"Ever since the first chimp picked up a bone off the prehistoric floor and used it to bash open the skull of a wildebeest, men have been obsessed with their tools. Millions of years on, and our homes are full of labour saving devices: toasters, refrigerators, microwaves and that thing you bought of the Shopping Channel with the free introductory spoon. But lately, my toaster’s been giving me the eye, imploring about being tumble-dried to death, and my food blender is now officially a lethal weapon. We live in dangerous times, and to prove it, six lifeless objects are about to be bought dangerously to life to fight for a place in our series semi-finals."
— Craig Charles' introduction

Heat B of Robot Wars: The Second Wars was the second of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Second Wars. The episode featuring Heat B was originally broadcast on November 13, 1998 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 5.8 million viewers, an increase of eight hundred thousand viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked third in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 9-15 November, behind only Have I Got News For You and The Simpsons.

Competing RobotsEdit


Death Trak
Death Trak
Weight 74.5kg
Dimensions 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.3m
Speed 8mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 55mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Detachable wedge shape
Notes Wheels acquired from local go-kart firm
From: Huddersfield
Team Members: Nick Murphy & Arthur Cobill
Weight 79.4kg
Dimensions 1.3 x 0.8 x 0.4m
Speed 6mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 15mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons 2000rpm flail and lifting arm
Notes Can lift over 115kg
From: St. Leonards-on-Sea
Team Members: Shane Howard & Brian Fountain
Weight 72.4kg
Dimensions 0.6 x 0.75 x 0.32m
Speed 9mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 3 x 12V batteries
Weapons Spiked flail turning at 1000rpm
Notes Design/construction cost over £500 and took 200 hours
From: Worthing
Team Members: Rupert Weeks & Chris Weeks
Wheelosaurus Series 2 no background
Weight 67.5kg
Dimensions 1.3 x 1.0 x 0.65m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 125mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Armoured spikes
Notes Victorian pram wheels and a helicopter gyro stabiliser
From: Guildford
Team Members: Peter Gibson


Chaos (Seeded 6th)
Weight 73.6kg
Dimensions 0.9 x 0.8 x 0.5m
Speed 20mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 75mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Ram and titanium blade
Notes Modified phantom jet nose gear retract cylinder
From: Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis & Mick Cutter
Leighanan offical image
Weight 82.9kg
Dimensions 1.4 x 0.8 x 0.6m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 30mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Petrol driven chainsaw
Notes Geared wheelchair motors with four wheel drive
From: Leigh City Technical College in Dartford
Team Members: Robin Williams, Tony Scofield & Chris Malyon


Left Route Centre Route Right Route
Sir Killalot and two pits. Barrier of barrels, ramp and Sergeant Bash. Ramrig, flame pit and Dead Metal.


Mace gauntlet

Mace barges past the house robots

Mace moved down the middle route to knock the barrels out of the way, but was caught on the spike trap as it rose. Mace backed up and had a second go, passing the spikes and bashing through the line of barrels. Mace wobbled its way up the ramp, where Sergeant Bash waited. Mace drove off at an angle to avoid the house robot but got caught on a block. Sergeant Bash blocked Mace from continuing forwards and attacked with the flamethrower, so Mace reversed under the ramp and started pushing Sergeant Bash forwards. Dead Metal managed to grab the back of Mace, but Mace was too strong and made it to the end zone.


Wheelosaurus Sergeant Bash

Wheelosaurus bursts Sergeant Bash's gas canister

Wheelosaurus aimed down the middle route, smashing through the barrels, but getting caught on the toppled ones as it tried to pass. Wheelosaurus backed up and moved forwards, managing to use the wheel spikes to lift itself over the barrels. Wheelosaurus cautiously climbed the ramp and dropped down, to find the rear of Sergeant Bash in the way. Wheelosaurus reversed and reared up as it turned and moved forwards, bouncing off the side of Sergeant Bash. Wheelosaurus lifted its mace up as it moved forwards and was blocked by Dead Metal. The spiked head of Wheelosaurus landed on Sergeant Bash's flamethrower, puncturing the gas canister and ripping the whole flamethrower off. Dead Metal held on to Wheelosaurus as Cease was called.

