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{{quote|It's like the Mike Tyson of the Robot Wars world!|[[Craig Charles]] on Tornado in [[Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat F|Heat F of the Fourth Wars]]}}
 
{{quote|It's like the Mike Tyson of the Robot Wars world!|[[Craig Charles]] on Tornado in [[Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat F|Heat F of the Fourth Wars]]}}
'''Tornado''' was a robot that competed in the British television game show ''[[Robot Wars]]'', entered by Team Tornado, also known as The Storm Chasers. It was a basic box-shaped robot with a durable red welded-steel frame and clear polycarbonate armour with fixed spikes at the front and back. It only had a pneumatic spike in [[Series 4]], but was given a vertical spinning disc in [[Series 5]] running off a 3.5HP motor. In [[Series 6]], it had interchangeable weaponry - the disc, a wedge (which would later incorporate a chain flail), a static spike, and a rectangular frame with horizontal blade (intended for use against [[Razer]]). Rather than its weaponry, however, Tornado mainly relied on its speed and strength to push competitors into the pit or slam them into the arena walls. It featured 24V motors being run at 36V - the first robot to use that voltage. The motors were geared very low to give it high pushing power of 7BHP - its top speed was only 10mph, but it had very good acceleration and manoeuvrability over short distances and was capable of pulling a Land Rover. Tornado was also invertible, allowing it to continue running even when flipped but had a 2cm ground clearance and the drive train was often unreliable.
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'''Tornado''' was a robot that competed in the British television game show ''[[Robot Wars]]'', entered by Team Tornado, also known as The Storm Chasers. It was a basic box-shaped robot with a durable red welded-steel frame and clear polycarbonate armour with fixed spikes at the front and back. It only had a pneumatic spike in [[Series 4]], but was given a vertical spinning disc in [[Series 5]] running off a 3.5HP motor. In [[Series 6]], it had interchangeable weaponry - the disc, a wedge (which would later incorporate a chain flail), a static spike, and a rectangular frame with horizontal blade (intended for use against [[Razer]]). Rather than its weaponry, however, Tornado mainly relied on its speed and strength to push competitors into the pit or slam them into the arena walls. It featured 24V motors being run at 36V - the first robot to use that voltage. The motors were geared very low to give it high pushing power of 7BHP - its top speed was only 10 mph, but it had very good acceleration and manoeuvrability over short distances and was capable of pulling a Land Rover. Tornado was also invertible, allowing it to continue running even when flipped but had a 2 cm ground clearance and the drive train was often unreliable.
   
 
Tornado was particularly notable in that it defeated the best performing [[Clusterbots|clusterbot]] and the best performing [[walkerbot]] in heat finals across its history. It also defeated [[Chaos 2]] and [[Pussycat]] twice each, the only robot to do so. Tornado managed to win two Challenge Belts across the Extreme series.
 
Tornado was particularly notable in that it defeated the best performing [[Clusterbots|clusterbot]] and the best performing [[walkerbot]] in heat finals across its history. It also defeated [[Chaos 2]] and [[Pussycat]] twice each, the only robot to do so. Tornado managed to win two Challenge Belts across the Extreme series.
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Tornado's arsenal of weapons included:
 
Tornado's arsenal of weapons included:
*'''Spinning drum''' - Tornado's main weapon, weighing 15kg and spinning at 2000RPM.
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*'''Spinning drum''' - Tornado's main weapon, weighing 15 kg and spinning at 2000RPM.
 
*'''Scoop''' - a simple low wedge, nicknamed "The Charity Scoop" as it was used in live events. It was first used during the Second World Championships.
 
*'''Scoop''' - a simple low wedge, nicknamed "The Charity Scoop" as it was used in live events. It was first used during the Second World Championships.
 
*'''Static spear''' - This spike was only used once in the battle with Anarchy, with the intention of piercing the plastic armour protecting the legs. It has been scrapped.
 
*'''Static spear''' - This spike was only used once in the battle with Anarchy, with the intention of piercing the plastic armour protecting the legs. It has been scrapped.
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*'''Anti-spinner weapon''' - This weapon was never seen, as the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint when they learned that Tornado had it. It was essentially a tyre. It was not seen and has been scrapped.
 
*'''Anti-spinner weapon''' - This weapon was never seen, as the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint when they learned that Tornado had it. It was essentially a tyre. It was not seen and has been scrapped.
 
{{Quote|...we fitted our Anti Spinner Weapon - but the Hypno boys raised an official objection, and we were prevented from using it, as it was viewed according to the rules as a defensive addition rather than an offensive weapon...|Team Tornado<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwd15.htm/ Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
 
{{Quote|...we fitted our Anti Spinner Weapon - but the Hypno boys raised an official objection, and we were prevented from using it, as it was viewed according to the rules as a defensive addition rather than an offensive weapon...|Team Tornado<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwd15.htm/ Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
*'''Anti Axe Weapon''' - Whilst never seen or mentioned on TV, Tornado had a Anti Axe Weapon. It is unknown what it looked like as it has been scrapped.
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*'''Anti Axe Weapon''' - Whilst never seen or mentioned on TV, Tornado had an Anti Axe Weapon. It is unknown what it looked like as it has been scrapped.
 
