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This article is about the MTV Pilot competitor. For other uses, see Spike (disambiguation).

Spike was an American competitor robot which took part in the unaired Robot Wars MTV Pilot. It fought The Mauler in its only battle, which it lost.

The robot's creator, Andrew Lindsey, was also part of Team Delta, which also entered the MTV Pilot and the Series 4 War of Independence with The Mangulator.

DesignEdit

Spike was a two-wheeled robot armed with a grabbing/lifting arm as its weapon. The robot was originally built as a featherweight, with the arm being designed specifically to clamp on, pick up and carry other featherweights around the arena. For the MTV Pilot, Spike was armoured in ¾-inch steel plating, bringing its weight up to approximately 190lbs.

Robot HistoryEdit

MTV PilotEdit

Spike competed exclusively in the MTV Pilot, as one of the eight robots selected to compete. When the number of competing teams was reduced to four due to one team withdrawing, Spike passed its audition to retain its place in the final selection.

In its first-round battle, Spike fought the spinner of Mauler. At some point during the battle, Mauler got up to speed and collided with Spike, causing sparks to fly. It managed to rip off the doll head attached to Spike, causing it to fly across the arena[1]. It was unknown whether the battle ended in a knockout or judges' decision, but Mauler was declared the winner, and Spike was eliminated from the competition.

ResultsEdit

SPIKE - RESULTS
MTV Pilot
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Mauler Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

Dominator 2 s4 qualifiers

Spike (background) at the Fourth Wars qualifiers

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • Spike as it appeared at the 1996 Robot Wars event
  • Spike (right) with its counterpart Wedge of Doom as Spike of Doom
  • Mantis
  • Spike 3

The original version of Spike, a black wedge-shaped robot, entered the 1996 and 1997 US Robot Wars competitions in the featherweight class (called the Super Lightweight category in 1996). It attained a reasonable amount of success, winning three battles in the 1996 event before losing to eventual Super Lightweight champion Wedge of Doom. It returned for the 1997 event as Spike 2, again winning three battles before losing to the eventual runner-up Red-Green.

For the 1999 BattleBots Long Beach competitions, Spike was redesigned and rebuilt into the form it appeared in for the MTV Pilot, and competed alongside Wedge of Doom as part of the lightweight clusterbot Spike of Doom. Spike of Doom managed to win over RACC and Rasta, but lost to The Missing Link and Endotherm during its run in the Lightweight division.

Andrew Lindsey also built a lightweight version of Spike named Mantis for Season 3.0 of BattleBots, that won two battles before losing to Manic Aggressive.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gearheads: The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports
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