"Sergeant Bash is in real trouble here! He's been immobilised, by Wheelosaurus! Who'd have thought that Victorian Pramwheels could disable Sergeant Bash?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Death TrakEdit

Death trak gauntlet

Death Trak caught in the ramrig

Death Trak, without its long spikes, spun around upon leaving the start zone and headed down the right route. It slowly angled itself into the ramrig and started inching forwards. As it passed the first rig, it drove headfirst into the second, open rig. Death Trak backed up, clipping the saws and sending out a shower of sparks. Death Trak turned and drove back towards the start area, and struggled to reorient itself in the first ramrig, which pinned it in place as time ended.


Leighviathan gauntlet

Sir Killalot turns Leighviathan over

The Leighviathan team was forced to endure last minute repairs after the radio receivers caught fire before their run.

Derek Foxwell: "They've got the same frequency as the next competitor, if they're not ready when it's their turn to go, we have to take the radio away from them and they cannot repair their machine."
Philippa Forrester: "So how long have they got?"
Derek Foxwell: "Three minutes."
— Leightviathan is given a deadline.

The robot was fixed in time, allowing Leighviathan to take part in the gauntlet. Leighviathan tentatively moved out of the start zone, and after enduring a floor spike, drove into the barrels. One barrel got caught on the ramp, blocking Leighviathan's path, forcing it to spin on the spot to try and clear it. This moved more barrels but didn't clear a path. Leighviathan tried to climb the ramp, but Sir Killalot spiked one of Leighviathan's wheels with his lance and lifted it up. Perched on its side, Leighviathan managed to creep forward with the two wheels still touching the ground, but fell over further, before being fully toppled by Sir Killalot.



Tantrum's clear run to the finish

Tantrum aimed for the middle route, slamming through the barrels and climbing the ramp. Sergeant Bash blocked one side of the route through, so Tantrum avoided the house robot, getting momentarily caught on a block, but it reversed out and drove unobstructed to the end zone.


Chaos bash

Chaos goes around Dead Metal

Chaos moved wildly out of the start, getting temporarily caught on a fence, but aimed for the middle route. Chaos used the raised flipper to move the barrels out of the way, but an awkward hit off one made it turn and miss the ramp. Chaos backed up, knocking more barrels over, and eventually climbed the ramp. Chaos got stuck as Sergeant Bash blocked well, so Chaos backed up to get a run up. Chaos pushed Sergeant Bash out of the way, and despite being deflected by Dead Metal's pincers, completed the run.

"I think I was a bit too overenthusiastic on the controls."
— George Francis


Rank Robot Distance
Tantrum Completed
Chaos Completed
Mace Completed
Wheelosaurus 11.7m
Leighviathan 5.1m
Death Trak 4.8m

Trial (Tug of War)Edit


Tantrum tug of war

Tantrum falls in the pit.

"Its got a heck of a lot [of traction]. Up until about 5 weeks ago, it was an old wheelchair, so it's used to carting around old dears."
— Confidence from Tantrum

Tantrum pulled, but to no avail as Dead Metal moved forwards, stopping Tantrum's advance. Tantrum skidded backwards, slowly overbalancing before falling into the pit.

"No grip on the wheels, can it survive, tantalising, teetering, tottering, toppling, toppling...Tantrum! Totalled!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tantrum is pulled towards and into oblivion



Leighviathan holds firm

Leighviathan inched forwards at the start, managing to place itself on the down ramp, aiding it against Dead Metal. Leighviathan stood its ground, slowly managing to pull Dead Metal towards the pit. As they reached a stalemate, Cease was called.


