit | edit source]
Phage was a two-wheeled, roughly triangular prism-shaped robot based on a scorpion, armed with a hydraulic front crusher and a rear 'tail' intended to house a second weapon. Many of its components were sourced from the team's previous robot, Heck Raiser. Work on Phage began in June 1999, but by August 2000, the robot was still not finished, so it was withdrawn just two days before the qualifiers.
- "I give in. There are too many problems to get sorted with only 2 days remaining. ... I knew I'd be pushing it for the qualifiers, which means that some of the installation work has been rushed. The best thing I can do is strip most of the system down and build it properly. At least this will give me time to drive and test the 'bot before Series 5. All the time I've been building Phage I've been living without a kitchen, doing all my cooking in a microwave on the dining room table. It's about time I got some decorating done."
- — The Phage Website on withdrawing from Series 4
Series History[edit | edit source]
|Series||Phage Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Withdrew from qualifiers with Heck Raiser|
|The Fourth Wars||Withdrew from qualifiers|
|The Fifth Wars||Unknown|
|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 Wars[edit | edit source]
Outside of Robot Wars Gareth competed at 3 Antweight World Series events with Micro Phage a miniature version of the teams Heavyweight with little success and DragStar which was more succesful.
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