- "Throughout history, warmongers have promised that their conflict will be the mother of all battles, but tonight, we're gonna show them how a proper war should be fought. The whole series has been leading up to tonight's final showdown, and throughout the land we're getting reports of a nation on tenterhooks. Men are tending their allotments, women are cooking supper, children are tucked up in bed and dreaming of the day they can have a pony. But here, in the East End of London, we have six more robots revved up and ready to fight it out for that last place in the final showdown."
- — Jeremy Clarkson introducing the heat
Heat F of Robot Wars: The First Wars was the sixth and final heat which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The First Wars. Also included in this episode was the Grand Final of the First Wars. The episode featuring Heat F and the Grand Final was originally broadcast on March 27, 1998 on BBC Two.
|Dimensions||1.15m x 1.15m x 0.50m|
|Power||2 x 12V motors|
|Team Members: Neil Lambeth & John Ebden|
|Eubank the Mouse|
|Dimensions||0.90m x 0.90m x 0.90m|
|Power||12V wheelchair motors|
|Weapons||Right hook & left cross|
|Team Members: Steve Dove|
|Prince of Darkness|
|Dimensions||0.90m x 0.50m x 0.35m|
|Power||14.4V drill motors|
|Team Members: Jon Scott, James Cruickshank, Matthew Wilson & Stephen Rowles|
|Dimensions||0.92m x 0.73m x 1.00m|
|Power||2 x 12V motors|
|Weapons||Steel bar (replaced with Killertron's mace in the heat final)|
|Team Members: Jonathan Attias, Chris Crosskey, Peter Kyberd & Robin Cox|
|Dimensions||1.10m x 0.70m x 0.45m|
|Team Members: Phil Patching, Gareth Munday & Simon Carroll|
|Dimensions||1.55m x 0.85m x 0.20m|
|From: King Edward VI Grammar School|
|Team Members: Andrew Rockliffe, Christopher Hancomb & David Hall|
The Blob stuttered out of the turntable and chose the left route, passing Sergeant Bash with only a small bump and tried to turn out of Dead Metal's way, but was pushed into a spike block. Dead Metal pushed The Blob through the skittles and wedged it on the second ramp. The Blob tried to back away, but Sergeant Bash came in and pushed it further back. Matilda joined in to push The Blob backwards as the competitor had broken down.
- Jeremy Clarkson: "So, using the power of hindsight. What changes would you have made to strategy there?"
- Phil Patching: "Choose another driver, really."
- — Lighthearted hindsight from The Blob
Elvis drove out of the turntable and spun around. Elvis drove towards the ramp, but got stuck with the wheels off the ground. Elvis lowered its body to try and free itself, but to no avail. Sergeant Bash reversed in and slammed into the side of Elvis, but couldn't free it.
Therefore, Sergeant Bash started to cut away at the side of Elvis as it fruitlessly lifted the bodyshell up and down. Eventually time ran out and Sergeant Bash's saw had been shattered partially.
T.R.A.C.I.E. headed down the left route, straight past Sergeant Bash, but struggled with the turn and was pressured by the house robot. T.R.A.C.I.E. slowly crawled to the halfway point, but failed to move much further as Dead Metal came in from the front, pinning T.R.A.C.I.E. in between it and Sergeant Bash. Bash flicked flames towards T.R.A.C.I.E. as time ran out.
- Andrew Rockcliffe: "It was hard, it was very difficult."
- Jeremy Clarkson: "Oh dear, you should have called it Sharon. Would've been better."
- — After the Gauntlet run
Eubank the MouseEdit
Eubank the Mouse zipped out of the turntable, straight down the left route and past Sergeant Bash. Eubank the Mouse's angled sides meant that it clipped the wall with the back corner and was steered into the wall, allowing Dead Metal to stop it. Eubank the Mouse tried to get around the house robot, eventually finding a gap and being stopped by Matilda. Eubank the Mouse avoided Matilda and instead got stuck on the spike block, but reversed and set off across the finish line.
Skarab exited the turntable and headed down the left route, being hit by Sergeant Bash. Skarab passed Bash and moved on, being chased by the flamethrower and heading into Dead Metal, swinging and missing with its hammer. Dead Metal tried to pin Skarab against the wall, but it pushed through and crossed the line.
- Jeremy Clarkson: "What's it like when you're being attacked by those things?"
- Jonathan Attias: "I wasn't paying that much attention to them, actually. Just trying to force my way through."
- Jeremy Clarkson: "Right, deduct points for smugness."
- — After the Gauntlet
Prince of DarknessEdit
Prince of Darkness made its way up the first ramp without incident and drove straight onto the second one. As Prince of Darkness came off the ramp, Matilda lay in wait and pushed it back into the end of the left route, having not fully crossed the finish line.