Wheelosaurus tug of war

Wheelosaurus dives into the pit

Philippa Forrester: "I'm worried about these Victorian Pramwheels. In Tug of War, they ain't going to have much traction."
Peter Gibson: "Well they're about a hundred years old now, and I think the goodness has gone out of the rubber, but it might be enough for just one more go."
— Before the Trial

Wheelosaurus spun its wheels, managing to hold still at full stretch. However, Dead Metal rotated, using that force to yank Wheelosaurus forwards, where the chain went loose and Wheelosaurus seemed to stop. With one more pull, Dead Metal dragged Wheelosaurus into the pit.



Mace stays on top

"Mace, nearly eighty kilos in weight. This could be tough for Dead Metal."
— Jonathan Pearce

Both Mace and Dead Metal pulled at each other, barely moving one way or the other. Mace cancelled out Dead Metal's pulling power, slightly going further than the House Robot, but both stayed on top at the end.


Dead metal pit tug of war

Dead Metal dropped into the pit

Philippa Forrester: "What we want to see is Dead Metal in the Pit of Oblivion. I'm not meant to say that. Can you do it?"
Team Chaos: "So do I. I hope so. We'll give it a good go."
— Prior to Chaos' run

Chaos moved forwards, pulling Dead Metal with it. Chaos made it onto the down ramp, and dragged Dead Metal further. The house robot held on briefly at the top of the pit, but after one final tug from Chaos, was toppled into the pit and defeated.

"This is a battle of pride here, because Chaos, surely doing enough to go through anyway- it wants Dead Metal in the Pit, it wants Dead Metal submerged in the smoke! Can he pull Dead Metal in? Humiliation for the House Robot!"
— Jonathan Pearce, as Dead Metal falls.


Rank Robot Time
Chaos Victorious
Mace Survived
Leighviathan Survived
Wheelosaurus 18.11s
Tantrum 16.15s


Semi FinalEdit

Leighviathan vs. MaceEdit

Philippa Forrester: "Who's going to win, do you reckon?"
Robin Williams: "It's a shame that we have to go in there and fight each other now. Once you're through the walls, you get out and fight."
Philippa Forrester: "No, no, no, this isn't the attitude we're looking for! Robot Wars is about fighting and battle!"
Robin Williams: "Well, we'll get them while we're in there"
— Philippa laughs at Leighviathan's attitude
Leighviathan mace

Mace gets beneath Leighviathan

As the two met in the middle of the arena, Leighviathan rode straight up Mace's lifter and was pushed back. Mace kept going, as Leighviathan adjusted itself a few times, but Mace eventually made it to the PPZ, where Dead Metal resided. Leighviathan backed off Mace and landed on Dead Metal's pincers. Dead Metal pushed Leighviathan into Shunt, which hit the competitor with his axe. Matilda moved into the boxed-in robot, slicing into the top armour with her chainsaw.

Mace continued to bully Leighviathan in and around the PPZ, as Dead Metal started chasing Mace around Leighviathan. A rear spike on Dead Metal became caught on the chainsaw of Leighviathan, bending it. Matilda came in and started lifting Leighviathan with the tusks, as the top armour started falling off.

Mace leighviathan

Mace attacking with its flail. Note Leighviathan's dislodged top armour

"They've been scalped, Leighviathan!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Leighviathan managed to avoid Sir Killalot and drove into the centre of the arena while Mace was held and sawed by Dead Metal. Once free, Mace slammed into the side of Leighviathan, backing up and causing light damage with its flail. Mace tried to push Leighviathan around and lift with the flipper, but Cease was called before it could.

The judges were called, and the decision went in favour of Mace.

Winner: Mace

Chaos (6) vs. WheelosaurusEdit

Philippa Forrester: "Now, Peter's described the battle as Beauty and the Beast. What do you think?"
Mick Cutter: "We're definitely the beast when it comes to performance, but we think the robot looks quite good. It's just a matter of finding the weak point on his robot and doing business"
— Pre-match talk
Chaos wheelosaurus

