- "Tornado... reigning champions... they're back. But here to usurp their crown, seven pretenders to the throne, come ariding on the wings of Heat E, doom and destruction! Tornado's twist and turn, but will the storm be blown out? Unique, powerful, intensely driven - Tornado, the title defence starts here!"
- — Jonathan Pearce's introduction
Heat E of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars was the fifth of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. The episode featuring Heat E was originally broadcast on November 30, 2003 on Five.
- 1 Competing robots
- 2 Round 1
- 3 Round 2
- 4 Final
- 5 Special Event
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
Competing robots[edit | edit source]
Newcomers[edit | edit source]
|Dimensions||0.28 x 1.22 x 0.74m|
|Weapons||Large spinning disc|
|Strengths||Powerful offensive weapon|
|From: Mirfield, West Yorkshire|
|Team Members: Stuart Bunting, Bill Hoare & Stuart Hoare|
|Dimensions||0.39 x 0.96 x 0.73m|
|Power||1 x 800W motor|
|Strengths||Strong & fast|
|From: Buxton, Derbyshire|
|Team Members: David McClachlan, David McClachlan & Lee Hattersley|
Veterans[edit | edit source]
|Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit|
|Dimensions||0.51 x 0.75 x 1.15m|
|Power||250W bicycle HUB motors|
|Strengths||It's made of plastic|
|Weaknesses||It's made of plastic|
|From: Horsham, West Sussex|
|Team Members: Simon Rafferty, Christopher Watts & Guy Radford|
|Dimensions||0.42 x 0.91 x 0.66m|
|Strengths||Very strong steel frame|
|Weaknesses||No armour underneath|
|From: Stanwick, Northamptonshire|
|Team Members: Ian Lockhart, Scott Lockhart & Tony Tobbell|
|Dimensions||0.34 x 1.28 x 1.06m|
|Power||4 x 36V motors|
|Weapons||2 x Pincers & spinning discs|
|Strengths||Reliable electrical system|
|Weaknesses||We built it|
|From: Chesham, Buckinghamshire|
|Team Members: Gordon Johnston, Chris Delph & Ryan Delph|
|Dimensions||0.26 x 1.34 x 0.86m|
|Power||3 x 30AMP motors|
|Strengths||Strong & simple|
|From: Ludlow, Shropshire|
|Team Members: Paul Snook, Conrad Snook & Luke Angell|
|Statistics not displayed|
|From: Burgess Hill, West Sussex|
|Team Members: Pete Collier & Steve Bracewell|
|Tornado (seeded 1st)|
|Dimensions||0.25 x 0.85 x 0.75m|
|Power||2 x 750W electric motors|
|Weaknesses||Vulnerable to flippers|
|From: Sawtry, Cambridgeshire|
|Team Members: Andrew Marchant, David Gamble & Bryan Moss|
Round 1[edit | edit source]
Tornado (1) vs Sawpoint 2 vs Ewe 2 vs Devastator[edit | edit source]
Tornado started quickly and pushed Devastator across the arena, slamming it into the arena wall. Meanwhile, Ewe 2 tried to flip Sawpoint 2 but struggled to get underneath. Having escaped from Mr. Psycho in one CPZ, Devastator was then pushed by Tornado into Matilda in another CPZ.
- "And that tail blade of Matilda: pink, lurid, awful. Devastator saw it, and ran away."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Having still not managed to get underneath Sawpoint 2, Ewe 2 activated the pit release button. Meanwhile, Tornado had pushed Devastator and Sawpoint 2 into the CPZ where they were attacked by both house robots. Both robots escaped, but then Sawpoint 2 appeared to stop moving near the pit and Ewe 2 slowly pushed it in.
- "Can it get enough traction to just move away, Sawpoint 2? It's agonising, it's... over."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sawpoint 2 eventually drops into the pit
Then Ewe 2 and Tornado teamed up to push Devastator into the pit as well.
Qualified: Tornado & Ewe 2
Leveller 2 vs Tetanus Booster vs Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit vs Thunderpants[edit | edit source]
Prior to the battle, both of Thunderpants's drive belts came off as it attempted to drive into the arena, leaving it immobile inside the entry gate. Despite attempts by Team Panda to repair their robot (not shown in the televised episode), Thunderpants was given a red card from Refbot, immediately eliminating it from the battle.
- "To be honest, this has been utter pants in previous wars, and looks as if it is again! Come on, you've got to get out of those doors to compete! Refbot? Red card! Thunderpants has gone already!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
In the actual battle itself, Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit launched an attack on Leveller 2, and then a second attack which turned Leveller 2 upside-down. Leveller 2 self-righted but Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit continued to attack and the force of its spinning drum flipped Leveller 2 over once again. However, after this attack Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit stopped moving and was counted out by Refbot, just as Tetanus Booster launched an attack on Leveller 2 which sent a panel flying off its opponent.
- "Tetanus Booster, very, very impressive so far"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tetatnus Booster shreds the back panel off of Leveller 2
Another attack by Tetanus Booster flipped Leveller 2 over once again and caused further damage, but Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit had now been counted out so the other two machines were through to the next round. Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit was sent flying by the arena flipper and pitted by Mr. Psycho before cease was called.
