The third episode of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1 was originally broadcast on October 10, 2001 on BBC Choice and repeated on November 9, 2001 on BBC Two.
Like most of the episodes of Extreme, it featured episodes from multiple tournaments that ran across the tournament, as well as a main event. Here, the main event was the International Inferno.
The BBC Two broadcast managed to attract 3.74 million viewers, an increase of 500,000 viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked tenth in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 5-11 November, between Gardeners World and Wild Africa.
"First up, two amazing All-Star battles in our titanic tournament to find the best of the best. Panic Attack takes on Firestorm and then Hypno-Disc will go head-to-head with Behemoth. In our metal-mashing Mayhem, Wild Thing meets Arnold A. Terminegger and the excellent Fluffy. Can Behemoth hold on to their Challenge Belt as another robot steps up in the quest for ultimate robo-glory? And finally, there's our International Inferno, where Panic Attack will meet teams from Germany, Holland and the United States of America. So far international relations do look friendly...but that's about to change."
— Jonathan Pearce reveals the line-up
The main event of Episode 3 was the International Inferno, a four-way melee between representatives of the UK, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany, all of which held domestic Robot Wars championships during the show's original run.
International Inferno: Panic Attack (UK) vs Manta (USA) vs MaxiMill (NED) vs Flensburger Power (GER)[edit | edit source]
"An international clash of the most extreme fighting machines ever."
— Craig Charles
The four robots moved off their starting positions - both MaxiMill and Flensburger Power were slow, but Manta sped around and rammed into MaxiMill. MaxiMill's weapon had charged, but Manta's was not spinning at all. Manta was not hindered by this and quickly reversed MaxiMill onto the flame pit. MaxiMill was spinning on the flames until Manta rammed it into the side wall. Meanwhile, Panic Attack had been pushing Flensburger Power around, and the now unoccupied Manta rammed it onto the flames as well. Flensburger Power appeared to have broken down, but MaxiMill came back to life and re-entered the battle. Manta pushed into it again, ramming it into an unoccupied CPZ. MaxiMill moved out to escape, but was immediately boxed in by Shunt and Matilda, the latter of who pushed it into the CPZ and struck with its heavy flywheel. Manta and Panic Attack turned to each other, but Panic Attack was the successful attacker, lifting Manta up with its forks and slipping into a position beneath Manta's disc.
"And Manta - a ray of hope for the USA - I think not! You are now impaled on those forks and there is no way out from there."
— Jonathan Pearce
Panic Attack dragged Manta around and into the pit release as Refbot counted out Flensburger Power. Panic Attack almost lost its grip on Manta when it drove over the closed pit, then eventually lowered Manta back down. Manta charged into Panic Attack, slamming it aside, but with its disc still not working, it was unable to do any damage. Meanwhile, Refbot moved over and counted out MaxiMill, who had broken down after being attacked by Shunt and Matilda. Shunt placed MaxiMill on the floor flipper, and it was hurled through the air, its disc breaking off on impact with the floor. Panic Attack then got beneath Manta again, lifting it completely up. Matilda then pressed the pit release, and Manta, who was resting on the pit, began to descend with it. Panic Attack briefly got stuck with Manta on top, but used its srimech panel to shrug Manta off and into the pit properly.
"Go on, Matilda, nudge that- Yeah, that's what I was going to suggest, nudge that tyre, because that opens up the pit to end the stalemate... Manta is right on the lip of defeat here! On the very edge - how on earth are they holding on? They're not holding on any longer, they're in the pit. And Panic Attack, and Kim Davies, have triumphed in the International Inferno."
— Jonathan Pearce
Flensburger Power was hurled by the floor flipper, and Shunt and Matilda pushed it into MaxiMill. Cease was called, and Panic Attack was confirmed as the victor.
Winner: Panic Attack
"Well they came to Britain with their suntan cream. But they got tanned, on Robot Wars Extreme."