"Built around a complex chassis featuring two 12V Sinclair C5 motors and a two-stage gearbox. … weapons include a motorised forklift and the honour of the samurai!"
— Jonathan Pearce introduces Shogun

Shogun was a competitor from the first series of Robot Wars. It was designed by Rolls Royce employees Robin Woodhead, Brian Carrington and Peter Fairbrother. After surviving both the Gauntlet and Trial, Shogun was beaten in the Arena Semi-Final by Killertron. It was over 3kg over the heavyweight limit at the time.


"As you would expect from Rolls Royce, Shogun was beautifully machined with CNC bits everywhere."
— Oliver Steeples[1]
Shogun official image

Shogun was a rounded box-shaped robot, with two hydraulically-driven ramming spikes on its sides and a small forklift device on the front and a small bladed axe at the rear (which was not mentioned on the show). The power came from a two-stage gearbox and the robot could travel at 7mph. The side spikes were interchangeable in size and thickness, making Shogun one of the first robots to use interchangeable weaponry. The forks could be used for lifting or anchoring the robot to the ground. It also featured a set of plastic lips that could be protruded from the robot to "blow a kiss", as seen after its loss in the Sumo. The team members were all work colleagues at Rolls Royce, so Shogun was constructed by some donated parts of a Rolls Royce.

Robot History

Series 1

Shogun beached

Shogun, having fallen off the ramp in the Gauntlet

Shogun made steady progress in the Gauntlet, and crossing the first ramp allowed it to easily beat the 2.93 metres set by Barry. However, upon going up the second ramp, it fell sideways off.

"Officer, breathalyse that driver!"
— Jonathan Pearce

It was the first robot to tackle the Sumo trial, but it was pushed off after 21 seconds. Grunt's suicidal leap put Shogun through against Killertron.


Killertron smashes Shogun into submission

Shogun had hideous control in the final, driving very near the grills and only managing a few feeble circles before it drove onto them, essentially eliminating itself. Killertron struck twice before cease was called, knocking Shogun out of the competition.

Philippa Forrester: "How come you ended up on the grille?"
Robin Woodhead: "We had problems with the speed controller, we burnt one of them, we put another one in - it didn't match."
— After the battle


Series 1
The First Wars - UK Championship
Heat Semi-Final
Heat A, Gauntlet 10.71m (5th) Qualified
Heat A, Trial (Sumo) 21.51 seconds (4th) Qualified
Heat A, Semi-Final vs. Killertron Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

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

Series Record

  • Shogun in the pits
  • The team with Shogun
  • Shogun being worked on in the pits
Series Shogun 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


  • Shogun was the smallest heavyweight in Series 1.
  • Shogun was the only robot Shunt defeated by himself in the Sumo during Series 1.
  • Technically, the Shogun team started the first Gentleman's Agreement, as before its battle with Killertron, they asked the Killertron team not to cause too much damage to their robot.
  • The Shogun team were the only team in Heat A of Series 1 not to return, barring Grunt, which could not return as it was a stock robot.


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