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"Tauron is a fast, fully invertible, highly manoeuvrable, charging robot, equipped with a powerful, reversible, vertical spinning bar. An unusual feature is the articulation which allows the weapon section to swing into the new position when the robot is inverted."
— Team Tauron website on the original robot

Tauron was a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 9 and Series 10 of Robot Wars. In Series 9, it was defeated in its Group Battle after having its removable link knocked out by fellow newcomer Concussion. In Series 10, Tauron Mk 2 put on a more impressive display, but lost its Group Battle to Iron-Awe 6 after getting stranded on a piece of debris, and was eliminated by Androne 4000 on a Judges' decision in the Robot Redemption round, despite inflicting substantial amounts of damage throughout each of its battles.

Versions of TauronEdit

Tauron (Series 9)Edit

"The weapon weighs 13 kilograms and is powered by a brushed DC motor running at 42 volts. This delivers approximately 3,000 revolutions per minute and a tip speed of around 100 metres per second. Tauron features an innovative pivoting design which allows the weapon to function equally lethally when inverted."
— Robot Wars website on Tauron
Tauron turntable

Rear view of Tauron in Series 9

Tauron was a box-shaped robot armed with a 13kg vertical spinning bar, 65cm in length, made from HARDOX 450, with a maximum speed of 220mph - roughly 3100rpm. The robot was powered by two wheels, which were exposed on top of the robot, making the robot invertible, with a top speed of 12mph. Uniquely, Tauron's bar spinner was mounted on a pivot, so if Tauron was inverted, the weapon would rotate into the upright position, and its direction could be reversed, like IG-88's spinning axe.

Tauron

Tauron's spinning bar

Tauron's chassis and exoskeleton were made out of 6mm and 4mm HARDOX 500, with its armour consisting of 6mm polycarbonate. 2x 1.5 horsepower electric motors powered the drive, and the robot used a 32V lithium polymer battery. To conserve weight, many sections were cut out of the HARDOX frame, and the robot was internally lit by red LEDs. The robot's batteries were two ZIPPY Flightmax 8000mAh 5S1P 30C, running at 18.5 volts.

"Tom has been a Robot Wars fan since he was a child, and says he always dreamed of entering. He realised entering Robot Wars was a possibility when the new series started. He now works as video games tester in Birmingham and has used these skills in building Tauron. Tim has always been interested in how things work, and has made lots of things from musical instruments to a 13’ boat, which was built in the 13’6” living room of the family home. Tauron is Tim’s first venture into robotics."
— Robot Wars website on the origins of Tauron

Tauron Mk 2 (Series 10)Edit

Tauron Mk II

Tauron Mk 2

The Series 10 version of Tauron, referred to as Tauron Mk II on the surface of the robot, was a complete rebuild of the previous machine. Tauron Mk 2 featured a much more compact design, with a narrower front end and a shorter rear, but was still two-wheel driven and invertible. Its armour was upgraded to 4mm HARDOX steel with 10mm HDPE top and bottom panels; the latter chosen by the team for its greater flexibility over the polycarbonate they initially planned to use.[1]

Tauron 10 arena

Tauron Mk 2 in the arena during Series 10

Tauron Mk 2's bar spinner was visibly thicker than its predecessor's, at 600mm; holes were cut out of the spinner to reduce its weight to 18kg - a 5kg increase over the weapon of the original version. The bar spinner runs at 3,600rpm, for a tip speed of 244mph. The pivot in which the bar spinner was held is now found within the centre of Tauron Mk 2, instead of being the robot's entire front end as before. Eyes were designed into the front of the robot for aesthetics. However, Tauron Mk 2 can still be stranded on its flat sides, and the robot's weight distribution made it hard to control while turning with the weapon powered on.

"Armour was upgraded from 6mm Polycarbonate to 4mm Hardened Steel (Hardox) and 10mm HDPE, weapon speed was upgraded from 220mph to 250mph, bar’s weight was increased from 13kg to 18kg, lifespan was upgraded from 8 seconds to 360 seconds (An increase of 3800%!)"
— Tom Brewster details the upgrades to Tauron, while mocking the previous version[2]

EtymologyEdit

Tauron's name is a portmanteau of taurus (Latin for 'bull') and automaton (a self-operating machine). Although the name 'Tauron Mk II' appeared on the surface of the robot in Series 10, it was referred to only as Tauron by the presenters, team, and Jonathan Pearce.

