Project One was a robot that competed in the first series of Dutch Robot Wars. It featured somewhat of a wire-frame chassis that offered minimal protection to its vital components. It was very similar to the famous UK competitor Mortis, not only because of its appearance and armament, but because a great deal of money and engineering had gone into it. Also just like with Mortis, many people had high expectations for this robot, expectations upon which it ultimately failed to deliver.
Project One was built and entered by Team Mad Science, which was made up of Dutch roboteer WJ Dijkstra and his Belgian teammates Greg Cathalina, Mario "Maddox" de Jongh and Babeth van Son (who did not appear on TV because of the three team members limit). After Dutch Series 1, the team split into two for Dutch Series 2. Team captain WJ worked on his own to build Gravity and Elevation, which was one third of the clusterbot √3, while Maddox and Babeth formed Team Warlocks which built Project One's sequel robot Project Two: Hex'em. Maddox was also a team member of both Tough As Nails and Scraptosaur at various stages and is now a member of the Belgian Team RCC, while Babeth was also a team member of Flextreme.
Dutch Series 1
- "The big guy with the beard (Maddox) pointed out a pneumatic valve which if hit would disable the robot, but it was so well protected we would never be able to reach it."
- — Karl Jones of Blue, incorrectly predicting the outcome of their match with Project One.
Both robots started sluggishly, with Blue tapping the rear of Project One with its ineffective spinning disc. Project One's axe, and later its lifting arm landed on Blue, failing to cause any damage. Finally, after repeated blows Project One's axe caused superficial damage to Blue armour then ripped off the entire right hand side protection of Blue. However, Project One at this point broke down completely and was counted out. It was unable to restore its position in the main competition when it lost to Enderbot in the loser's melee.
|PROJECT ONE - RESULTS|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat C, Round 1||vs. Blue||Lost|
|Heat C, Loser's Melee||vs. Enderbot, Flextreme||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 2
Dutch Series Record
UK Series Record
- Series 1-6: Did not enter
- Series 7: Entered with Gravity