- "Now, if you listen to the Japanese, you hear that good things come in small packages. The Discman, the Gameboy, Kylie Minogue! And this is all good news for orientals with puny wedding tackle, but it’s basically wrong. Because good things come in great big containers, with very large things written on the side in six foot high red letters. In fact, here on Robot Wars, size is everything, beauty is nothing. If Birmingham was a robot, it’d be a force to be reckoned with, as are our six robots waiting in the pits, about to battle for a place in our series semi-finals."
- — Craig Charles' introduction
Heat G of Robot Wars: The Second Wars was the seventh of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Second Wars. The episode featuring Heat G was originally broadcast on December 18, 1998 on BBC Two. The episode managed to attract 5.59 million viewers, a decrease of 130,000 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 14-20 December, behind only an airing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The Simpsons. It became the first episode to have beaten Have I Got News For You in the ratings, as that show only attracted 5.27 million viewers that week.
|Dimensions||1.15 x 0.8 x 0.4m|
|Power||8 x 20V batteries|
|Notes||Axe is custom built, weighs 7lb and generates 800kg of force|
|Team Members: John Reid, Dominic Parkinson & Rebecca Reaston-Brown|
|Dimensions||1.0 x 0.75 x 0.28m|
|Power||2 x 12V wheelchair batteries|
|Weapons||Wedge shape and 6' saw|
|Notes||Tank tracks made from motorcycle chains & cost only £28 to build|
|Team Members: John Denny & John Freeman|
|Dimensions||0.9 x 0.56 x 0.31m|
|Power||2 x 12V batteries|
|Weapons||Scoop and mild steel spikes|
|Notes||Mechanical speed controller built by team and motor from forklift truck|
|Team Members: Alan Wood, David Wood & Peter Holland|
|Dimensions||0.8 x 0.77 x 0.63m|
|Power||1 x 12V battery|
|Notes||Weapon salvaged from car jack and shell painted by Colin's wife, Jackie|
|From: Hurworth in Darlington|
|Team Members: Colin Sievers & Karl Sievers|
|Dimensions||1.3 x 1.23 x 0.55m|
|Power||2 x 12V batteries, 1 x 6V battery|
|Weapons||Pneumatic spike with static spikes and blades|
|Notes||Famous for being covered in flammable fur|
|From: Dublin, Ireland|
|Team Members: Peter Redmond, Joe Gavin, William Murphy & John Cunnane|
|Roadblock (seeded 1st)|
|Dimensions||1.6 x 1.1 x 0.45m|
|Power||4 x 12V batteries|
|Weapons||12' tungsten tipped circular saw|
|Notes||Reigning Robot Wars Champion, seeded number one|
|From: Bodmin Community College|
|Team Members: Hender Blewett, Chris Kinsey & Peter Kinsey|
| Left route: The Sentinel, two pits and Dead Metal.
Centre route: Ramrig, see-saw, spikes and Sir Killalot
|1||Roadblock||Its large width meant the Roadblock team could only take on the newly unveiled Sentinel. After being pinned to the wall by The Sentinel briefly, Roadblock got away but its large width almost caused it to drive into the pit. It escaped and drove away into the end zone.||Completed|
|2||Nemesis||Nemesis went for the ram rig (presumably because the flame pit and Sergeant Bash both featured in this route). After negotiating the ram rig with little difficulty it drove past Sergeant Bash and despite being blocked by Sir Killalot, Nemesis managed to find a gap and squeezed through to complete the course.||Completed|
|3||Limpet||The team had stuck part of a baguette on the back of the robot to be toasted by the flamethrower of Sergeant Bash. Unfortunately it didn't get that far as it was ambushed by Sir Killalot after it had gone over the ramp and Killalot cut through one of Limpet's tracks.||10.8m|
|4||Killerhurtz||Its incredible speed took it past the Sentinel and into the end zone in the blink of an eye but it had rammed into Dead Metal and despite causing damage to the House Robot, Dead Metal forced it back off the line and into the pit.||10.6m|
|5||Onslaught||Onslaught was quicker and smaller than Roadblock, and had less difficulty evading the Sentinel but it was having a problem with its tyres, which began to peel off, leaving it with very little grip. Towards the end of the course, Dead Metal caught hold of it, and pushed it back into The Sentinel's path. As The Sentinel turned back again, it hooked onto Onslaught, before sweeping it into the pit.||10.5m|
|6||R.O.C.S.||Despite its width it was able to get through the ramrig quite easily, but in the time it took, the House Robots had all moved across to block the route and it couldn't break through. Sir Killalot lifted it up and onto its side over the flame pit. In most heats the distance R.O.C.S. travelled would have been enough to qualify, but the distance was not enough in this case.||8.8m|
