"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 huge great containers, with very large things written on the side in six foot high red letters. Indeed, 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.

Competing Robots[edit | edit source]

Newcomers[edit | edit source]

Killerhurtz S2.png
Weight 77.8kg
Dimensions 1.15 x 0.8 x 0.4m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 1m
Ground Clearance 10mm
Power 8 x 20V batteries
Weapons Pneumatic axe
Notes Axe is custom built, weighs 7lb and generates 800kg of force
From: Oxford
Team Members: John Reid, Dominic Parkinson & Rebecca Reaston-Brown
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Weight 79.6kg
Dimensions 1.0 x 0.75 x 0.28m
Speed 4mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 25mm
Power 2 x 12V wheelchair batteries
Weapons Wedge shape and 6' saw
Notes Tank tracks made from motorcycle chains & cost only £28 to build
From: Hinckley
Team Members: John Denny & John Freeman
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Weight 76.1kg
Dimensions 0.9 x 0.56 x 0.31m
Speed 7mph
Turning Circle 2m
Ground Clearance 5mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Scoop and mild steel spikes
Notes Mechanical speed controller built by team and motor from forklift truck
From: Bedford
Team Members: Alan Wood, David Wood & Peter Holland
Weight 79.8kg
Dimensions 0.8 x 0.77 x 0.63m
Speed 6mph
Turning Circle 3m
Ground Clearance 12.5mm
Power 1 x 12V battery
Weapons Forklift
Notes Weapon salvaged from car jack and shell painted by Colin's wife, Jackie
From: Hurworth in Darlington
Team Members: Colin Sievers & Karl Sievers

Veterans[edit | edit source]

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Weight 74.5kg
Dimensions 1.3 x 1.23 x 0.55m
Speed 6mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
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
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Roadblock (seeded 1st)
Weight 80.9kg
Dimensions 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.45m
Speed 5mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 5mm
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

The Gauntlet[edit | edit source]

Left Route Centre Route Right Route
The Sentinel, two pits and Dead Metal. Ramrig, see-saw, spikes and Sir Killalot Ramrig, flame pit, and Sergeant Bash

Roadblock[edit | edit source]

Roadblock is pinned by The Sentinel

Roadblock drove out of the start zone and headed down the left path, weaving around a floor spike. It eased up and stopped, waiting for the arm of The Sentinel to move out of the way, and headed onwards as it did. The Sentinel retaliated and closed the gap, pinning Roadblock into the wall twice. Roadblock reversed a tiny bit, which forced The Sentinel to relent, and Roadblock headed through, edging close to the second pit but crossed the line without any other issues.

Hender Blewett: "That thing's huge!"
Craig Charles: "It is big, but you just slipped by it"
— Roadblock's reaction to being the first team to face The Sentinel

Onslaught[edit | edit source]

The Sentinel pits Onslaught

Onslaught turned onto the left path and headed towards The Sentinel, which initially blocked Onslaught, redirecting it into the wall. Onslaught reversed and was almost pushed into the first pit by The Sentinel, but was able to drive forwards. Onslaught was once again fed into the wall and held there. The Sentinel allowed Onslaught to get moving and it headed forwards, but was met by Dead Metal. Dead Metal held Onslaught back and The Sentinel followed up behind, poking Onslaught as Dead Metal attacked with its saw. The Sentinel swung round again, caught the back of Onslaught and spun it into the second pit.

Nemesis[edit | edit source]

Nemesis squeezes past Sir Killalot

Nemesis turned towards the right route to first navigate the ramrig obstacle. Nemesis moved in straight, but was turned slightly halfway down, and had to readjust. This time allowed the ramrig to close and lightly trap Nemesis at the end. Nemesis escaped, but had Sergeant Bash baring down on it, and the house robot started attacking with its flamethrower on the famously flammable fur of Nemesis. Nemesis managed to wiggle past the pendulum, but was bounced by Sergeant Bash, who eventually set fire to the top of Nemesis. Nemesis got past Bash and drove over the flame pit where Dead Metal and Sir Killalot were waiting. Now with one whole side on fire, Nemesis squeezes towards Sir Killalot, and as the House Robot reversed, Nemesis was able to reach the end zone.