The TeamEdit

"Tom has been a Robot Wars fan since he was a child, and says he always dreamed of entering. He realised entering Robot Wars was a possibility when the new series started. He now works as video games tester in Birmingham and has used these skills in building Tauron. Tim has always been interested in how things work, and has made lots of things from musical instruments to a 13’ boat, which was built in the 13’6” living room of the family home. Tauron is Tim’s first venture into robotics."
— The Robot Wars website on Team Tauron
Tauron team

Team Tauron in Series 9

Team Tauron Series 10

Team Tauron with their machine in Series 10

Team Tauron consisted of a father-and-son duo, captained by son Tom Brewster, alongside father Tim Brewster. At the time of Series 10, team captain Tom Brewster was aged 22, and was the lead designer and builder of the robot, also taking up the role of driver. 55-year old IT consultant Tim Brewster also assisted with the design and build process, and largely financed Tauron. Tom Brewster worked as a mobile games tester, which was frequently referenced on the show, as Angela Scanlon believed that Tom's experience with video games would improve his driving abilities with Tauron. Although not present on-screen, Jane Brewster, mother and wife to Tom and Tim, was also present throughout filming.

QualificationEdit

Tauron CAD

The CAD used in Tauron's application for Series 9

Like Hobgoblin, Tauron was one of only a small selection of robots to qualify for Robot Wars despite not being built at the time of application. Team Tauron instead applied for Series 9 using a CAD of Tauron and a wooden prototype, but this was enough for Tauron to be accepted into the series.

Tauron Mk 2

Initial design of Tauron Mk 2

For Series 10, Team Tauron created the new design, Tauron Mk 2, and filmed an application video to assist with its online application. Due to the show featuring only thirty robots as opposed to the previous forty, there was no longer room for Tauron in the initial line-up of the series. However, the team were invited to bring their robot to filming as a reserve, and when Triforce withdrew from the competition due to locomotion issues, Tauron Mk 2 took its place, the first reserve to join the main competition.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 9Edit

Tauron VT

An unfinished Tauron in its VT

Tauron competed in Heat 3. In its Group Battle, it faced Series 8 fourth-place finisher Thor, Series 8 returnee Chimera2 and fellow newcomer Concussion, whose team formed a friendship with Team Tauron after sharing a workbench with them in the pits.

Dara Ó Briain: "Have you tried the smaller weight classes? Have you attempted anything?"
Tim Brewster: "No."
Dara Ó Briain: "You’ve just gone straight in at this level?"
Tom Brewster: "Yeah, never built a robot before, start at the deep end, there you go."
— Dara Ó Briain discusses with Team Tauron their decision to build a heavyweight as their first robot
Tauron vs Concussion

Tauron is buffeted aside by Concussion

Tauron started the battle by dodging Concussion's initial charge and driving away from Thor, its spinning bar sending sparks flying as it hit Thor's side while the latter tried to push it. It was then buffeted away by a slam from Concussion, the impact causing more sparks to fly and dislodging Tauron's removable link, leaving it immobilised close to the wall.[3]

"And what is, err, Tauron doing? Hello, TAURON! What are you doing? Not a lot."
Jonathan Pearce notices Tauron's immobility
Chimera2 vs Concussion and Thor

Tauron lays idle

Tauron was briefly nudged aside as Thor charged after Concussion and Chimera2, and was eventually eliminated from Series 9 along with Chimera2, which became immobilised later on in the battle. Off-screen, Tauron's top armour was punctured by Shunt, and the robot was heated over the flame pit[4].

"Tauron, what happened to you, Tom and Tim? Oh deary, deary me!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tauron and Chimera2 are eliminated

Following this loss, Tauron's link was plugged back into the robot, and proved to be fully functional in the test arena. Team Tauron remained on-site in case other teams withdrew, but Tauron ultimately did not return to the arena.

Series 10Edit

"We brought an absolute monster with us. It's far more heavily-armoured, it's got a much bigger weapon – it's designed to win, quite frankly. It's going to destroy everybody we come across. To win Robot Wars would just – it'd be... unreal, it would be."
— Tom Brewster

Tauron Mk 2 competed in Heat 4 of Series 10, replacing Triforce following the latter's withdrawal - this made Tauron Mk 2 the first reserve entry to be upgraded to the main series. In its Group Battle, Tauron Mk 2 faced The Kegs, a two-part clusterbot from Team Terror Turtle, and returning veteran Iron-Awe 6.