Competing order: 1. Roadblock 2. Onslaught 3. Nemesis 4. Killerhurtz 5. Limpet
|1||Killerhurtz||Immediately dived straight into the barrels and almost took out enough to go through on its first attack. Killerhurtz were even looking to get all the skittles down when it suddenly got stuck in reverse gear and shot backwards out of the triangle where the house robots could attack it.||64 barrels|
|2||Onslaught||Its scoop made it well suited to skittles and the team were so confident they had a go at Sergeant Bash before knocking any barrels over. Its speed made it extremely efficient and after the team felt they had done enough they went for another pop at Bash.||57 barrels|
|3||Nemesis||Its shape made pushing over barrels difficult but it managed to make it into the middle of the triangle and spun round, using its blades and spikes to knock over barrels.||38 barrels|
|4||Roadblock||Its scoop came in useful for tunnelling into the triangle although in some cases it only succeeded in pushing the barrels out the triangle and not over. Nevertheless it was making good progress when Killalot came in and pinned them until the end of the round, putting the reigning champions in danger of elimination.||34 barrels|
|5||Limpet||Despite having the chance to eliminate the reigning champions, Limpet was incredibly slow to get off the mark and without a lot of power the team struggled to make much of an impact against the barrels.||23 barrels|
Roadblock (1) vs. KillerhurtzEdit
Hoping to utilise its speed as an attacking advantage, Killerhurtz shot straight at Roadblock, putting a hole in the front scoop and bending their chassis, but doing little otherwise. The impact also broke the drive pins connecting Killerhurtz' gearbox to the rear wheels, leaving it immobilised. Roadblock used its scoop and wedge to get underneath Killerhurtz from the side and push into the PPZ, where it followed up by attacking it with its improved circular saw.
- "And Killerhurtz, in the PPZ, doesn't seem to be able to get away."
- — Jonathan Pearce
With Killerhurtz no longer mobile, the House Robots moved in to attack it, Shunt taking a hit from the Killerhurtz axe resulting in a bent scoop, before Dead Metal eventually finished it off by grabbing hold of it with its pincers, before pushing it into the pit.
Nemesis vs. OnslaughtEdit
- "The wedge on the front of Onslaught could be decisive here..."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Before the battle, the Nemesis team mounted a kebab between Nemesis' wheel arches, hoping that it would be cooked when its fur caught fire. Unfortunately, this was not to be - Onslaught's shovel and four-wheel drive made it simple for it to push the flat-edged, two wheel-driven Nemesis around the arena. During the fight, Onslaught was able to run rings around Nemesis with its speed, but briefly drove itself into the PPZ, from which it escaped. Towards the end, Nemesis seemed to have stopped moving next to the pit, allowing Onslaught to push the Irish machine into it.
- "Nemesis just sitting there really... OH, and towards the pit and finally in. The end for Nemesis."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Roadblock (1) vs. OnslaughtEdit
Roadblock approached Onslaught but Onslaught failed to move at all after 'activate' was called. Roadblock pushed Onslaught onto an arena spike but there was still no movement from it. Onslaught started smoking and Dead Metal and Shunt attacked Onslaught while Roadblock took on Sergeant Bash.
- "If you're weak, you'll be victimised, it's as simple as that."
- — Jonathan Pearce as the immobile Onslaught is attacked by the House Robots
Dead Metal snapped Roadblock's strimmer shaft with its claws in the dying seconds of the fight, but it didn't matter as Onslaught hadn't moved at all, meaning the defending Champion was through to the Semi-Finals.
- Craig Charles: "What, you wanted a right good rumble but you didn't get one?"
- Hender Blewitt: "That's right, that's right. We had to put up with Shunt instead"
- — Post-match talk
Heat Winner: Roadblock
- "I'll show you my robot, you show me yours, the biggest one wins, on Robot Wars!"
- — Craig Charles' sign-off
- Nemesis and Roadblock were once again placed in the same heat.
- This Heat introduced a new House Robot, The Sentinel, which would only appear in the Second Wars.
- Sgt. Bash was given a new saw to replace the one Panic Attack broke in the prior Heat.
- Dead Metal was also given a new saw, a steel-toothed concrete cutter to replace the old ineffective angle grinder.
- Limpet's score of 23 barrels in the Skittles trial would have been enough to top the leaderboard in Heat A.