Craig Charles: "You went out in a ball of flames in the last war, I would have thought you'd have learned"
Peter Redmond: "Well, if you're gonna cover a robot in fur, you might as well take the fire"
Craig Charles: "I thought you were going to use some flame proof material or something"
William Murphy: "Not at all, burn it that's what I say, burn it to hell"
— Team Nemesis showing their attitude hasn't changed between series'

R.O.C.S.[edit | edit source]

R.O.C.S. is picked up by Sir Killalot

R.O.C.S. drove to the right route and attempted the ramrig, but the rig closed and trapped R.O.C.S. in the centre. When the ramrig opened, R.O.C.S. drove out and stopped to allow the pendulum to swing away. Sergeant Bash drove into R.O.C.S. as it moved forwards and pushed back. Sir Killalot drove in and lifted his lance up, just caught the base of R.O.C.S.'s lifter and tipped it up on its side. Unable to move, R.O.C.S. stopped there as Cease was called, and righted by Dead Metal afterwards.

Limpet[edit | edit source]

Sir Killalot drives over Limpet

Limpet aimed for the middle route, avoiding the ramrig and deciding to climb the ramp. As it reached the middle of the see-saw, Sir Killalot pulled it down with his claw as he was waiting at the other end. Limpet tried to drive around Sir Killalot, but the House Robot pressured Limpet into the wall and eventually drove on top of the competitor. Sir Killalot drove off Limpet after spinning his tracks and Dead Metal drove across to hold Limpet. Sir Killalot moved in and cut one of the tracks on Limpet, leaving it immobilse as Cease was called.

Killerhurtz[edit | edit source]

Dead Metal pins Killerhurtz close to the end

Killerhurtz flew out of the start zone down the left route. A quick burst of speed saw Killerhurtz fly past The Sentinel and smash into Dead Metal, bouncing the House Robot out of the way and ripping the rear armour off. Killerhurtz was trapped in Dead Metal's claws and almost made it over the finish line.

"Oh off the line by Dead Metal, did they cross the line? Come on judges I'm sure they were through"
— Jonathan Pearce

However, Dead Metal pushed Killerhurtz back and into The Sentinel, which swung around and pushed Killerhurtz back and into the pit. Despite almost crossing the line, the judges didn't accept it and Killerhurtz was awarded 10.6m, the distance to its final resting place in the pit.

Results[edit | edit source]

Rank Robot Distance
Roadblock Completed
Nemesis Completed
Limpet 10.8m
Killerhurtz 10.6m
Onslaught 10.5m
R.O.C.S. 8.8m

Trial (Skittles)[edit | edit source]

Roadblock[edit | edit source]

Roadblock in the triangle. Note: how most of the barrels have been moved but not knocked over

Roadblock drove at the Skittles, but its lack of top speed meant it was only able to knock over the first pile,and was bounced away by their weight. Roadblock moved down the right side but stopped. It waited and then moved through a corner, pushing a handful of barrels out. Roadblock turned and went back through, turning halfway and carving a line through the barrels, but importantly only seemed to move them out of the way, rather than knock many over. Sir Killalot drove in and pinned Roadblock down for the last few seconds, leaving Roadblock with a score of 34.

Onslaught[edit | edit source]

Onslaught attacks Sergeant Bash

Onslaught didn't aim for the barrels straight away, instead heading to Sergeant Bash and circling the House Robot. Onslaught reversed away, taking out some of the first barrels, before turning and burrowing into the main pile. Onslaught turned and reversed its way through the middle, knocking a load of barrels over and circling around having done enough, Onslaught drove out of the triangle and attacked Sergeant Bash and Dead Metal.

Nemesis[edit | edit source]

Nemesis attacks barrels in the triangle

A bandaged Nemesis drove into the skittles, knocking the first pile over but getting stuck trying to topple more. Nemesis turned sideways and started to take more barrels out, spinning around and using its rear spike to poke some over. Sergeant Bash sat in view, throwing flames at the flammable fur, but Nemesis carried on regardless, pushing more barrels out of the way. Cease was called and Nemesis had two trophies, one barrel sitting atop the chassis, and one impaled on a spike.

"We gave it our best shot, we weren't really designed well for pushing over barrels"
— Peter Redmond

Killerhurtz[edit | edit source]

Killerhurtz takes out a load of barrels with its first attack

"Killerhurtz, the Formula 1 of our robots"
— Jonathan Pearce referencing Killerhurtz's speed and power

Killerhurtz accelerated quickly, smashing through the entire pile of barrels in its first attack. Killerhurtz turned and drove through the other corner of barrels and moved through the triangle. Sergeant Bash flicked his flamethrower at Killerhurtz, but the competitor simply reversed and drove through the last few barrels still upright. However, with the last few to go, Killerhurtz reversed into the wall and was attacked by Sir Killalot.