Tauron Mk II vs Iron-Awe 6

Tauron Mk 2 pressures Iron-Awe 6 onto the flame pit

Tauron Kegs 1

Tauron Mk 2 rips the bar spinner off one half of The Kegs

Immediately, Tauron Mk 2 dodged Iron-Awe 6 and turned round, driving up the latter's flipper, before being rammed by one half of The Kegs. It turned round and drove into Iron-Awe 6's side, although without causing any damage, and backed away, taking some of Iron-Awe 6's entanglement devices with it. Tauron Mk 2 drove up Iron-Awe 6 again, sparks flying as its bar hit the latter's flipper, before again sustaining a blow from one of The Kegs' spinners. It retreated to attack the other half of The Kegs, before surviving a push from Iron-Awe 6 and shredding one of its entanglement cannons. Driving over the spark jets, Tauron Mk 2 manoeuvred across the arena and hit one of the Kegs, tearing the latter's bar spinner off and sending it flying towards the control room occupied by Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon.[5] This attack startled both presenters as The Kegs' spinner hit and caused a metal bar on the control room to fall off.

"Big hit to The Kegs... weaponless... is it dead?"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tauron Mk 2 rips one of The Kegs' bar spinners off
Iron-Awe 6 vs Tauron Mk II

The forces of Tauron Mk 2's bar spinner brings the robot from the floor

Tauron Kegs 2

Tauron Mk 2 throws the other half of The Kegs into the air during 'Rogue House Robot'

Tauron Mk 2 proceeded to attack Iron-Awe 6 next to an entry gate, before being collected by Sir Killalot as 'Rogue House Robot' was enabled. It swiftly drove away and slammed into the remaining half of The Kegs, sending it barrel-rolling across the arena and leaving it immobilised on its side. Tauron Mk 2 drove away from and was scooped up by Iron-Awe 6, before hitting the latter's sloped sides and pushing it around the descending pit. It momentarily lifted Iron-Awe 6 with a rear-on hit, before being slowly pushed around in circles by Iron-Awe 6.

"What are you pushing me around for?"
— Tom Brewster jests as Tauron Mk 2 is pushed by Iron-Awe 6
Tauron Iron-Awe 6 1

Tauron Mk 2 and Iron-Awe 6 become stuck together

Tauron Iron-Awe 6 2

Tauron Mk 2 is stranded on a piece of debris following Sir Killalot's intervention

Eventually, the two robots separated, with Tauron Mk 2 landing two more blows to Iron-Awe 6's side before driving away. The two robots bumped each other twice more – the gyroscopic forces of Tauron Mk 2's bar spinner momentarily lifting it onto one wheel as it clipped Iron-Awe 6 again and drove away. Once more, Tauron Mk 2 drove up Iron-Awe 6, the two robots getting stuck together as it attempted to drive off. Sir Killalot separated both competitors, with Tauron Mk 2 once again clipping Iron-Awe 6 with its bar as the latter drove free. However, the House Robot's intervention left Tauron Mk 2 wedged on a piece of debris, leaving its wheels suspended off the floor and the robot unable to drive. As a result, Noel Sharkey activated Tauron Mk 2's countdown timer, although with Iron-Awe 6 having lost full mobility seconds afterwards, the battle went to a Judges' decision. Due to it becoming immobilised first, the decision went against Tauron Mk 2. Tom Brewster was left particularly disappointed by the outcome, having managed to free Tauron Mk 2 from the debris after 'cease' had been called[6] and only becoming aware of its defeat when Dara Ó Briain congratulated Team Iron-Awe.[7]

"I thought at the end of that fight that we both gone down at the same time, so I thought it would go to a Judges' decision, but I didn't realise. So, I actually deliberately stopped moving because I thought, 'well that's it, it's game over', but... Iron-Awe moved a bit and we didn't."
— Tom Brewster expresses his thoughts on the Judges' decision

In the Robot Redemption stage, Tauron Mk 2 faced Robot Wars newcomer Androne 4000, for a chance to secure a place in the Heat Semi-Finals.

