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"Life is full of little aggravations: tourists who ask the way to Lei-cester square, open toed sandals with white socks, David Hasselhoff! And over the course of the week, these aggravations grow and grow until you're saying to yourself, “the next person that pokes me in the eye with an umbrella will get it shoved....” All right, I’ll calm down! Some people turn to therapy, some people turn to jelly, some people turn to mechanical killing machines and fight it out on Robot Wars. But they don’t just vent anger, they vent fumes. Let's get cathartic!"
— Craig Charles' introduction

Heat I of Robot Wars: The Second Wars was the ninth of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Second Wars. The episode featuring Heat I was originally broadcast on January 15, 1999 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 5.58 million viewers, a decrease of 360,000 viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked second in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 11-17 January, behind only Gimme Gimme Gimme.

A behind-the-scenes spin-off episode was also broadcast on Robot Wars Revealed on BBC Choice.

Competing robots

Newcomers

All Torque
All Torque
Weight 77.8kg
Dimensions 1.4 x 0.92 x 0.4m
Speed 20mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 505mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons 2 grinding wheels and spikes
Notes Body made from galvanised steel, mesh and aluminium
From: Edinburgh
Team Members: Martyn Sloss, Richie McBride & Robin Iddon
King buxton
King Buxton
Weight 78.0kg
Dimensions 0.9 x 0.85 x 0.27m
Speed 18mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Moveable titanium spikes
Notes 3mm aluminium shell and four wheel drive
From: Hornchurch in Essex
Team Members: Simon Harrison, Steve Monk & Phil Brett
Prometheus
Prometheus
Weight 73.6kg
Dimensions 1.2 x 0.7 x 0.36m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 0.5m
Ground Clearance 5-25mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Angle grinder and forklift
Notes Motors salvaged from 4 different cars in a scrapyard
From: Beverley in Yorkshire
Team Members: Nigel Sealey & Sarah Burton
Robo Doc1
Robo Doc
Weight 79.9kg
Dimensions 1.0 x 0.78 x 0.54m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons 70kg lifting arm
Notes Robo Doc took 4 months to build at a cost of £1000
From: Rushden in Northamptonshire
Team Members: Mike Franklin, Jason Smith & Paul Johnson
Rottweiler
Rottweiler
Weight 79.8kg
Dimensions 1.24 x 1.65 x 0.68m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 1 x 12V battery
Weapons Hardened steel spikes
Notes Driven by 2 x 24V wheelchair motors running at 5000rpm
From: Torquay
Team Members: Dominic Rott, Werner Rott & Bill Blakey

Veterans

Cruella 2
Cruella
Weight 78.9kg
Dimensions 1.1 x 0.7 x 0.3m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 12mm
Power 1 x 12V battery
Weapons 6" circular saw
Notes Sinclair C5 motors. Weapon powered by Ford Granada wiper motor
From: University of East London
Team Members: Philip Martin & Michelle Wheeley

Gauntlet

Left Route Centre Route Right Route
The Sentinel, Sir Killalot and two pits.. Spikes, static ramp, barrels, Sphere and Matilda. Ramrig, flame pit, pendulum and Sergeant Bash


King Buxton

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King Buxton's final resting place after being held back by the House Robots

King Buxton turned towards the ram rig route, shaking erratically, seeming to have control problems as it momentarily went back to the start. It reversed towards the spikes, narrowly avoiding them. King Buxton went up the ramp, but fell off halfway. Ramming one of the tank traps, it reversed away and charged at the sphere, only to be blocked by Matilda. The sphere rolled away, as King Buxton reversed for another charge. It got past Matilda, but Sir Killalot caught it and lifted it up. Dropping down, Sergeant Bash torched it, then Killalot pinned it down with his lance. Matilda rammed it from behind, while Sergeant Bash continued to burn it. King Buxton made no further progress, battered by Killalot and Matilda until cease was called.

