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Heat E of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars was the fifth of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars. The episode featuring Heat E was originally broadcast on September 20, 2002 on BBC Choice and repeated on December 6, 2002 on BBC Two.

  • In Wild Thing's last Wars, it showed a significant decline, appearing to struggle at the hands of 259, and progressing through all three rounds on judges' decisions.
    • The 259/Wild Thing battle has been subject of controversy, as some people felt that it went against the precedent set in Heat D regarding a robot being immobilised by the end. On the other hand, others felt that the two cases were very different from each other, as 259 was completely immobilised, and not merely prevented from moving. Philippa Forrester was particularly upset by the events.
    • This was also Adam Clark's last appearance in the main competition.

Competing Robots

Newcomers

Infernal contraption
Infernal Contraption
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.35 x 0.68 x 0.83m
Power 4 x 24V motors
Weapons Spinning drum
Strengths Reversible weapon
Weaknesses Radio reception
From: Battersea in London
Team Members: Jonathan Pillai, Gary Ewer & Ray Thompson
Infinity
Infinity
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.29 x 1.35 x 1.04m
Power 4 x 750W motors
Weapons Claws & spikes
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Inexperienced team
From: Aberystwyth in Wales
Team Members: Carl Bater, Steve Fearn & Matt Meaney
The stag
The Stag
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.27 x 1.40 x 0.90m
Power 2 x 800W electric motors
Weapons Crushing pincers
Strengths Very powerful weapon
Weaknesses Exposed wheels
From: Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire
Team Members: Terry Martin, David Martin & Mark Pepper
Ufo
UFO
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.32 x 1.22 x 0.67m
Power 2 x 800W motors
Weapons Jaw and spikes
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Poor grip
From: Vale of Glamorgan in Wales
Team Members: Peter Whithers & Nic Browning
Vader
Vader
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.67 x 1.04 x 1.02m
Power 3 x 800W motors
Weapons Disc, spikes & scoop
Strengths Agility & control
Weaknesses Vulnerable to axe attack
From: Clacton-on-Sea in Essex
Team Members: Paul Rose, Simon Latham & Phillip Calthorpe

Veterans

259
259
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.77 x 1.10 x 0.80m
Power 600W motor
Weapons Vertical spinner
Strengths Potentially lethal weapon
Weaknesses Low strike rate
From: Chadwell Heath in Essex
Team Members: Adam Clark
Aggrobot 3
Aggrobot 3
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.36 x 1.50 x 1.07m
Power 2 x 500W motors
Weapons Cutting jaws and lifter
Strengths Fast, agile & tough
Weaknesses Subject to driver error
From: Dorking in Surrey
Team Members: Peter Leach, Bob Leach & Jon Leach
Wild Thing (seeded 9th)
Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.40 x 0.83 x 0.81m
Power 2 x 375W motors
Weapons Vertical cutting disc
Strengths Experienced competitor
Weaknesses Exposed tyres
From: Ash in Hampshire
Team Members: Nick Adams & Isabelle Adams

Round 1

Aggrobot 3 vs 259 vs Infernal Contraption vs Infinity

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259 attacking Infinty and Infernal Contraption

Aggrobot 3 began the match by running at Infinity and drove under it. 259 and Infernal Contraption drove around each other until 259 charged at Infernal Contraption, ripping pieces of armour off. Infinity then grabbed hold of Infernal Contraption and pushed it along the arena until 259 buckled it's claws with its ferocious spinning disc. 259 then attacked Infinity's back panel while Aggrobot pushed Infernal Contraption around a little bit.
Infinty

Infinity driving into the pit.

Infinity then got away from 259, pushed the pit release, drove over the pit which hadn't opened and spun back onto the pit which started to descend. 259 then attacked Infernal Contraption's wheels with shreds of rubber going everywhere. 259 delivered a couple more blows onto Infernal Contraption, which started spinning in circles and 259 delivered another hit which sent it bouncing along the arena wall and destroying Infernal Contraption's armour. 259 delivered another hit which also bounced along the arena wall. Infernal Contraption then tried to get down the pit while Refbot counted it out.