"The main thing we’d learned from the previous fight was just how hard the robot was to manoeuvre with the weapon spinning. So for the first half of the fight, the plan was to spin the weapon a bit slower so we could move, get around the side of Androne, and attack! But of course we learned early on that this wasn’t going to work."
— Tom Brewster
Tauron vs Androne 4000 1

Tauron Mk 2 lifts Androne 4000 with its first hit

Tauron vs Androne 4000 2

Tauron Mk 2 damages Androne 4000's armour while being lifted by an arena spike

As 'activate' was called, it briefly backed away before luring Androne 4000 across the arena, with Team Tauron deciding to spin its bar spinner up slower than before to improve manoeuvrability. The two robots collided, with Tauron Mk 2 twice lifting Androne 4000 with its bar before the latter pushed it towards an entry gate and into Sir Killalot. The impact knocked one of Sir Killalot's shoulder pads off - Tauron Mk 2 drove over the spark jets to escape, but was quickly pushed back into Sir Killalot by Androne 4000, clipping the House Robot's claw in the process. Once more, Tauron Mk 2 backed out, but was soon grasped by Androne 4000, with the two robots pushing and dragging each other around as its spinner hit Androne 4000's front end.

"Go on, let's go guys – now we're up to speed! Let's have it!"
— Tom Brewster as Tauron Mk 2 tussles with Androne 4000
Androne 4000 grabs Tauron

The two competitors grapple with each other

Tauron lifting Androne 4000

Tauron Mk 2 throws Androne 4000 off the floor after hitting one of its forks

Eventually, Tauron Mk 2 was pushed onto the arena spikes by Androne 4000; as it was being lifted by one of the spikes, it tore Androne 4000's top panel open, the two robots locking together as Androne 4000 clamped onto Tauron Mk 2's bar assembly. Sir Killalot pushed both robots away, before Tauron Mk 2 was dragged forwards by Androne 4000 and released. Seconds later, it drove head-on into Androne 4000 again, which pushed Tauron Mk 2 back and sunk its crusher through the bar spinner mount. With its body lifted off the floor as a result of Androne 4000's attack, Tauron Mk 2 was rendered helpless as Dead Metal left her CPZ, grabbed it and sliced through its back panel. Dead Metal pushed Tauron Mk 2 over the Flame Pit as Androne 4000 released its grip; Tauron Mk 2 sustained another slice, but drove forwards and met Androne 4000 again in the centre of the arena. As Androne 4000 clamped and lifted its body up again, Tauron Mk 2's spinner clipped the latter’s forks, momentarily lifting its opponent onto one side.

"Yeah, here we go!"
— Tom Brewster as Tauron Mk 2 lifts Androne 4000 off its wheels
Androne 4000 vs Tauron 1

Smoke pours from Tauron Mk 2 as the two competitors lock together again

A second head-on collision stopped Tauron Mk 2's spinner, although it caught underneath Androne 4000’s top panel as it was pushed back. Tauron Mk 2 drove away and into Androne 4000 again, smoke pouring as Androne 4000 grabbed hold of one of the drive belts for its spinner. This had no apparent effect on Tauron Mk 2 as the competitors separated, as it tore Androne 4000's right-front panel apart seconds later.

"Tauron, are on top for me with Tom Brewster at the controls – [Androne 4000] are in real peril here..."
— Jonathan Pearce as Tauron Mk 2 damages a limping Androne 4000
Tauron vs Androne 4000 3

Tauron Mk 2 crashes into Androne 4000, throwing both into the air

As Androne 4000 struggled for mobility, Tauron Mk 2 slammed into its opponent twice more, the second hit tearing Androne 4000's loosened panel completely off and launching both robots off the floor. Tauron Mk 2 hit Androne 4000 again, before driving through an empty CPZ, dodging Dead Metal and attempting to lure Androne 4000 into the pit - its bar spinner having completely stopped by this point. The two robots drove around the arena in the closing seconds, with Tauron Mk 2 driving itself over – and being thrown by – the Floor Flipper just before 'cease' was called.

Tauron Mk II vs Androne 4000

Tauron Mk 2 is thrown by the floor flipper in the closing stages

"It proved to be a great fight, we had a lot of fun, and a big congrats to the Androne folks for taking it. I believe that the judges did make the right call – Personally, I believe that Androne certainly had plenty more control, whereas we scored highly on damage. Aggression may have been theirs in the first half of the battle, whereas the second half it could have been either way. It was a fantastic fight, and kudos to the Androne team for building such a fantastic machine."
— Tom Brewster

Both teams congratulated each other as the battle went to a Judges' decision – despite the damage inflicted to Androne 4000, the decision unanimously went against Tauron Mk 2, eliminating it from Series 10 after a brief, yet destructive run.

