Team 13 are a team from Leicestershire who competed on Robot Wars starting with Series 2 when they entered with Limpet, before finding their biggest success during Series 6 with 13 Black. They later returned for Series 9 with Heavy Metal.

The TeamEdit

Limpet team

Denny and Freeman in 1999 with Limpet

Team 13 is captained by John Denny, an engineering technician by trade, who competed in every series that the team took part in. In Series 2, he was joined by John Freeman, and together they entered Limpet. For Series 3, they upgraded the robot to become Limpet mk2, but it was not selected to compete.

John Denny's next televised appearance was in Series 5, with 13 Black. There, he was joined by Richard Morris and Ken Wilson. In Extreme 2 and Series 7, John's young daughter Tasha joined the team, who remained part of the team in Series 9, now a young adult.

The team were good sports, and this was recognised by Robot Wars, as 13 Black was one of only two nominees for the Sportsmanship Award during The Fifth Wars. However, the Cold Fusion Team won the award.

Team 13 S6

Team 13 Black in Series 6

13black pits

Team 13 Black in Extreme 2

When competing on Robot Wars from Series 5 onwards, the team were known as Team 13 Black, but this was shortened to Team 13 while the show entered its hiatus. Team 13 applied to enter Series 8 with Heavy Metal, but were not selected to compete, instead competing in Series 9, although they would not qualify for Series 10. For Series 9, the team was comprised entirely of John Denny's family, including wife Cath, son John Jr. and daughter Tasha. John Denny Jr had driven all of Team 13's robots on the live circuit during the show's hiatus, developing much recognition for his driving ability, and became the driver of Heavy Metal in Series 9.

"This is his first time competing with his family, which makes it extra special."
— The Robot Wars website on John Denny


  • Limpet (Series 2)
  • 13 Black (Series 5)
  • 13 Black (Series 6)
  • 13 Black (Extreme 2)
  • 13 Black (Series 7)
  • Heavy Metal (Series 9)
Name Weight Class Series
Limpet Heavyweight Series 2
13 Black Heavyweight Series 5-7, Extreme 2
Heavy Metal Heavyweight Series 9


  • Wins: 6
  • Losses: 5

NOTE: Limpet's Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included

Series RecordEdit

All Team 13 Robots

All of Team 13's robots, past and present

Main Series Team 13 Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Trial with Limpet
The Third Wars Not selected with Limpet Mk 2
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 1 with 13 Black
The Sixth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1 with 13 Black
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2 with 13 Black
Series 8 Not selected with Heavy Metal
Series 9 Heat Round 2, Third Place with Heavy Metal
Series 10 Not selected with Heavy Metal
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with 13 Black



Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • Heavy Metal and Clank 5
  • 13 Black as a display at the 2011 Robots Live! UK Championships
  • An earlier version of Limpet XS
  • Limpet XS in 2017
  • Limpet XS in 2018
  • Limpet at Bugglebots

While Robot Wars was on hiatus, Team 13 preserved both of their competitors. Limpet still remains in once piece, but has long been retired. 13 Black briefly fought in the Roaming Robots circuit after Robot Wars finished, but due to safety reasons was not allowed to run its discs. 13 Black is now retired from combat but has attended several live events on static display since. One of its flywheels was sold as part of Team Toon's charity auction.

Some of Team 13 now compete with smaller robots. They compete with Clank, a featherweight armed with a full pressure flipper which won the 2016 UK Championship Annihilator, and antweight robots named Ant Ratchet and Ant Clank. All the aforementioned robots are based on characters from the video game series, Ratchet & Clank. Team 13 have also created a variety of other robots for smaller weight classes, including antweights Limpet XXT and The Joker, as well as the nanoweight Mr Zurkon, again based on the Ratchet & Clank series. Team 13 are currently building Double Zero and Limpet XL, featherweight versions of 13 Black and Limpet respectively. Their most successful robot is Limpet XS, a beetleweight champion.


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