"It stuck in reverse, there was a problem with the speed controller"
— John Reid

Limpet[edit | edit source]

Limpet under a few barrels

Limpet drove slowly to the edge of the triangle and moved in, taking out a few barrels. However, Limpet subsequently blew a speed controller and lost the ability to turn left and right[1]. It reversed a couple of times, staying within the triangle while avoiding Sergeant Bash, but could not knock down many other barrels. Time ran out and Limpet finished with one barrel resting atop the robot, on a total of 23 barrels. John Denny notes that even if Limpet had outscored Roadblock, it would not have been able to continue in the competition[2].

Results[edit | edit source]

Rank Robot Barrels
Killerhurtz 64
Onslaught 57
Nemesis 38
Roadblock 34
Limpet 23

Arena[edit | edit source]

Semi-Finals[edit | edit source]

Roadblock (1) vs. Killerhurtz[edit | edit source]

Roadblock gets underneath Killerhurtz

Killerhurtz charged straight out of the blocks and slammed into the front of Roadblock, firing its axe upon impact, but missing the defending champions. Killerhurtz were left on Roadblock's wedge, and the Cornish robot simply pushed Killerhurtz across the arena and into the PPZ. Roadblock reversed and Killerhurtz slid off the wedge and stayed in the PPZ. Killerhurtz didn't move, so with Shunt waiting to attack, Roadblock turned around to utilise its cutting saw. Killerhurtz fired its axe, bending the top of Shunt's scoop. Roadblock gave up attacking with its saw and retreated.

"And Killerhurtz, in the PPZ, doesn't seem to be able to get away."
— Jonathan Pearce

The immobile Killerhurtz was left stuck in the PPZ and was attacked by all four house robots, with Dead Metal dragging Killerhurtz back and dropping it in the pit.

Craig Charles: "What went wrong?"
John Reid: "I think I hit it too hard, I broke something"
Craig Charles: "I had you down as one of the favourites, but you got bashed?"
John Reid: "It's just broken, it's my own fault."
— Killerhurtz try to diagnose their immobilisation

Winner: Roadblock

Nemesis vs. Onslaught[edit | edit source]

"The wedge on the front of Onslaught could be decisive here..."
— Jonathan Pearce

Nemesis catches Onslaught side on

Nemesis hangs on the edge of the pit as Onslaught prepares to deliver the final push

Before the battle, the Nemesis team mounted a kebab between Nemesis' wheel arches, hoping that it would be cooked when its fur caught fire. Onslaught was faster to start and weaved into the front of Nemesis, pushing it towards Sergeant Bash, who flicked flame at the flammable robot. Nemesis reversed and was pushed by Onslaught, but not far. Onslaught drove away, went under the pendulum and into the PPZ, where Dead Metal pressured it slightly. Onslaught eventually escaped and pushed Nemesis again, reversing back and scooping under Shunt. Onslaught managed to get a decent run across the arena and hit the dawdling Nemesis, pushing it relentlessly into the pit.

"Nemesis just sitting there really... OH, and towards the pit and finally in. The end for Nemesis."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Onslaught

Final[edit | edit source]

Roadblock (1) vs. Onslaught[edit | edit source]

Onslaught and Roadblock

Onslaught burns and Dead Metal slices in

Roadblock moved slowly forwards as Onslaught only seemed to turn its front wheels to steer, but didn't move otherwise. Roadblock drove under Onslaught, which was lifted by the floor spikes. Roadblock reversed into Sergeant Bash as Onslaught started smoking. Roadblock reversed in to cut with its saw and then left Onslaught to the House Robots, with Dead Metal and Shunt attacking.

"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

Onslaught promptly caught fire and Roadblock decided to try and push Sergeant Bash, but Matilda retaliated, flipping Roadblock up with her tusks and propping Roadblock into the wall. Dead Metal open his pincers and destroyed Roadblock's rear saw as Cease was called.

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nemesis and Roadblock were once again placed in the same heat.
    • The two Heat Finalists would also face off again in the following series, where Beast of Bodmin fought Onslaught.
    • The two eliminated heat semi-finalists would fight in Series 10, when Diotoir and Terrorhurtz were drawn against each other in the first round.
  • This Heat introduced a new House Robot, The Sentinel, which would only appear in the Second Wars.
  • Sergeant 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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Denny on the Robonerd 2020 livestream
  2. John Denny on the Robonerd 2020 livestream
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