Angela Scanlon: "You'll come back, won't you?"
Tom Brewster: "Of course we will. We'll be back with another improved Tauron, I’m sure."
— Tom Brewster promises the return of Tauron following the second version's elimination

ResultsEdit

TAURON - RESULTS
Series 9
Series 9 - UK Championship
Round 1
Heat 3, Group Battle vs. Chimera2, Concussion, Thor Eliminated
Series 10
Series 10 - UK Championship
Robot Redemption Knockouts
Heat 4, Group Battle vs. Iron-Awe 6, The Kegs Lost
Heat 4, Robot Redemption vs. Androne 4000 Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

Tauron family

Tauron, Tauron Mk 2 and Tauron Mk 3 in Tom Brewster's garage

Series Tauron Series Record
Series 1-7 Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Heat, Round 1
Series 10 Heat, Round 1

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Tauron with axe

Tauron Mk 1, fitted with its axe

With help from the Dorset Roboteering Team, the Series 9 version of Tauron (now retroactively called Tauron Mk 1) was converted to compete in live events where spinning weapons were still considered unsafe. Tauron's gear ratio was altered to compensate for a new weapon, an axe in the shape of Tauron's logo, mounted in the same place as the spinning bar before it.

Behemoth vs Tauron

Tauron is stranded against the wall by Behemoth

At Extreme Robots in Guildford, Tauron fought Behemoth, Atom and Expulsion, but its axe weapon broke early into the fight, and it was stranded on its side by Behemoth for a large portion of the match. It also broke down in a match with Expulsion, Atom, Suspension and Cyclone. It also fought Ripper and Saint but did not win. In the Tag Team event, it partnered with Thor to battle Audacious and Weird mAlice, but Tauron broke down upon its first contact with Audacious.

In July 2017, The original Tauron also competed at a Robots Live! event in Grantham, where it fought four battles. Across these fights, Tauron fought Apollo and Meggamouse twice, and all of Behemoth, Turbulence, Gabriel, Eruption, Foxic and Chimera2 once. The team also entered one featherweight battle (see Spectre).

Tauron vs Tornado

Tauron Mk 2 with Tornado

To test the reliability of Tauron Mk 2, the team challenged Tornado to a practice battle on the streets outside the Brewster family's home[8], as Andrew Marchant had contacted Team Tauron after watching them compete in Series 9, to reveal that he lived in the same village as the Brewster family. Tauron was willingly pushed around by Tornado in the battle, and retaliated with slams of its own, and this allowed Team Tauron to confirm the reliability of their machine ahead of applying for Series 10. The team also took photos of Tornado with the original Tauron[9].

Tauron mk3

Tauron Mk 3 in Maidstone

A third version of Tauron, Tauron Mk 3, competed at Extreme Robots in Gloucester, where spinning weapons were now legalised. The weapon bar was attached but not yet connected to the motor, so not used in battle with Manta, Two-Headed Death Flamingo and Vortex, where it was the only robot to take Manta to a Judges' decision, but lost. It also fought Gabriel, Audacious and Griffalo, pushing the latter into the pit. In battle with Eruption, Two-Headed Death Flamingo and Beast, Tauron eventually became stranded on its own weapon and lost. Tauron and Two-Headed Death Flamingo then joined forces and won a Tag Team match against Chimera and Rattler on a Judges' decision to close off Tauron's event.

Tauron Mk 3 vs Gabriel

Tauron Mk 3 in battle with Gabriel

Tauron Mk 3 was more successful in Maidstone, the last Extreme Robots event of the year. Tauron Mk 3 suffered from an early immobilisation at the hands of Gabriel in a battle which also featured Infernal Contraption, and then lost a whiteboard battle to Infernal Contraption in spite of causing major damage to the fellow spinner and also defeating Cyclone in the same battle. Returning to the main competition, Tauron Mk 3 quickly immobilised TMHWK and reached the Grand Final to fight Ripper, where it ultimately lost after its batteries caught fire. Tom Brewster noted that John Findlay referred to this battle as the best he had ever fought in.

