Heat A of Robot Wars: The Third Wars was the first of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The episode featuring Heat A was originally broadcast on December 3, 1999 on BBC Two.

  • Heat A was the début of both Weeliwako and Stinger - the first torque reaction axlebots in Robot Wars. Stinger in particular would go on to great success, despite its poor performance in its fight against Mace 2.
  • This heat marked Suicidal Tendencies's only main competition loss in which it did not break down.
  • Mace 2 was the winner of the heat, one of only three of Series 2's semi-finalists to make the Series 3 semi-finalists.
  • Despite only being the Third Wars, this was the final opening heat of the main competition not to feature an OotA.

Competing Robots


Weight 77.9kg
Dimensions 0.24 x 1.14 x 0.69m
Clearance 0.06m
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Steel Spike
Notes Can Operate Upside-Down
From: Oldham
Team Members: Mike Mackenzie, Paul Mainwaring, Daniel Hudson
Forklift's revenge
Forklift's Revenge
Weight 77.2kg
Dimensions 0.55 x 0.94 x 0.65m
Clearance 0.05m
Power 4 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Toothed Chain Drive
Notes Cost £352.67
From: Ipswich
Team Members: John Benton, Bob Benton, Andrew Shorter
Red Dragon
Red Dragon
Weight 79.5kg
Dimensions 0.67 x 1.29 x 0.71m
Clearance 0.03 - 0.10m
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Pneumatic Claws & Lift
Notes Cost £1,398.70
From: Sunderland
Team Members: Tom Armstrong, Tom Armstrong Jr, Steve Armstrong
Stinger with pizza cutter
Weight 73.8kg
Dimensions 0.46 x 0.98 x 0.72m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons 5kg Tail Wheel
Notes Cost £750
From: Lincoln
Team Members: Kevin Scott, Karl Skinner, Jonathan Pillai
Suicidal Tendencies
Weight 72.1kg
Dimensions 0.29 x 0.99 x 0.55m
Clearance 0.04m
Power 1 x Mini Starter Motor
Weapons Milling Cutters
Notes Aluminium + Steel Shell
From: Derby
Team Members: Andrew Jeffrey, Martin Jeffrey, Charles Binns
Weight 78.3kg
Dimensions 1.43 x 0.57 x 1.00m
Clearance 0.03m
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Spikes
Notes Aluminium Beer Barrel Body
From: Brighton
Team Members: John Wyatt, Lorne Baker, Raymond Taylor


Mace 2
Mace 2
Weight 78.6kg
Dimensions 0.37 x 1.14 x 0.77m
Clearance 0.03m
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Lift & Ram At The Front
Notes Aluminium Body
From: East Sussex
Team Members: Shane Howard, Brian Fountain
Raizer blade
Raizer Blade
Weight 77.8kg
Dimensions 0.59 x 1.68 x 0.76m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Chainsaw & Hydraulic Lift
Notes Aluminium + Steel Shell
From: Cambridge
Team Members: Paul Hart, Howard Andrews, Steve Scotcher

Round 1

Stinger vs Mace 2

Mace 2 vs stinger

Mace 2 deflects an attack from Stinger

Stinger vs mace 2

Stinger topples into the pit

Stinger in pit

Stinger in the pit

Mace 2 started much faster and closed the distance between the robots, reaching Stinger just as it began to move. Stinger braked and swung its weapon across, but Mace 2 was too close and the attack was simply deflected onto the ground.

"And again Stinger crashes that great grinding wheel against the floor of the arena - what on earth for? Wasted energy there!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Stinger moved away and attempted to swing its weapon, but Mace 2 kept in close proximity, preventing Stinger from gaining advantage. Stinger moved back and drove at Mace 2, its weapon deflecting off the robots side and sending Stinger flailing on one wheel and then down. Mace 2 fired its flipper several times, but the axlebot was resistant to the weapon. Mace 2 bumped Stinger twice, easily avoiding the weapon, before both robots reversed away. Mace 2 pulled out of reverse cleanly, but Stinger flailed and rolled over and over.

"Do they really know what they're doing? Should we have tested them for booze beforehand, I wonder?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Mace 2 pressured Stinger, causing it to roll further towards the pit. Stinger turned, its weapon clashing against the side wall and sending a shower of sparks. It then drove straight into the approaching Mace 2, bouncing off and falling into the pit.

"Well it was only a matter of time, absolute Loony Tunes from the Stinger team."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Mace 2

Forklift's Revenge vs Suicidal Tendencies

Forklift's revenge suicidal tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies pushes Forklift's Revenge, who is clinging to the floor tape

Sir killalot and forklift's revenge

Killalot skewers Forklift's Revenge

The two robots collided and both tried to push the other, to no avail. Forklift's Revenge's belts started spinning, but the flat, tracked Suicidal Tendencies was resistant to being caught by those weapons. Both robots turned away, but Suicidal Tendencies had a small turning circle, and launched an attack on the still spinning Forklift's Revenge, driving up the wedge and down again. Both robots spun away, but again the faster Suicidal Tendencies was able to position itself easier, running into the rear of Forklift's Revenge and jamming the chain belt.

"Suicidal Tendencies, makes one attack and then thinks twice about committing suicide, and turning away."
— Jonathan Pearce

The robots pulled away, ramming together, and the wedges of Forklift's Revenge scraped one of the pieces of tape that marked the floor flipper away. Suicidal Tendencies attacked Forklift's Revenge's exposed side, pushing it up against a nearby flame pit. Forklift's Revenge escaped and moved back into the centre of the arena, but Suicidal Tendencies attacked again and pushed it into Sir Killalot. Sir Killalot dug his lance into the right chain of Forklift's Revenge, lifting it above his head. Spinning his lance, Forklift's Revenge flailed in mid-air and came to rest against Killalot's shoulder.