Robo Doc

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Robo Doc is lifted by Sir Killalot, who has caught fire

Robo Doc started its run by darting towards the ramp route, lifted by Matilda momentarily, but quickly got on the ramp. It battered the barrels down, then ended its run on the ramp early to avoid Sir Killalot. Unfortunately, Sergeant Bash was one step ahead as he blocked the tank-like robot. It turned away, only to be blocked by Sir Killalot, and then torched by Sergeant Bash. Matilda closed in also, attempting to use her chainsaw. Pinned by the three, Robo Doc was repeatedly flamed by Sergeant Bash. Sir Killalot grappled Robo Doc and lifted it up, then Sergeant Bash shockingly torched Robo Doc and Sir Killalot, causing the latter to catch fire. As cease was called, Robo Doc had made a reasonable run.

Prometheus

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The Sentinel blocks Prometheus

Prometheus started well, moving towards the ramp and going up it. It appeared to be stuck for a few seconds, but reversed away. It reversed off the ramp altogether afterwards, then went to The Sentinel's route. It made a good burst of speed and covered a large area of the gauntlet, but was blocked by The Sentinel. The spike on it pierced through Prometheus' armour, then Sir Killalot closed in. It was shunted backwards, but managed to push back against Sir Killalot. It was forced back quickly though, then lifted. In the dying seconds Prometheus was almost pitted, but just avoided that fate until the end.

Craig Charles: "Why did you change your mind? You went up the see-saw and then [went a different way]."
Nigel Sealey: "I was attempting to distract [the House Robots], I was hoping they'd go that way and I'd go the other, but they're faster than you think."
— Prometheus explain their sudden change of routes.

Rottweiler

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Sir Killalot cuts a spike off Rottweiler

Rottweiler started quickly, but appeared to have some control problems as it spun around on the spot whilst trying to go over the ramp. The house robots then came in and Sergeant Bash cut into Rottweiler's armour. Matilda then tried to flip Rottweiler, but it fell off the ramp and became stuck, sparing Rottweiler from damage until Sir Killalot cut one of Rottweiler's spikes off.

Cruella

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Sir Killalot pins Cruella into the ramrig

Cruella decided to go for the ram rig route, hitting it on its way there, but reversed to take a run at it. However, it became stuck on the ram rig once, then turned, but got stuck again. Sergeant Bash rammed and flamed it, freeing Cruella. Because Sergeant Bash was now blocking that route, it reversed away and slammed into a wall backwards. It turned to the ramp route, but turned away as Matilda sliced into Cruella with her chainsaw. It spun madly, as Sir Killalot closed in. Killalot pushed it against the saws in the ram rig route and trampled its wedge. Cruella was pinned for the rest of the run, putting it last on the leaderboard.

"Grinding, punishing, penetrating, piercing, puditive... pathetic."
— Jonathan Pearce as Cruella is trampled.

All Torque

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All Torque is held back by the House Robots

All Torque's initial target was the ramp route, as it smoothly got on to the ramp. It made a powerful charge as it burst through the barrels, but became beached on one as it stopped next to Matilda. She pinned All Torque down until Sir Killalot and Sergeant Bash closed in, as Bash fired a lick of flame on it. Buffeted by Matilda, she then used her spark gun on All Torque. Sir Killalot lifted it into the air, as Sergeant Bash charred the underbelly of it. All Torque started smoking, however it reversed and made another charge, but was blocked by Sir Killalot. Matilda lifted it up in the last seconds, as it was revealed that All Torque was on fire. Nonetheless, All Torque came top of the leaderboard.

Results

Rank Robot Distance
1
All Torque 11.2m
2
Robo Doc 10.9m
3
King Buxton 10.6m
4
Prometheus 6.8m
5
Rottweiler 3.5m
6
Cruella 1.9m

Trial (Joust)

King Buxton

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King Buxton rides up Matilda's tusks

King Buxton drove up the ramp, awkwardly getting two wheels caught on the side, but made it to the middle. King Buxton slammed into Matilda in the centre of the arena and lifted up on the tusks. Matilda turned and drove forwards, depositing King Buxton off the platform where cease was called.

