Rammstein was an American competitor robot from Miami, Florida, which appeared in Series 4 of Robot Wars. It fought exclusively in the War of Independence special broadcast as part of that series, losing its only battle to Panic Attack after running out of power and being pitted.
Rammstein was an invertible, parallelogram-shaped robot with six-wheel drive and initially armed with a pneumatic spike at the front. Despite being classified as a superheavyweight in American robot competitions, it was permitted to enter the War of Independence after making a few weight-saving adjustments which brought its weight down to 95kg, the upper limit introduced exclusively for the American Robot Wars 2000 pilot. Such adjustments included the replacement of the robot's spike with a static ramming one and the removal of some of its drive motors. However, being designed for the three-minute bouts in BattleBots, Rammstein's power source was not adapted for the longer five-minute battles held in Robot Wars, which contributed to its loss in its only UK Series appearance.
A picture of Julio Roqueta, the fifth member of the team who could not attend Robot Wars filming, was placed on Rammstein's wedge for its appearance in the War of Independence. Roqueta sadly passed away in 2005.
American Robot Wars 2000
Before its televised debut on Robot Wars, Rammstein was one of eight robots selected to compete in the unaired American Robot Wars 2000 pilot commissioned by MTV in July 2000. However, when one robot withdrew from the competition, the field of competitors was reduced to four, which led to Rammstein losing its place in the competition despite being present at filming.
Representing the United States of America, Rammstein faced UK Series 2 champion Panic Attack in the first round of the War of Independence.
The two robots drove at each other, but were at first unable to cause too much damage to each other, even with Rammstein making use of its weight advantage to push Panic Attack around the arena. Eventually, Panic Attack lifted Rammstein and flipped it over, but this did not affect Rammstein, since it was invertible. Panic Attack then lifted up Rammstein and tried to set it on its side. Eventually, it overturned the American machine again. Rammstein tried to escape, but was running out of power and drove straight onto Panic Attack's lifting forks. The former British champion lifted Rammstein up and performed its signature move, by lifting it up off the floor and carrying it over to the open pit, before lowering the worn-down Rammstein into the abyss. As a result, Rammstein was eliminated in the first round.
|RAMMSTEIN - RESULTS|
|War of Independence|
Representing USA, Round 1
|Round 1||vs. Panic Attack (UK)||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Rammstein Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||War of Independence, Round 1|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|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
In addition to the War of Independence, Rammstein competed in all five televised seasons of the original BattleBots. It reached the semi-finals of the Superheavyweight division in Season 1.0 before losing to Minion, and reached the quarter-finals in Seasons 2.0 and 3.0, losing to Diesector on both occasions. In Season 4.0, Rammstein reached the Round of 16 before being defeated by New Cruelty, while in Season 5.0, it lost a judges' decision in the second round to Hammertime. The team also entered the Heavyweight division with the Surgeon General which reached the semi-finals for Season 4.0.
Team member Korey Kline returned for the reboot of with Mohawk, a robot armed with a crushing jaw with a flamethrower placed in the tip of the crusher. Mohawk did not perform well in its three BattleBots seasons, only achieving one win in total before being effectively retired. Kline designed a brand new robot for the 2021 season called GrassKicker, but was not selected to compete.
Alex Espinosa also returned for the reboot of BattleBots as part of Team Icewave. Espinosa has been everpresent with Icewave since the 2018 season.
- When literally translated, Rammstein's name means "Ramming Stone" or "Battering Ram" in German.
- Like Meshuggah, Rammstein shares its name with a metal band. In its case, it was named after Rammstein, a German Industrial Metal band known for their use of pyrotechnics.
- This makes Rammstein one of three robots to share its name with a hardcore band, the third being Suicidal Tendencies.
- Although normally a superheavyweight, the revised Rammstein ended up weighing 0.1kg less than the heavyweight frenZy when the two robots fought in the War of Independence.