Tauron Mk4

Tauron before Extreme Robots in Cheltenham

For the Cheltenham Extreme Robots event held in November 2018, Tauron sported a new appearance after being converted back from Monsoon (see below) to now display the robot's name in glowing red. Tom Brewster noted that the robot could be considered Tauron Mk 4, as it features some new internals to be used as tests for the upcoming Monsoon 2[10]. Tauron did not enter the main competition, instead taking part only in whiteboard battles. In its first, Tauron lost to Cyclone 360 after losing mobility on one side, but it later gained the opportunity to cause significant damage to S.M.I.D.S.Y. in a melee which also featured Apex.

  • Monsoon at BattleBots in 2018
  • Monsoon with its team
  • Monsoon in the entry gates
  • Tom Brewster at BattleBots

Tom Brewster competed in the 2018 season of BattleBots with Monsoon, which had been converted from Tauron Mk 3[11]. Now armed with an asymmetrical vertical bar spinner, which could be swapped for Tauron Mk 3's symmetrical bar, Monsoon was entered into the series on a team with Tim Rackley, Sam Griffin, and Sarah Asplin. In its first battle, Monsoon fought Red Devil, and caused major damage with its first few attacks, ripping the saw blade from Red Devil. However, Monsoon lost the use of its spinner within the opening minute, and failed to make an impact for the remainder of the match, allowing the battle to result in a split decision, although the Judges' decision still went in favour of Monsoon. In its next battle, Monsoon defeated Petunia by knockout after hitting the Dutch machine from behind, causing it to catch fire, despite Monsoon also losing the use of its weapon and full drive towards the end of the battle. However, Monsoon's winning streak was ended by Son of Whyachi, which caused Monsoon to catch fire in a destructive knockout. In its fourth battle, Monsoon faced Axe Backwards for a chance to earn a 3-1 record ahead of the Top 16 selection, and promptly immobilised it by targeting the exposed tyre of Axe Backwards. Monsoon qualified for the Top 16 as the twelfth seed, drawing it against fifth seed SawBlaze, which initially pushed Monsoon around the BattleBox, but Monsoon won the Judges' decision by removing three of SawBlaze's four tyres and disabling its weapon. Monsoon was eliminated in the quarter-finals, after the fourth seed Minotaur disabled its weapon, and then turned Monsoon onto its side, wedging it against the side of the BattleBox.

  • Monsoon at BattleBots in 2019
  • Monsoon in a promotional BattleBots 2019 shot
  • Monsoon with is team at BattleBots in 2019
  • Tom Brewster at BattleBots in 2019

Monsoon also returned for the 2019 season of BattleBots, where Tom Brewster and Sarah Asplin were now joined by new teammates Rory Mangles and Alasdair Sutherland. The robot now featured a strengthened chassis, alternate armour panels, an optional spinning disc weapon, fork attachments, and a new brushless drive system. In its first battle of the season, Monsoon was drawn against former teammate Tim Rackley in a battle against Ragnarök, and came out on top by throwing it over for a very quick knockout. However, Monsoon lost its battle against HyperShock, with its entire spinner and weapon frame separating from the main body in the process, and then Monsoon lost to Valkyrie on a Judges' decision after its bar spinner was broken again.

Tom Brewster is also active in the featherweight division of robotics. His first project was Spectre, a weaponless prototype robot inspired by Gabriel, with two large, flexible wheels. Spectre fought in a single featherweight melee[12] at the Robots Live! event held in Grantham, in July 2017. This prototype led to creation of Straddle, the team's first competitive featherweight, which added a vertical bar spinner to the design used by Spectre, much like the BattleBots competitor HUGE. Both Spectre and Straddle maintained the red-and-black theme set by Tauron.

Straddle

Straddle (featherweight)

Straddle made its combat debut at the 2017 FRA Featherweight International Championships, and finished second in a three-way battle against Impact and Blunt Force Trauma, then defeated Mantis, before being resigned to thirteenth in the main championship after losing to Explosion and Shrapnel in two straight fights. Straddle later won a whiteboard six-way battle and finished runner-up in a 20-way 'Gladiator' battle.[13][14]

Straddle2

Straddle 2 at the 2018 King of Bots UK International Championships

In the second half of 2018, Tom Brewster created Straddle 2, a rebuild of Straddle which used a black-and-blue colour scheme and interchangeable asymmetrical bar spinners based on those of the heavyweight Monsoon. At that year's King of Bots UK International Championships, Straddle 2 immobilised Neon in its first battle, before defeating Cobalt and Tempest via Judges' decisions following double-knockouts in each of the latter battles. Straddle 2 scored enough points to reach the knockout round, where it was defeated by Get Shrekt, and was subsequently eliminated after losing its Loser's Melee to Orpheus. It also entered a whiteboard battle themed after the Robot Wars Shuntposting Facebook group, against Nelly the Ellybot, and Spank the Monkey, but lost to Nelly the Ellybot on a Judges' decision.