Robo Doc

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Robo Doc is flipped up

Robo Doc eased its way up the ramp and whizzed into Matilda, who slid under Robo Doc's ground clearance and flipped. Robo Doc rode up the tusks and was turned over as Matilda threw a shower of sparks everywhere. Robo Doc was then pinned between the lip of the ramp and Matilda, with the invertible machine spinning its tracks to keep it in place.

All Torque

All Torque beats Matilda

Matilda is shoved back to the edge

All Torque sped up the ramp and passed the middle platform before Matilda could get there. All Torque slammed into the House Robot at the point the ramp changed angle, pinning them both in place temporarily. All Torque extricated itself, reversed and then drove forwards, getting under Matilda. All Torque managed to turn Matilda sideways at the base of the ramp, and after a few slams, got past Matilda and to the end zone.

Prometheus

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Prometheus is pushed by Matilda

Matilda was the quicker robot to the top of the ramp, as Prometheus struggled to climb in a straight line. Matilda waited for a few seconds, but eventually drove down the ramp and shoved Prometheus back into the start zone.

Nigel Sealey: "We sort of expected that."
Craig Charles: "Why did you expect that?"
Nigel Sealey: "We just haven't have the power in the motors to get up the incline."
— Prometheus on why this event was not suited to them

Rottweiler

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Matilda lifts Prometheus into the fence

Rottweiler struggled at the start, getting twisted and unable to climb the ramp. Matilda simply drove down and shoved Rottweiler all the way to the back wall, further back than Prometheus was, eliminating Rottweiler.

Results

Rank Robot Distance
1
All Torque 13.6m
2
King Buxton 6.95m
3
Robo Doc 6.10m
4
Prometheus -2.10m
5
Rottweiler -2.80m

Arena

Semi Finals

Robo Doc vs. King Buxton

King Buxton pushes Robodoc

King Buxton rams Robo Doc from the side

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Robo Doc is forced towards the Pit

The first battle of the infamous rivalry, Robo Doc was hit side-on by King Buxton, who shoved it with little trouble, into the PPZ, where it was buffeted by the pendulum, Matilda and Dead Metal. Robo Doc then rammed King Buxton, but was easily overpowered and pushed into Shunt before its own lifter could get put into play. After having some close shaves with the pit, almost reversing in and then almost pushed in by the combined efforts of Matilda and King Buxton, the match went to the judges, with Robo Doc ending the fight upside down. King Buxton were awarded the victory.

Winner: King Buxton

All Torque vs. Prometheus

Prometheus All Torque disc

Prometheus' saw spins off into the distance

Prometheus on pit

Prometheus gets caught on the pit

All Torque immediately rammed Prometheus' side and caused it to skid onto the flame pit, Prometheus caught fire briefly and then All Torque slotted behind it and attempted to push it into the pit, but backed off halfway then rammed Prometheus again, but still failing to get it down. Prometheus darted to the other side of the arena, but All Torque was quick to catch up to it and swung around, slamming into Prometheus. Prometheus turned away from All Torque, but the circular saw at the front of it was knocked off by the pendulum. Prometheus turned towards the pit and got stuck on the edge, so All Torque rammed it in.

Winner: All Torque

Final

King Buxton vs. All Torque

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The two competing machines lock horns

All Torque stuck on pit

King Buxton pushes All Torque onto the pit

Both robots shot out of their starting areas almost instantly, but King Buxton turned to the side so All Torque battered into it. The two ran past each other, then King Buxton turned around and attempted to get behind All Torque, but couldn't. Instead it rammed All Torque head on, All Torque began by pushing King Buxton back first but was shoved back itself soon enough. King Buxton pushed it all the way onto the edge of the pit, then repeatedly hammered into the beached machine. Sir Killalot soon put it out of its misery and nudged it in.

Heat Winner: King Buxton

"Warning all countries, defend your shores, you're being invaded, by Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Trivia

  • This heat marked the beginning of King Buxton and Team 101's famous rivalry.
  • This heat contained the only occurrence of a robot completing the Joust trial, when All Torque pushed past Matilda.
  • This heat was one of two episodes containing the gauntlet that would see no competitor complete it, the other being Heat L of the Second Wars.
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