Team Dantomkia was a team that successfully entered the later series of Robot Wars. The team was captained by Michael Lambert, who was joined by his son Daniel and friend Steven Gadsby. They entered with two robots, Dantomkia, who failed to qualify for Series 4 as Dantomkia 1.0 but reached the Semi-Finals in Series 6 with Dantomkia 3.0 and 7 with Dantomkia 4.0, although it was mainly known as Dantomkia, and DTK, a featherweight version of Dantomkia who won the Series 7 Featherweight Championship. The team had three notable moments: flipping Chaos 2 out of the arena, setting the shortest battle record of eight seconds against IG-88, and having that record broken when flipped out of the arena by Gravity in six seconds. The team also won the Most Promising Newcomer Award in Series 6.
Mike built a robot named Bad Attitude after he built the original Dantomkia. Bad Attitude only attended one event and Mike then stripped it down and cut it up. He then built a third robot, Dantomkia 2.0, that was renamed Spitfire and entered into BattleBots. Mike was contacted by Robot Wars and asked to attempt to qualify again, which Mike refused but changed his mind after he was assured it was qualifiers, not auditions. Mike then built Dantomkia 3.0's shell in ten days, the insides was taken from Spitfire and put into Dantomkia. Dantomkia 3.0 and 4.0 was identical internally but had different chassis. In Series 6, Dantomkia 3.0's chassis was Ti and Polycarb covering the rear and upper panels. In series 7, Dantomkia 4.0's chassis was armoured in hardox.
Spitfire is still in the possession of Gareth Dean.
|Dantomkia||Heavyweight||Series 6-7, Extreme 2|
- Wins: 14
- Losses: 6
- Series 1-3: Did not enter
- Series 4: Failed to qualify with Dantomkia 1.0
- Series 5: Did not enter
- Series 6: Semi-Final, Round 2 with Dantomkia 3.0
- Series 7: Semi-Final, Round 1 with Dantomkia 4.0 and Featherweight Champion with DTK
Outside Robot Wars
Prior to Dantomkia's appearances Robot Wars, the team collaborated with the Lancaster Bombers to build Spitfire for Battlebots. Spitfire was a spiritual predecessor to Dantomkia - the same basic design but with a smaller gas tank and a faster spin speed. It was also only 80 kg, 20 kg under the Battlebots heavyweight weight limit. Spitfire beat the legendary Vlad The Impaler 2 in a televised match of the American competition. Post-Robot Wars, the team sold Dantomkia to Team Batter (captained by Scorpion team member John Bell) and it is still in competition today. Notably during the 2006 UK Championships it won the Annihilator competition. Very recently, it was sold on again to Team Hydra. Dantomkia 3.0 i still used as a display shell.