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"We've got good driving, that's me, we've got a very good weapon, and we've got a very sharp, lethal spike on the back"
— Nathaniel Poate on Short Circuit's strengths before the first-round battle

Short Circuit was a competitor robot which fought exclusively in Series 6 of Robot Wars. In its only appearance, it lost its first round battle after sustaining substantial damage from Supernova. The robot was originally designed to enter Series 2, and attempted to qualify for the three following series before finally entering the Sixth Wars.

DesignEdit

Short Circuit Arena

Short Circuit in the arena

Short Circuit was a yellow and red, hexagonal-shaped robot with two-wheel drive and two weapons - a small spinning disc at the front,and a large rear ramming spike. The robot was built with a solid bolted, aluminium-plated chassis, and its top panels were decorated with circuit boards and wires as a reference to its name. While the team were confident about Short Circuit's driving and damage potential, the robot had thin armour, which proved fragile to spinning weapons. The robot also had a very high ground clearance, which was an intentional decision for the robot's earlier qualification attempts where the team expected to run the Gauntlet.

QualificationEdit

"Yeah, as soon as it started series 1, I was building my bot! I even built seesaw slopes to practise on along the pavement. That's one reason it had a huge ground clearness as I was expecting assault courses"
— Nathaniel Poate in 2019[1] (edited)

Short Circuit was first conceptualised while Robot Wars was airing its first series, with Nathaniel Poate and teammate Pat designing a robot named NataPataBot, which used the same core design as Short Circuit, including its high ground clearance which had been implemented for success in the Gauntlet. The robot entered construction ahead of Series 2, but was not finished until Series 3, where it was not selected to take part. NataPataBot also attempted to qualify for Series 4, but again did not earn a place in the televised series.

"My bot wasn't ready to enter Series 2 so they didn't turn it down, originally it was called NataPataBot which was our team at the time, Nat and Pat and Robot but this changed about Series 5 time."
— Nathaniel Poate in 2019[2] (edited)

For Series 3, NatPatBot was renamed to Short Circuit, and at the time used a chainsaw weapon, but Short Circuit still failed to qualify. The chainsaw weapon corroded just days before its Series 6 qualifier[3], and was replaced with a spinning disc.

"...it was the same bot (with a few mods like a chainsaw back then). We did have it for Series 6, however a few days before the filming, at the qualifiers, we decided to flood the chainsaw, and so it corroded. DOH! But yes, we did beat Atomic with the same bot."
— Nathaniel Poate on the Series 5 version of Short Circuit[4]

In its Series 6 qualifier, Short Circuit fought Atomic and a large robot made from a giant metal frame, armed with a horizontal spinner weapon. After being flipped up a few times by Atomic, Short Circuit used its disc to cut through Atomic's side armour to disable one of its wheels, and despite sustaining damage from the spinner of its other opponent, Short Circuit went on to win the battle and qualified for the series as a result. Before entering the Sixth Wars, the team of Nathaniel Poate and Philip Johnson changed their riveted armour panels for more solid structure.

"If I recall correctly, it was 3 or 4 robots in the arena fighting it out, and I spiked through Atomic's side panel into its wheel, something came loose or wobbly and it wasn’t driving well. Atomic did lift us up a couple times with us flipper, but it seemed low power. The other robot had some giant metal welded frame, think Mammoth robot from BattleBots but horizontal, he was having a good go and knocked off some of our panels as they were all just riveted, but in the end I think a tussle together made him slow. Another robot? I don’t remember maybe it was just the 3? after the fight I thought well that was fun and we were going home. But Derek, the Robot Wars guy told us to wait, and after a period of time, them discussing, they came back and said we were through. Given some tips for upgrading the robots panels i.e. don’t use rivets, and to come back in a weeks time for the filming."
— Nathaniel Poate in 2019[5] (edited)

Nathaniel Poate conceptualised a new robot for Series 7, but ultimately did not finish it in time for the Seventh Wars due to clashes with university. Although Poate is still active in the robotics community, the team did not attempt to enter Series 8, 9 or 10.

"Series 6 was the last one I entered as I was then going to uni and couldn't complete the new build of the next bot, I do still have all the parts for it, but it's so outdated now it isn't worth it."
— Nathaniel Poate in 2019[6] (edited)

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 6Edit

Short Circuit entered Heat H, and faced three experienced machines in its first round battle; Tiberius 3, Supernova and the tenth seed Spawn Again.

"Newcomers, and long odds for the Short Circuit boys."
Jonathan Pearce introduces Short Circuit
Tiberius crushes Supernova

Short Circuit escapes as Tiberius 3 (left) grabs Supernova

It immediately retreated towards the edge of a CPZ as Supernova came to attack it, before slamming into Supernova as Tiberius 3 grabbed hold of the latter. This - combined with an intervention from Sgt. Bash - knocked Short Circuit's disc from its mount, leaving it dangling from its front as Sgt. Bash pushed it out of the CPZ. Short Circuit hesitated before bumping into Supernova again, with Supernova's disc tearing a massive gash in Short Circuit's rear panel and prising part of its baseplate off as the former pushed it around in circles. Another slam from Supernova bent the left-hand side of Short Circuit's chassis, and Short Circuit was left immobilised with its body and baseplate almost fully separated. As Refbot counted Short Circuit out, Supernova completely split it apart with another hit.

Supernova vs Short Circuit

Supernova shreds Short Circuit

"That looks a mess, let's be honest. Ooooh, Supernova... split it!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Supernova separates Short Circuit's body from its baseplate

Sgt. Bash proceeded to pit Short Circuit, where it was soon joined by the also-immobilised Tiberius 3. This eliminated both robots from the Sixth Wars.

"Short Circuit, short-circuited..."
Craig Charles announces Short Circuit's elimination

ResultsEdit

SHORT CIRCUIT - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat H, Round 1 vs. Spawn Again (10), Supernova, Tiberius 3 Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

ShortCircuitTeam

The Short Circuit team

Series Short Circuit Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Not selected as NataPataBot
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify as NataPataBot
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Although retired from heavyweight combat, Nathaniel Poate is still active in the robotics community, building a featherweight robot armed with an axe named Wanna Choppa which most recently competed at Extreme Robots in Cheltenham, late in 2018.

TriviaEdit

  • Thanks to his father, Nathaniel Poate owns one of the 10 points barrels from Series 2, possibly making it the only Pinball barrel left in existence, as the others were recycled.
  • Short Circuit was the only robot from Heat H of Series 6 to be entered by a team which did not appear in another episode or series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Private correspondence with ToastUltimatum
  2. Private correspondence with ToastUltimatum
  3. Nathaniel Poate on the Robot Mayhem forum
  4. Nathaniel Poate on the Robot Mayhem forum
  5. Private correspondence with ToastUltimatum
  6. Private correspondence with ToastUltimatum

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