Tiberius was the name given to three competitor robots which competed from Series 4 through to Series 7 of Robot Wars. The original Tiberius was a basic two wheeled box-wedge shaped robot with a large spike powered by a car jack delivering 1.5 tons of pressure which could pierce through stainless steel and the machine could pull a Volkwagon Estate with the handbrake on. This version also travelled at 8 mph, had a welded steel chassis with polypropelene and gears from a motorbike. In Series 5, the team entered Tiberius 2, which had a more conventional crusher, and the team captain cited inspiration from Razer. It was less powerful than its inspiration, at 4 tonnes of pressure, powered by a 6 ton hydraulic ram. This machine was armoured in steel, polycarbonate, polypropelene and titanium. The team entered Series 6 and 7 with Tiberius 3, which retained the crushing weapon of its predecessor, built over a year, but now at 5 tons, producing 3 tonnes at the tip, and a new self-righting mechanism added in Extreme 2. This also had improved systems for higher maneuverability and faster operations. It was well controlled, had a low ground clearance, well armoured but was slowish at 10 mph, did not have much traction and more importantly slow self-righting. Tiberius 3 was the team's most successful robot, reaching the Heat Final of Series 7. It also won the University Challenge special in Extreme Series 2.
- "...pretty special for a first attempt"
- — Julia Reed
Tiberius was matched up against Mousetrap and 12th seeds Evil Weevil 2 in Round 1. It looked impressive in Round 1, choosing Mousetrap as its main target. Tiberius was subjected to a minor attack by the seeded Evil Weevil 2 early on, however that would the latter's only real onslaught in the battle as it broke down moments after. Tiberius then managed to pin down and pierce Mousetrap's top armour with its unique crusher, and Refbot had to break the two up. The two went on to fight for the remainder of the battle, as the House Robots attacked Evil Weevil 2 and gave it a flight curtsey of the Floor Flipper. Both Mousetrap and Tiberius went through at the expense of the seeds. In the second round against Little Fly, it started the fight as the aggressor, repeatedly pounding into its opposition. It then slammed Little Fly into Sergeant Bash, who torched Little Fly but caused no visible damage. Tiberius then pushed its foe into Bash again, who then crumpled Little fly's front end with its front pincer. Tiberius continued the aggressive approach towards the fly, before slamming it directly into the arena wall. Unfortunately, this would be its undoing, as it got stuck there. It was freed with help from the House Robots, but when it was released only one drive motor was functioning. Upon its immobilization, it was promptly axed by Shunt and lifted up by Sir Killalot who put it on the edge of the pit. Shunt and Matilda then ended the team's Series 4 campaign when they nudged it in.
In Round 1 of Series 5, Tiberius 2 was put up against newcomers Monad. Tiberius 2 was by far slower than Monad in the battle, but it still managed to grip it and crush into the side. Monad's jaw then came loose on the front; Monad then hit the pit release, but then stopped dead, allowing Tiberius to grip it again with its claw and pit it, putting Tiberius through. Tiberius 2 then fought former champions and number 6 seeds Panic Attack in the second round. It started well, gripping the front of Panic Attack with its claw and steering it around. Panic Attack got away and lifted it, shoving it into the House Robots. Shunt axed Tiberius a few times before it eventually escaped, but Panic Attack lifted it up again. This time, Panic Attack went for the pit release button, it dragged Tiberius 2 towards the pit, and dropped it down, almost toppling in itself.
- "...12 months of work and it could all go in the first round. No wonder they're wincing"
- — Philippa Forrester talking about Tiberius' battle draw.
Tiberius 3 had been drawn against Supernova from Team Trinity, Short Circuit and Spawn Again, who was seeded 10th. It began by getting off quickly and attacking Supernova, who retaliated. Tiberius managed to pierce the Sri Lankan machine, holding it in the CPZ at the mercy of Sergeant Bash and Sir Killalot, and a small clash with the latter resulted in a buckled crushing jaw on Tiberius. Tiberius tried to grip into Supernova, but it escaped. Meanwhile Short Circuit had been decimated by Supernova's flywheel. Tiberius looked as if it had lost control and broken down. Spawn Again then flipped Tiberius over and Tiberius was counted out. Short Circuit was pitted and Tiberius was flipped by the floor flipper and pitted by Sir Killalot. After the battle it was found that Tiberius' removable link had fallen out of the machine after an attack from Supernova.