Killalot forklift's revenge pit

Killalot pits Forklift's Revenge

"Oh, look at that! This is a mere bauble, a toy, for Killalot, that's rather gruesome."
— Jonathan Pearce

Killalot then moved into the centre of the arena and spun around with Forklift's Revenge, before moving to the pit. Placing Forklift's Revenge in, Killalot lowered his lance and pried his lance out from the chain, leaving Forklift's Revenge to fall into the pit.

"Well, phenomenal driving skills from Suicidal Tendencies - suddenly, he seems to want to live, and he's through to the next round."
— Craig Charles

Winner: Suicidal Tendencies

Brimhur vs Weeliwako

"And a slow, sluggish start."
— Jonathan Pearce
Weeliwako vs brimhur

Brimhur pushes Weeliwako into the wall

Weeliwako brimhur

Brimhur's spear misses Weeliwako's tire

The battle began very slowly, with Brimhur edging forward and Weeliwako swaying its weapon forward and back. Brimhur bumped Weeliwako, easily getting beneath the ground clearance, whilst Weeliwako thudded its weapon on either side to no effect. Brimhur pushed into Weeliwako's wheel, but the axlebot design simply meant that Brimhur was pushing Weeliwako in a circle. Weeliwako drove around behind Brimhur, who reversed into it and began pushing it towards the side wall. Weeliwako managed to drive free and finally brought its weapon down on Brimhur, but caused very little damage, and whilst it moved back for another swing, Brimhur moved out of reach. Weeliwako swung again and clipped the passing Brimhur, again to no visible effect. Brimhur drove into Weeliwako, knocking it aside, and stabbing its spike in an attempt to hit Weeliwako's large wheel. Weeliwako swung its weapon over, but neither robot could hit the other. Brimhur pushed Weeliwako into the side wall, where it retaliated by striking twice more with its weapon.

Weeliwako brimhur killalot

Weeliwako heaves Brimhur backwards

"Eight miles an hour, [Weeliwako is] not the quickest in the field. Brimhur can only touch 9 MPH, so this is hardly a Grand Prix of Robot Wars..."
— Jonathan Pearce

Brimhur managed to make contact with Weeliwako's wheels, but with no real damage. Brimhur pushed Weeliwako into Sir Killalot's CPZ, but before the House Robot could attack, Weeliwako overpowered Brimhur and pushed it across the arena floor.

Shunt brimhur

Shunt shows off its new axe

"Oh, look at this great strength here!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Killalot pursued the pair towards the flame pit and harassed Weeliwako, but Brimhur had broken down. Weeliwako flailed, hitting Killalot with its weapon and trying to manoeuvre away. Meanwhile, Shunt drove out of the CPZ and began to put big dents in Brimhur's top armour. Sergeant Bash, Matilda and Sir Killalot joined the attack on Brimhur, and cease was called.

"Well, Brimhur was immobilised. Towards the end it was like vultures feeding on a carcass."
— Craig Charles

Winner: Weeliwako

Raizer Blade vs Red Dragon

Killalot pits red dragon

Killalot pits Red Dragon

Raizer Blade had the faster start and pushed Red Dragon into Sergeant Bash. Red Dragon got caught on the spikes but got away. Raizer Blade then got caught on the spikes itself. It escaped, but got pursued by Sergeant Bash & Sir Killalot. Then, Red Dragon just stopped dead in its tracks. Bash came back in and clawed it, before Killalot lifted them into the air and dropped them in the pit.

Winner: Raizer Blade

Round 2

Weeliwako vs mace 2

Weeliwako in the pit

Mace 2 vs Weeliwako

The two robots danced around Shunt's CPZ and Weeliwako began swinging its spikes, trying to hit Mace 2. Mace 2 pushed Weeliwako around a bit and then into Sergeant Bash and the flames. Mace 2 got stuck near the flame pit and Weeliwako began attacking it with its spikes. Mace 2 backed up and slammed into Weeliwako again before slowly pushing Weeliwako into the Pit. The house robots then came in and Killalot pulled Weeliwako out of the Pit and over the flame pit as Dead Metal celebrated.

Winner: Mace 2

Raizer Blade vs Suicidal Tendencies

Raizer blade vs suicidal tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies pushes Raizer Blade

Raizer Blade had a quick start and pushed Suicidal Tendencies around. Suicidal Tendencies drove up on Raizer Blade's side, then slammed into it and shoved it a few centimetres, before, suddenly, one of Suicidal Tendencies' tracks locked up. Raizer Blade pushed them towards the pit and tried to push it in, but accidentally drove itself onto the edge. Suicidal Tendencies managed to escape, before Sir Killalot, trying to nudge Raizer Blade in, bought it back to life. It went to the judges, who gave it to Suicidal Tendencies.

Winner: Suicidal Tendencies

Heat Final

Mace 2 vs Suicidal Tendencies

Mace 2 vs suicidal tendencies

Mace 2 vs Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies drove around Mace 2 and then Mace 2 flipped it over. Suicidal Tendencies tried to use its milling cutters, but they had no effect whatsoever and could only piggy back up on Mace 2. Mace 2 pushed Suicidal Tendencies into Sergeant Bash, Shunt, Matilda and Sir Killalot, but escaped every time. It then piggy-backed up on Mace 2 again and were pushed into the CPZ where Shunt buried its axe into Suicidal Tendencies. Eventually, the fight went to the judges.

Heat Winner: Mace 2

"The winners draw lots, the softies draw straws, but the tough draw a line, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles signs off

Special Event


Dominator is attacked

Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat, a Special Event or Trial took place. For Heat A, it was the first Pinball Warrior run, featuring Dominator.

Score: 160 points

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