Chaos attacks Wheelosaurus

Wheelosaurus fire

Sergeant Bash sets Wheelosaurus alight with its flamethrower

Chaos drove into Wheelosaurus, levering it over, but the wheel spikes stopped it turning over. Chaos tried to flip Wheelosaurus, but to no avail. Chaos backed up, letting Wheelosaurus recover, but eventually pushed Wheelosaurus into the PPZ and Sergeant Bash, which threw a large volley of flames on Wheelosaurus. Wheelosaurus wasn't moving, so Matilda started cutting into the wheels with her chainsaw. Matilda then shoved Wheelosaurus into the ramrig saws, as Shunt joined in, both repeatedly slamming Wheelosaurus into the saws. Holding it there, Shunt started bashing Wheelosaurus with his axe. Matilda continued the demolition, cutting into the bin lid wheels with her chainsaw.

"One blow - two blows. They're after Wheelosaurus, aren't they? There's the Shunt Cam. They're trying to get to the very brains of the beast. I think they're after revenge! Don't forget, Wheelosaurus caused major damage to Sergeant Bash! This is carnage! They're after blood and oil!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Chaos dead metal

Dead Metal slams Chaos and breaks the walls

Away in the centre of the arena, Chaos was boiling for a fight with Dead Metal. Chaos tried to get around the side to flip the house robot, but was unable to do so. After turning around, Chaos was grabbed by Dead Metal's pincers and driven into the wall. They continued the feud, Chaos once backing into the wall before bouncing out of the pincers to get another run up. Chaos escaped the house robots grip again just as cease was called. After the battle, a large chunk of Dead Metal's armour fell off.

Craig Charles: "At one stage, though, it looked like Dead Metal was about to give you a full lobotomy, didn't it?"
George Francis: "I think he's got it in for me after we pulled him into a pit."
Craig Charles: "But hey, one more fight and you're through to the series semi-finals. Are you feeling confident about the next one"
Mick Cutter: "We are now yes, that one was a bit - we didn't know where to hit him. But now it's out of the way, we'll give it a good go."
— After the battle

Winner: Chaos


Mace vs. Chaos (6)Edit

Mace chaos

Mace's flail dents Chaos's armour

Chaos matilda

Matilda flips Chaos again

As the two met in the middle of the arena, Chaos wiggled enough for Mace to miss the first attack. Chaos spun around to avoid meeting flippers, but both ended up pointing towards each other. Chaos attempted to flip Mace, but only succeeded in bouncing itself away from the opponent. Chaos reversed to get away while the flipper was reset. Chaos managed to get trapped by Mace and pushed into the PPZ and Matilda. Matilda drove forwards, tusks up, and toppled Chaos over and it rested upside-down.

"Trying to get back to life, but they know they're in trouble! And that was because of the intervention of Mace in the first place!"
— Jonathan Pearce

While inverted, Chaos's flipper was reset, so it was fired to act as a srimech. However, the robot merely lifted up and came to rest on its back. Mace reversed in and started shredding Chaos's armour with its rear flail. The House Robots intervened as Shunt eventually righted Chaos. Chaos managed to escape, but was eventually returned to its back after a flip from Matilda. After the battle, Sir Killalot dropped Chaos into the pit.

Heat Winner: Mace

"When the Terminator sits down after finishing his chores, he has a "hasta la pizza", and he watches Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off



Chaos fails to self-right

  • The appearance of Chaos as the sixth seed made Heat B the first time that a seeded machine was placed in the heats.
  • Heat B was the first time that a robot attempted to use a self-righting mechanism to save itself from defeat, although it (Chaos) was not successful. It was later revealed that George Francis had forgotten to attach some "ears" to the back of the robot to stop it from getting stuck on its back.
  • Heat B was the first time a robot fell into the Pit of Oblivion, although it was not in a fight, nor was it by a competitor robot. Sir Killalot also pitted Chaos in the final, but it was after the cease, so it did not count.
  • This heat was the first time a House Robot was successfully attacked by means other than by a flipper. Wheelosaurus attacked Sergeant Bash in the Trial, crippling the gas canisters.
  • This heat also marked the first appearance of an Axlebot in the UK series, as well as being one of the few that was not a Torque-Reaction Axlebot (Wheelosaurus).
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