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"Built by Essex schoolboys, those SAT'arn pointed horns are made of shelving brackets bolted together, but a turning circle of a sluggish 3m could leave these hopes blunted."
Jonathan Pearce introduces SAT'arn

SAT'arn was a featherweight robot that competed in Series 1 of Robot Wars. As Series 1 did not have any weight rules, SAT'arn competed in the main competition, despite being a featherweight robot. It managed to get to the Arena stage of its heat, before going out to future featherweight champion, The Demolisher.


SAT'arn in its introduction, with its fork weapons plus its decorative snout and eye

SAT'arn was a box-wedge shaped robot, armed with a pair of front 'horns' made from shelving brackets bolted together. SAT'arn was based on a Tamiya monster truck with a thick (10mm) fibreglass shell. Visually, it was based on a bull, and featured one open eye, a snout, a tail, and the top of the was covered in flames.

"We've got a number of different features; we've got a wagging tail at the back, sound effects, we've got a smoke machine for the nose, and a laser for the eye."
— Tom Barber

SAT'arn in the Heat Semi-Final with no weaponry or decoration

SAT'arn after its decorations and weaponry was removed

The snout and right eye were represented with 3D models in the robot's introduction, though these would be removed in favour of wedge functionality in combat, with a painted eye and snout being found underneath these props. SAT'arn did not use its prong weapons in its heat battle, likely a result of damage earlier in the competition.

Jonathan Pearce claimed the turning circle was 3m, but Oliver Steeples of the Cunning Plan team claimed on his website that the turning circle was actually only 40cm.[1]


SAT'arn attended the Series 1 auditions alongside all other fellow Series 1 competitors, four weeks before filming. SAT'arn was also used for a "race" between competitors in a labyrith maze with the objective of getting to Stephen Carsey first, it faced Grunt in one of these races.

Robot History[]

Series 1[]

"What Tom and Sam Barber didn't tell you is that SAT'arn also moos as it goes along. Mad cow disease? These boys are bonkers already!"
— Jonathan Pearce as SAT'arn runs the gauntlet

SAT'arn dummies Matilda to complete The Gauntlet

In the Gauntlet, SAT'arn started by reversing out of the turntable, slowly reversing into a fence. It quickly turned around, and aimed for the far route, but Sergeant Bash blocked its way. Whilst trying to get past the House Robot, SAT'arn drove into the side railings, but Sergeant Bash held back and SAT'arn quickly turned away from the railings and darted down the course. However, in its haste, it drove straight into a pyramid, getting stuck between the pyramid and the second ramp. It managed to reverse, but as it tried getting past the pyramid, it drove into it again.

"I'm not too sure about the steering with that mad one eye..."
— Jonathan Pearce as SAT'arn bumps into the pyramid again

It turned past the pyramid and charged towards the end, neatly dodging Matilda to complete the course.

"...but it certainly is bullish! Oh what a great run, straight through! Look at the manoeuvrability and 10 miles an hour speed past the House Robots!"
— Jonathan Pearce as SAT'arn completes the course

The leaderboard showed SAT'arn to have completed the Gauntlet in the quickest time, even though The Demolisher only appeared to take nine seconds to complete it.

Jeremy Clarkson: "I can't believe you beat both of them!"
Tom Barber: "Brilliant!"
Jeremy Clarkson: "That was brilliant, well done."
— The post Gauntlet interview

SAT'arn (right) ploughs into the side rails, triggering a pile-up on the first lap

The Demolisher overtakes SAT'arn

In the Trial, which was Stock Car, SAT'arn started in pole position, having finished first on the leaderboard. It started badly, crashing into the fence as it took the first corner, and Cunning Plan and The Demolisher crashed into the back of it. Cunning Plan and SAT'arn reversed together, leaving SAT'arn from the fence and able to continue. It made it past the second turn, but as it reached the centre, it clipped a wall, and The Demolisher overtook it. SAT'arn turned itself off the wall, and followed The Demolisher, having no problem with the next turn, but it slowed down approaching the turn after that. It drove towards the centre, but drove into a wall again. Krayzee Tokyo drove into it as it tried reversing off the wall, and SAT'arn appeared to be blocking its opponent for a short time, even reversing into Krayzee Tokyo. It then shot forward to cross the line. It seemed to be progressing well on its second lap, but was briefly blocked by the immobile body of The Demolisher, which had flipped itself over taking a corner too fast. SAT'arn struggled to squeeze between The Demolisher and the wall, but managed to push past the overturned opponent, however before it could complete its second lap, Bugs and the immobile Krayzee Tokyo were blocking the way. SAT'arn pushed Bugs, and the two crossed the line. SAT'arn was moving sluggishly and drove into the railings, but it did not matter as Cunning Plan completed its final lap to win the race. SAT'arn came joint second and qualified for the arena, where it met The Demolisher.

Phillipa Forrester: "How do you think SAT'arn will fare?"
Tom Barber: "Pretty well I think, it's a lot bigger, and got more power behind it."
— Tom Barber on how he felt about fighting The Demolisher

SAT'arn charged The Demolisher, but missed as The Demolisher swerved away.

"SAT'arn, like a bull, rushes at the Demolisher - oh, you silly moo, you missed him!"
— Jonathan Pearce

SAT'arn takes damage from Matilda

SAT'arn reversed after its opponent, but The Demolisher drove away from it again, reversing around SAT'arn. SAT'arn chased after The Demolisher, hitting it front-on, but The Demolisher bounced off, so SAT'arn failed to get under its opponent. SAT'arn reversed for another charge, and tried getting under the side of The Demolisher, pushing against the side with its spikes, and towards Shunt's CPZ. The Demolisher managed to escape, and as SAT'arn reversed, it suddenly broke down. The House Robots closed in, with Shunt pushing SAT'arn, along with The Demolisher, which had rammed into SAT'arn's side. Matilda pinned The Demolisher onto SAT'arn, and her chainsaw easily cut through SAT'arn's wooden armour. However, the chainsaw stopped when it hit the metal frame of The Demolisher, and Matilda let the two go. The other House Robots continued attacking it, and SAT'arn was eliminated.

"There was a connection that came off...we had problems with it yesterday."
— A crestfallen Tom Barber explains SAT'arn's breakdown to Phillipa Forrester

According to Oliver Steeples, SAT'arn's breakdown was caused by the speed controller failing.

"[The fibreglass] shell was its undoing as it weighed too much and caused SAT'arn to blow it in the semi final against Demoliser. {sic} ... the speedo blew and Matilda had no trouble almost cutting SAT'arn in half. "
— Oliver Steeples of University of Reading[2]


Series 1
The First Wars - UK Championships
Heats, Arena Semi-Final
Heat D, Gauntlet Completed (1st) Qualified
Heat D, Trial (Stock Car) 2 laps (3rd) Qualified
Heat D, Arena Semi-Final vs. The Demolisher Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

NOTE: SAT'arn's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included

Series Record[]

Series SAT'arn Series Record
The First Wars Heat, Arena Semi-Final
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter



  • SAT'arn is one of twenty-three robots to have completed The Gauntlet, and also the best of three featherweights to do so (alongside Cunning Plan and The Demolisher).
  • SAT'arn's introduction clips in the arena and the pits during its appearance showed the robot displayed with moulded aesthetics for the bull's face, and armed with large horned weapons whereas throughout the competition itself, SAT'arn had a traditional painted face and smaller horns.