"Newcomers to Robot Wars, hoping to wreck the old dinosaurs of the arena."
Jonathan Pearce introduces T-Wrecks

T-Wrecks was a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It initially qualified for Series 3, but withdrew from the competition, and was replaced by the eventual Grand Finalist, Steg-O-Saw-Us. T-Wrecks finally competed in Series 7, where it lost in the first round to Hard and Kat 3.

Versions of T-Wrecks[edit | edit source]

T-Wrecks (Series 3)[edit | edit source]

The Series 3 version of T-Wrecks that had to withdraw

The team entered Series 3 with a wedge shaped robot armed with a spinning blade, also called T-Wrecks. It was much more reminiscent of its dinosaur-themed name, unlike its successor, and featured a blue colour-scheme with eyes.

T-Wrecks (Series 7)[edit | edit source]

T-Wrecks in Series 7

In Series 7, T-Wrecks was a flat, invertible disc robot with eight serrated teeth. T-Wrecks, as a thwackbot, had no active weaponry, and instead relied on spinning on the spot to inflict damage. The interior of the robot was protected with a steel core, and the only vulnerable point was the receiver, as there was no room to include it within the core.

"A "bit bad"? It's like an aeroplane without wings, basically!"
— Jonathan Pearce on T-Wrecks' receiver

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Its name is a pun on the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex, commonly known as T-Rex, alongside the word "wrecks" which references the robot's damaging nature.

Team Wrecks in Series 7

The Team[edit | edit source]

T-Wrecks was entered into Robot Wars by Team Wrecks, a family team from Wellow in Northamptonshire. The team was captained by Graham Lawrence, who was joined by Graham Farquman and Anna Lawrence in the Seventh Wars.

Robot History[edit | edit source]

Series 7[edit | edit source]

In Heat K of Series 7, T-Wrecks was drawn against Belgian competitor Hard, and veterans Kat 3 and Velocirippa in the first round.

Mr Psycho hammers T-Wrecks

T-Wrecks is reversed into the pit

It was pushed into the CPZ, taking hammer blows from House Robot Mr. Psycho. Little puffs of smoke began to appear from the machine, but T-Wrecks spun up and continued to move. Velocirippa charged T-Wrecks, bouncing off it and away. T-Wrecks resorted to spinning on the spot, but the well-armoured Hard willingly reversed into this attack, and bent the spikes of T-Wrecks.

T-Wrecks is eliminated

T-Wrecks became beached on the wedge shape of Kat 3, but it was then flipped by Hard. It landed on the back of Hard's wedge shape, so the Belgian robot reversed and pushed T-Wrecks into the pit, eliminating T-Wrecks from the competition. It was soon joined in the pit by Velocirippa, with Hard and Kat 3 winning the battle.

Results[edit | edit source]

Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat K, Round 1 vs. Hard, Kat 3, Velocirippa Eliminated

Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[edit | edit source]

T-Wrecks, seen in the pits in Series 3 (background)

Series T-Wrecks Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Withdrew
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Official Series 7 photo

  • Although T-Wrecks' withdrawal from Series 3 was not mentioned on the show, and the team's introduction was edited out, T-Wrecks could be seen in the pits behind the Haardvark team during their introduction.
  • The robot that replaced T-Wrecks after withdrawing from Series 3, and the other robot to lose in T-Wrecks' only battle both had names that were puns on dinosaurs, just like T-Wrecks.
  • T-Wrecks was the only heavyweight robot to compete in Series 7 without featuring powered weaponry, although its sit-and-spin nature was enough for the robot to bypass the 'active weapon rule' in place for the series.
  • For the filming of Series 7, the Dutch team competing with Twister were accommodated at Graham Lawrence's home[1].

References[edit | edit source]

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