- "The Prince of Darkness is going all the way! Look at that! Oh, until Matilda came across, but did they cross the line? They think so - but the judges say no, they have to do it all again!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Matilda shoved Prince of Darkness back into the spike blocks, but left them enough space to squeeze out. Prince of Darkness pushed a pipe along as it finally made it to the end.
|Eubank the Mouse||Completed|
|Prince of Darkness||Completed|
Skarab was the first to move, but The Blob was the first to smash though the triangle of balls. The robots sat in a melee and tried to move the balls into their allocated goals. Prince of Darkness became the first goalscorer, followed by Skarab who then sat by its goal for the remainder of the trial. The Blob made one attempt on its goal, but still failed to pot. Eubank the Mouse pushed some balls around aimlessly before it broke down near the top, and T.R.A.C.I.E. whilst trying to exit its goal at the start, impaled itself on the surrounding wall.
Prince of Darkness carried on potting the balls, eventually scoring six in total as cease was called. The judges considered Eubank the Mouse to be eliminated, having broken down 'irreparably'.
- Jeremy Clarkson: "That's an impressive score, in my view, you weren't really up against much were you."
- Jon Scott: "No, I was quite glad actually, the competition had broken down 'cause I thought I was going to be quite badly beaten up."
- — Jeremy interviews the Prince of Darkness driver
|Prince of Darkness||6|
|Eubank the Mouse||0|
- "And if, at the end of the bout, two robots are still running, we shall turn to our panel of adjudicators, for a decision. Now they're going to be marking you roboteers for style, control, violence and aggression. I, on the other hand, am only interested in violence. Now get out there and do some."
- — Jeremy Clarkson
The Blob vs SkarabEdit
Skarab took a while to make it to The Blob as they were both slow robots. When they met, The Blob stabbed Skarab, who in turn pushed The Blob slightly back. The Blob then rammed Skarab askew, and the latter fired the hammer from the side, but narrowly missed as it spun round before retracting its weapon. Sergeant Bash flicked flames at both robots as Skarab turned to push The Blob, now motionless, backwards into the top wall.
- "Its oh-no-whoa, the big heave-ho, out onto those side bars, so difficult to escape from - especially with the Sergeant coming in. Argh! You could be right, you could be stone dead - oh! Rust in peace, The Blob!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
With The Blob still not moving, Shunt and Sergeant Bash both attacked The Blob a few times until Cease was called.
T.R.A.C.I.E. vs Prince of DarknessEdit
- "So it's a seven year-old go-kart with wet paint. But it is the crowd favourite, its David against the heavyweight Goliath in the shape of T.R.A.C.I.E."
- — Jonathan Pearce on Prince of Darkness
Prince of Darkness, sporting a new paint job for the fight, edged towards T.R.A.C.I.E. but decided to move away at the last second. T.R.A.C.I.E.'s spike bounced off the front wedge initially as they met for the first time. Both robots pushed against each other, and it was T.R.A.C.I.E who was the stronger one. T.R.A.C.I.E. spun around, slamming rearwards into the side of Prince of Darkness before driving away to reposition. T.R.A.C.I.E. drove in on the side of Prince of Darkness, and the right spike impaled Prince of Darkness' tyre.
As T.R.A.C.I.E. reversed, the hole grew and Prince of Darkness were stuck with a flat tyre. Prince of Darkness tried to drive away, but T.R.A.C.I.E.'s next attack hit the same tyre and almost pulled it off the rim. T.R.A.C.I.E. tried edging Prince of Darkness toward a grille, but Prince of Darkness managed to turn away from danger. Instead, T.R.A.C.I.E held Prince of Darkness in place, briefly tilting it up, and allowed the house robots to come in and attack the fallen robot. T.R.A.C.I.E. remained stationary on a grille, as Prince of Darkness finally ground to a halt.
Skarab vs T.R.A.C.I.E.Edit
- "Killertron, in order to help us uphold the honour of the hammerbots, because we're the only one left, has lent us their mace, because it'll give us the reach to get into the centre of T.R.A.C.I.E.'s electronics"
- — Team Isis before the fight
T.R.A.C.I.E. drove into the side of Skarab, piercing the armour. With both robots stuck together, Dead Metal and Matilda tried to free them. Skarab spun around and tried to hit T.R.A.C.I.E. with its new mace, but T.R.A.C.I.E. backed off with some fibreglass armour from Skarab, peeled off and stuck on the spikes.
- "He's ripped the flesh off Skarab...you can see a trailer off one of the deadly prongs! And up against it, that mace is like a little schoolground conker against a juggernaut!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
T.R.A.C.I.E. moved around Skarab in the centre of the arena, while Skarab turned on the spot, using its mace to ward off another attack, until T.R.A.C.I.E accidentally drove into Sergeant Bash's CPZ, impaling the house robot. Skarab were being pressured by Matilda, until the house robot's chainsaw cut the aerial off Skarab. T.R.A.C.I.E. escaped the CPZ, and moved to spear Matilda, pushing it away from Skarab. T.R.A.C.I.E. then turned to attack Sergeant Bash again, as Skarab stuttered at the side. Cease was called and the judges gave T.R.A.C.I.E. the victory.
Heat Winner: T.R.A.C.I.E.
- Eubank the Mouse became the third Stock Robot to cause controversy, as Elvis was eliminated due to The Mouse completing the Gauntlet.
- T.R.A.C.I.E. became the only Grand Finalist in the series to not complete the Gauntlet.