- "Don't go in after him Killalot, that's not in the script!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Killalot almost followed Tiberius into the pit.
Tiberius 3 participated in the University Challenge tournament, representing Loughborough University, and faced Infinity and Fluffy in the first round. Tiberius 3 grabbed hold of Fluffy straight from the start, and stayed stuck to it for the rest of the battle. Infinity tried to separate both opponents, but when Growler pressed the pit button, Tiberius 3 held Fluffy over the pit, and both machine were pushed in by Refbot. Fluffy went into the pit first, and had been immobilised by the claw of Tiberius, so the machine from Loughborough went through along with Infinity. In Round 2, Tiberius 3 met C.V., and attacked it at the start, but struggled to grab hold of it. It eventually grabbed hold of C.V., and pushed it into the pit button, then the pit. Tiberius 3 faced Infinity in the final, and tried to grab hold of it.
- "It hasn't got great pressure, the beak"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tiberius 3 attacked Infinity again, pushing it into the angle grinders and around the arena, before pushing it into Shunt's axe. At one point, Tiberius managed to get its claw between the bodywork and a wheel on Infinity, but could not gain much of an advantage from this. The battle was relatively uneventful, but Tiberius 3 won the judges' decision and the tournament.
Tiberius 3 played virtually no part in its first round battle, as M2 dominated the battle by tossing both other opponents (Shell Shock and Vader) out of the arena. Tiberius 3 was through to the next round by default, fighting New Blood heat-finallists Roobarb. After avoiding Roobarb's flipper, Tiberius 3 pierced the back of Roobarb and pitted it. In the heat final, it fought M2 again, despite having not actually attacked it in the first round. It pierced M2's armour, carrying M2 towards the pit. However, M2 was putting up a struggle and Tiberius 3 was unable to direct it towards the pit. Instead, both robots ended up in the CPZ and were attacked by Growler, who tried to pull M2 away but Tiberius 3 was still hanging onto its opponent. After ramming attacks from Growler, M2 was able to escape the claw of Tiberius 3 and quickly drove away from the CPZ. Tiberius 3 tried to chase after its opponent, but M2 turned and flipped Tiberius 3 over. M2 then threw Tiberius 3 against the arena wall and tried to flip it out of the arena, but only succeeded in flipping it back onto its wheels. However, M2 quickly flipped Tiberius 3 back over and then threw it into the pit of oblivion. This eliminated Tiberius 3 from the wars.
|TIBERIUS - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat K, Eliminator||vs. Evil Weevil 2 (12), Mousetrap||Qualified|
|Heat K, Semi-Final||vs. Little Fly||Lost|
|TIBERIUS 2 - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat J, Eliminator||vs. Monad||Won|
|Heat J, Semi-Final||vs. Panic Attack (6)||Lost|
|TIBERIUS 3 - RESULTS|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat H, Round 1||vs. Spawn Again (10), Short Circuit, Supernova||Eliminated|
|Extreme Series 2|
|Round 1||vs. Fluffy, Infinity||Qualified|
|Round 2||vs. C.V.||Won|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat A, Round 1||vs. M2, Vader, Shell Shock||Qualified|
|Heat A, Round 2||vs. Roobarb||Won|
|Heat A, Final||vs. M2||Lost|
- Wins: 7
- Losses: 4
- Series 1-3: Did not enter
- Series 4: Heat, Round 2
- Series 5: Heat, Round 2
- Series 6: Heat, Round 1
- Series 7: Heat Final
- Other than Razer, Tiberius is the only vertical crusher robot to reach a Heat Final.
Outside of Robot Wars
After Robot Wars, Tiberius was rebuilt with a larger claw and renamed Tiberius 4, though it is mostly only known as Tiberius. Tiberius has fought in many tournaments throughout the country since Robot Wars' end, achieving great success, being the most feared crusher still competing. The robot, now in its sixth incarnation, was bought by Ed Hoppitt of Team Storm in January 2013, who says that Tiberius will still be worked on to fight competitively, although the team's main focus will remain as Storm 2.