- "This family team is made up of Peter and his two sons. They have no professional engineering qualifications, but they have many years of experience and skills between them in different forms."
- — The Robot Wars website on Team Forsey in Series 9
Team Forsey is a roboteering team made up of the Worcestershire-based Forsey family, captained by Peter Forsey. The team debuted in Series 5 of Robot Wars, and competed on the show all the way up to Series 9, entering the original and reboot runs of the show with Trouble 'n' Strife, Revenge of Trouble & Strife and M.R. Speed Squared.
The Team[edit | edit source]
Team Forsey is a family team, usually consisting of father Peter Forsey with his two sons. Only one team member, Mike Stokes in Series 5 and Extreme 2, was not a member of the Forsey family. Team Forsey competed in a total of five UK series in Robot Wars, also competing in the second series of Extreme, and applied for Series 10 without being selected.
Peter Forsey[edit | edit source]
- "At work, we try to avoid fatalities, but at Robot Wars, that's the mission!"
- — Cardiologist Peter Forsey in Series 8
Peter Forsey was the captain of the team, and was the lead builder and driver of all three robots entered by Team Forsey. Peter Forsey worked as a cardiologist who specialised in fitting pacemakers, a profession which was frequently referenced during the rebooted series of Robot Wars. In Series 9, Peter Forsey was aged 52, and entered the original run of Robot Wars in his late thirties. Peter Forsey wad very knowledgeable about engineering and physics, often baffling presenters such as Dara Ó Briain with his technical explanations of his robots and their weaponry on television.
- "Peter used to work for a company designing and building computer interface. He also motorised his tricycle when he was only ten."
- — The Robot Wars website on Peter Forsey
In Series 9, Peter Forsey entered Robot Wars with the goal of winning the UK championship, and pledged that if he did not win the series, he would marry his long-term partner Ellie. This led to the presenters and Jonathan Pearce suggesting that Ellie would want M.R. Speed Squared to lose, and Peter would often make cheeky remarks that a victory would get him "off the hook". This coincidentally follows on from his robot Trouble 'n' Strife being named after the Cockney rhyming slang for "wife". Ultimately, M.R. Speed Squared was eliminated in the second round of its heat, and Peter Forsey admitted that he would likely propose to his partner soon.
- Dara Ó Briain: "What happens if you DO win Robot Wars? Why would you not celebrate?"
- Peter Forsey: "I'm off the hook! That's why I've been working so hard on it!"
- — Peter Forsey aims for victory to avoid marrying his partner
Jake Forsey[edit | edit source]
- "In the past Jake has built go karts, small robots and has experience in computer programming."
- — The Robot Wars website on Jake Forsey
Peter Forsey's eldest son Jake was present on Team Forsey in all of their appearances on Robot Wars. In the original run of Robot Wars, he was a schoolchild who had not reached his teenage years, but was keenly interested in competing alongside his father. By the time of Series 9, Jake Forsey was a 24-year old GIS analyst in the IT trade, and was listed as the "Chief Strategist and Tactician" on the Robot Wars website.
Sam Forsey[edit | edit source]
Younger son Sam Forsey joined the team from Series 6 onwards, although he only appeared in the second half of the team's Annihilator appearance in the second series of Extreme. At the time of Series 9, Sam Forsey was a 22-year old Motorsport Engineering student, and helped to weld M.R. Speed Squared prior to its appearance on the show. Despite this, Sam Forsey could not reprise his role as welder at filming, due to all welding for every competitor being completed by a designated welder on-site. The Robot Wars website also referred to Sam Forsey as "the muscle and graft" of the team.
Mike Stokes[edit | edit source]
Mike Stokes was a member of the Trouble 'n' Strife team during the Fifth Wars, and also part of the team in the second series of Extreme, with Revenge of Trouble & Strife. Mike Stokes was not credited as a team member in the latter, but he completed the team's interview with Philippa Forrester before the first round of the Annihilator. After the first round, Mike Stokes was not seen on the team, with Sam Forsey taking his place.
Robots[edit | edit source]
|Trouble 'n' Strife||Heavyweight||Series 5|
|Revenge of Trouble & Strife||Heavyweight||Series 6-7, Extreme 2|
|M.R. Speed Squared||Heavyweight||Series 8-9|
Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]
- Wins: 6
- Losses: 9
Series Record[edit | edit source]
|Main Series||Team Forsey Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1 with Trouble 'n' Strife|
|The Sixth Wars||Heat, Round 1 with Revenge of Trouble & Strife|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2 with Revenge of Trouble & Strife|
|Series 8||Heat Round 2, Third Place with M.R. Speed Squared|
|Series 9||Heat Round 2, Fourth Place with M.R. Speed Squared|
|Series 10||Not selected with M.R. Speed Squared|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||Annihilator, Fourth Place with Revenge of Trouble & Strife|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Team Forsey is one of only two teams who debuted in Series 5 and competed in at least five main UK series of the show, alongside Team Legion.
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