Qualified: Leveller 2 & Tetanus Booster
Round 2[edit | edit source]
Leveller 2 vs Tornado (1)[edit | edit source]
The two robots squared up and Leveller 2 was able to flip Tornado over and render its scoop usless as it was now the wrong way up. However, Tornado was able to push Leveller 2 into the arena wall in the CPZ, and Sir Killalot and Shunt came in on the attack. Leveller 2 escaped the CPZ and flipped Tornado back over as the defending champion came in on the attack. Tornado then pushed Leveller 2 back into the CPZ and then into the wall on the other side of the arena. Tornado continued to push Leveller 2 around, pushing it into an angle grinder and then into another CPZ, before activating the pit release button.
- "The pit is descending, and their hopes now, are just beginning to drain away. They've been mercilessly, mercilessly pursued by Tornado."
- — Jonathan Pearce on Leveller 2
Tornado pushed Leveller 2 into the clutches of Sir Killalot, who lifted it off the ground and dropped it onto the flame pit. Leveller 2 was then attacked by both house robots in the CPZ as Tornado watched on, before deciding to slam its opponent into the arena wall.
- "I think Tornado, once again, will prove, the machine to beat in Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Leveller 2 escaped, but Tornado chased it and tried to push it into the open pit, until Leveller 2 eventually drove into the pit itself as it tried to escape.
Tetanus Booster vs Ewe 2[edit | edit source]
Both robots started slowly, but they eventually engaged in battle with Tetanus Booster attacking Ewe 2 with its spinning weapon. Ewe 2 kept getting in position to use its flipping weapon, but the attack never came and it continued to take damage from Tetanus Booster. Eventually, Ewe 2 activated the pit release button and tried to push Tetanus Booster, but took damage from it opponent in the process as a piece of bodywork flew across the arena.
- "We see metal flying! That's the first moment of decision, in this second round battle."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tetanus Booster inflicts damage on Ewe 2
Ewe 2 continued to get underneath Tetanus Booster but seemed unable or unwilling to use its flipper and simply tried to push Tetanus Booster around the arena, but the two were evenly matched. Eventually, Tetanus Booster slowed down considerably and its spinning weapon stopped moving, so Ewe 2 was able to push into the arena walls and one of the angle grinders before pushing Tetanus Booster into the CPZ.
- "And the clock will tick down, so, the judges will have to decide. Who will be the bot to go through to the heat final? Goodness me, that was close."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Cease was called with both robots still technically mobile, and the judges controversially went for Tetanus Booster, despite its lack of mobility at the end.
- Craig Charles: "What were the judges thinking, tell me, I don't understand it!"
- Team Tetanus: "I'll give them the money now!"
- — Justification of a controversial victory
Winner: Tetanus Booster
Final[edit | edit source]
Tornado (1) vs Tetanus Booster[edit | edit source]
Tornado quickly got underneath Tetanus Booster with its scoop and slammed it into the arena wall multiple times. Tetanus Booster tried to escape but Tornado was much quicker and caught up with it easily, slamming it into Cassius Chrome and then into an angle grinder.
- "There is no hiding place, no respite, for Tetanus Booster. Where will they get a boost from out there in the warzone?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tornado relentlessly attacks Tetanus Booster
Tetanus Booster was then pushed into a CPZ and attacked by Shunt. The pit was opened and Tetanus Booster tried to run away, but Tornado caught up with it and slammed it once again into the arena wall and then into the CPZ. Tetanus Booster kept trying to escape but Tornado continued to attack and pushed it around the arena, eventually pushing it right onto the edge of the pit and finally nudged it down into the pit of oblivion.
- "A tremendously brave performance by Tetanus Booster ends right now, and Tornado, the reigning champs, continue the defence of the crown. Unlucky the Tetanus Booster team, they've met just about the best there is in Robot Wars."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Heat Winner: Tornado
- "Once again, the Tornado has blown down the doors, the reigning Champions are back, on Robot Wars!"
- — Craig Charles' sign-off
Special Event[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Featherweight Championship
Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat (except Heat I), a 'Special Event' was shown. For Heat E, it was a featherweight battle featuring robots weighing no more than 12 kg. In the second of three qualifiers, seven robots entered the arena, with two qualifying for the final later in the series.
Qualified: Bernard & DTK
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- "Heat E" as seen on TV was actually Heat A. During production, the two heats were swapped around and aired out of order. It is believed by some people that this was done because only seven robots competed (due to Thunderpants breaking down before entering the arena) and, had it aired in order, both of the first two heats would have had this problem (as Terrorhurtz would be disqualified from the next heat). This is the third time that two heats have been swapped around from their original line-up (in Series 2, Heats B and D were also swapped around, and in Series 4, Heat F and M were swapped around in the hope to continue the Team Chaos and Team Mace rivalry).
- Interestingly enough, Heat F of the Fourth Wars was also Tornado's debut heat, meaning it was in two heats that swapped orders.
- Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit kept up its sequence of being pitted every time it lost.
- Tornado used a lifter in its heat final, ensuring every heat final in the Seventh Wars had at least one robot with a flipper or lifter.
- All veterans bar Tornado returned with completely new robots or older ones under a different name, although Tornado did return with new weaponry since the rule changes of Series 7.
- This was therefore the first time Tornado used its chain flail and electric lifter.
- Leveller 2's statistics board featured a spelling error, causing it to be known as 'Leveler 2'.
References[edit | edit source]