Qualified: Aggrobot 3 & 259

Wild Thing (9) vs The Stag vs Vader vs UFO

UFO vs The Stag

UFO pits The Stag

UFO slowly moved towards Vader as The Stag tried to grab hold of Wild Thing. They all stayed out of each other's reach for a couple of seconds before The Stag grabbed Wild Thing again. Vader cut the rubber of one of The Stag's wheels and then crumples one of the claws. The Stag then drives into Sir Killalot's Corner Patrol Zone and tried to grab Wild Thing again. Killalot picks it up and spins round, hitting a few lights in the progress.

Wild Thing vs Vader vs UFO

Wild Thing and UFO connect

Meanwhile, Vader and Wild Thing were hitting each other with UFO trying to hit them with its spike.

Wild Thing hit Vader with its cutting disc while UFO hit the pit release button. Refbot started to count The Stag out while Vader attacked UFO. Sir Killalot found the chicken mascot of The Stag and held it up with its claw. Wild Thing was being pushed against an angle grinder by Vader before UFO and Vader pull it away. Wild Thing seemed to be stuck on Vader. All of a sudden, the disc of Vader stopped spinning. To finish the match UFO pushed The Stag down the pit. The judges put Wild Thing and Vader through to Round 2.

Qualified: Wild Thing & Vader

Round 2

Vader vs Aggrobot 3

Vader vs Aggrobot

The fatal hit.

Aggrobot didn't move very much at the start of the battle while Vader chased it. Aggrobot then reversed onto Vader's spinning disc, flicking it over. The blow seemed to immobilize Aggrobot as Vader slammed into it again. After one more blow, Dead Metal grabbed hold of Aggrobot and carved into it.

Aggrobot III Corpse

Aggrobot just before being pitted.

Vader then attacked the gripping claws on the back of Aggrobot while Refbot counted it out. Dead Metal pushed it along the arena floor as Matilda pressed the pit release. Dead Metal whacked Aggrobot into the pit with one of its clamping claws.

Winner: Vader

Wild Thing (9) vs 259

259 vs Wild Thing

259 tosses Wild Thing around.

Wild Thing ran away from 259 at the start of the battle. But, 259 came on the attack as it flung Wild Thing through the air a couple of times. Wild Thing then got stuck on the back of 259 for a while. 259 slammed into the arena wall to get Wild Thing off but when 259 sliced into Wild Thing again, the belt for the disc came off. It was then 259 who started to run away and hit the pit release button. Wild Thing tried to push it down but 259 moved away. Wild Thing kept piggybacking on 259 and also pushed it onto the flame pit a couple of times. 259 stopped moving towards the end of the battle. The battle went to a judges decision and they voted for Wild Thing.

Winner: Wild Thing

Final

Wild Thing (9) vs Vader

Wild Thing vs Vader

Vader attacks Wild Thing

Wild Thing charged straight towards Vader at the start and Vader flung Wild Thing away using its very strong disc. Vader ran away before Wild Thing charged at it again. Vader swung round as it tried to hit Wild Thing but Shunt gave it a blow from its axe. Wild Thing and Vader pushed each other for a while before Sir Killalot separated the two. Vader hung over the flame pit while trying to hit Wild Thing. As Vader moved away, it stopped. Wild Thing hit Vader a few more times before it ran away. Vader was pushed by Wild Thing into Shunt's corner patrol zone and Shunt gave Vader a few more whacks with its axe. The second blow hit Vader's spinning blade, stopping it for a few seconds.

Wild Thing stuck

Wild Thing's blade stuck in Vader's Armour

Wild Thing's blade got stuck in Vader's armour. Refbot and Sir Killalot tried to separate the two. Shunt managed to separate the two by lifting Vader. Vader then drove across the arena to the pit release and activated it. They lingered around the pit and drove away as cease was called. The judges decided that Wild Thing was the winner.

Heat Winner: Wild Thing

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— Craig Charles' sign-off
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