  • Drizzle before Bugglebots, with its bar spinner
  • Drizzle in February 2019 with its disc
  • Drizzle with its anti-horizontal disc

Tom Brewster entered the web-series Bugglebots with beetleweight design Drizzle, armed with a huge asymmetrical bar spinner, rotating vertically high above the robot. This weapon potentially had the largest diameter of any beetleweight spinner in the UK, and the robot was outfitted with magnets to keep it grounded while driving. Drizzle lost its opening battle to Futamishi in seconds, cutting its own weapon pulley to throw itself over, but Drizzle then won its redemption battle against Good Boi and Serious Business in similarly quick fashion. Drizzle broke its weapon in the semi-final battle against Nightingale, but still pushed its opponent into the pit to reach the Heat Final, where Drizzle was overturned by Captain Doom. Drizzle still participated in the five-way rumble for a chance to earn a place in the Grand Final, but after landing a heavy hit on Snappy, one of Drizzle's wheels fell off, rendering it immobile. Drizzle also competed in the UK vs The World special, but lost to Thunder Child, as well as fighting in a whiteboard 'boss battle', leading a team of six beetleweights against featherweight Crabsolutely Clawful, but was pitted and ultimately lost.

Following on from Bugglebots and the European Championship, Drizzle was modified in February 2019 to use two vertical disc ones, including an evenly circular blade, and a disc with a large tooth designed to fend off horizontal spinners, ahead of its appearance at the UWE Bot Brawl 2019.

  • T.T.R.E. in November 2017
  • T.T.R.E. with its Monsoon-style spinner
  • T.T.R.E. in February 2019

Team Tauron also have an active antweight named T.T.R.E. (The Tim Rackers Experience), an invertible 145g robot with an horizontal asymmetrical bar spinner, which debuted at Antweight World Series 53 in November 2017.[15] The robot's name references the team captain of the Dorset Roboteering Team, Tim Rackley. At Ant Freeze in 2018, T.T.R.E. notably lodged its bar spinner in the wooden wall. The robot also competed at Antweight World Series 57 in February 2019.

The team also run an online business, Drizzle Bots, which sells spinning weapons for antweight and beetleweight robots, including bars like those of Tauron and Monsoon, as well as custom designs.

TriviaEdit

  • According to Tom Brewster, Tauron's original names were Taurus or RYNO, the latter in reference to a weapon from the Ratchet & Clank video game series. The former was the team's preferred choice, but was not used in order to avoid confusion with the bomb disposal robot of the same name.[16]
  • The producers had a reserve robot on standby in case Tauron failed its safety tests in Series 9. Team Tauron believed that the reserve team had already filmed an interview with Dara Ó Briain.[17]
  • The Robot Wars website and Robot Wars: The Official Handbook erroneously refer to Tauron's weapon in Series 9 as a spinning drum, when it is in fact a vertical bar spinner.
  • Excluding Ka-Pow!'s appearance in the Series 8 pilot, Tauron was the first and only competitor in the rebooted series to come from Bedfordshire.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.teamtauron.co.uk/t2_build.html
  2. http://www.teamtauron.co.uk/robotwars10.html
  3. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/posts/1383034945113073
  4. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/photos/pcb.1383034945113073/1383034581779776/?type=3&theater
  5. RoboCast#17: Robot Wars Series 10 Heat 4 - SamElliott64
  6. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/posts/1610806839002548
  7. RoboCast#17: Robot Wars Series 10 Heat 4 - SamElliott64
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWB5ge8Iw0k
  9. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/posts/1402472229836011
  10. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/posts/2026294480787113
  11. Monsoon - BattleBot Facebook post
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6st6Kafh8_U&feature=youtu.be
  13. http://teamtauron.co.uk/straddle_combat.html
  14. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/posts/1538568126226420
  15. https://www.facebook.com/teamtauron/posts/1597723376977561
  16. https://www.reddit.com/r/robotwars/comments/7f92iu/ask_team_tauron_anything/dqae0qz/
  17. https://www.reddit.com/r/robotwars/comments/613uv4/we_are_team_tauron_ask_us_anything/dfbnsbx/

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