*'''Scoop lifter''' - Similar in design to the charity scoop, except it had a lifting mechanism installed. It was only used in the Heat Final of Series 7 and broke after Tetanus Booster hit it while it was open. It has been scrapped.
 
*'''Scoop lifter''' - Similar in design to the charity scoop, except it had a lifting mechanism installed. It was only used in the Heat Final of Series 7 and broke after Tetanus Booster hit it while it was open. It has been scrapped.
 
*'''Chain flail''' - Similar again to the charity scoop with a simple chain flail. It, in effect, was the scoop's replacement for Series 7, where active weapons were required.
 
*'''Chain flail''' - Similar again to the charity scoop with a simple chain flail. It, in effect, was the scoop's replacement for Series 7, where active weapons were required.
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==Rivalry==
 
==Rivalry==
[[File:Razer_vs_Tornado.jpg|thumb|Tornado's first loss to Razer.]]
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[[File:Razer vs Tornado.jpg|thumb|Tornado's first loss to Razer.]]
 
Tornado had an infamous rivalry with [[Razer]]. The two robots first met in the All-Stars final in Extreme Series 1, in which Razer immediately grabbed hold of Tornado and tried to pierce the tyres of its opponent. Tornado briefly escaped but Razer grabbed hold once again, doing more damage and leaving it immobilised. This left Razer able to easily push Tornado into the pit. Their next encounter was in the semi-finals of [[The Second World Championship]], which ended with a similar outcome. Once again, Razer quickly grabbed hold of Tornado and pierced through its armour. Razer then picked Tornado up and held it over the pit, eventually dropping it in.
 
Tornado had an infamous rivalry with [[Razer]]. The two robots first met in the All-Stars final in Extreme Series 1, in which Razer immediately grabbed hold of Tornado and tried to pierce the tyres of its opponent. Tornado briefly escaped but Razer grabbed hold once again, doing more damage and leaving it immobilised. This left Razer able to easily push Tornado into the pit. Their next encounter was in the semi-finals of [[The Second World Championship]], which ended with a similar outcome. Once again, Razer quickly grabbed hold of Tornado and pierced through its armour. Razer then picked Tornado up and held it over the pit, eventually dropping it in.
   
 
Following these easy Razer victories, Tornado developed a special weapon for use in future battles between the two machines. It was a front-mounted spinning blade, supported by a large metal frame around the whole robot. The first time this weapon was used against Razer was in Extreme Warriors, in the semi-final of the International Championship. In this battle, Tornado was able to push Razer around easily, but when it pushed Razer into the CPZ, the House Robots attacked the cage when they weren't supposed to. Razer also ripped out Tornado's weapon motor in one of the attacks. The judges, however, gave the match to Tornado. Team Razer were so appalled, they confronted the judges directly. The judges had ignored the attacks on the cage by the House Robots, which they deemed should not have happened, but it became clear that they had accidentally mistaken Tornado's motor for Razer's wheel. The decision stood, but one of the judges later said it was one of the worst moments of his career.
 
Following these easy Razer victories, Tornado developed a special weapon for use in future battles between the two machines. It was a front-mounted spinning blade, supported by a large metal frame around the whole robot. The first time this weapon was used against Razer was in Extreme Warriors, in the semi-final of the International Championship. In this battle, Tornado was able to push Razer around easily, but when it pushed Razer into the CPZ, the House Robots attacked the cage when they weren't supposed to. Razer also ripped out Tornado's weapon motor in one of the attacks. The judges, however, gave the match to Tornado. Team Razer were so appalled, they confronted the judges directly. The judges had ignored the attacks on the cage by the House Robots, which they deemed should not have happened, but it became clear that they had accidentally mistaken Tornado's motor for Razer's wheel. The decision stood, but one of the judges later said it was one of the worst moments of his career.
   
[[File:Razer_vs_tornado.JPG|thumb|left|Razer is unable to pit Tornado in the Final of Series 6]]The two robots met again in the Grand Final of Series 6 and Tornado used its anti-crusher device once more. In response to this weapon, the Razer team added an extended claw to the end of its beak, but all it could do was grab the frame of Tornado, and Tornado was able to push Razer around the arena and slam it into the arena walls. Eventually Razer was able to lift Tornado and carry it over to the pit, but Tornado's frame meant that it could not be dropped into the pit. Cease was called and after a very close judges' decision Tornado took Razer's crown of UK Champion.
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[[File:Razer vs tornado.JPG|thumb|left|Razer is unable to pit Tornado in the Final of Series 6]]The two robots met again in the Grand Final of Series 6 and Tornado used its anti-crusher device once more. In response to this weapon, the Razer team added an extended claw to the end of its beak, but all it could do was grab the frame of Tornado, and Tornado was able to push Razer around the arena and slam it into the arena walls. Eventually Razer was able to lift Tornado and carry it over to the pit, but Tornado's frame meant that it could not be dropped into the pit. Cease was called and after a very close judges' decision Tornado took Razer's crown of UK Champion.
   
 
Tornado used the spinning blade and framework again in the semi-final of the European Championship in Extreme Series 2, but Razer had developed a new add-on in the shape of an upward-facing hook, which would be used to grab hold of Tornado's frame. The hook worked well, and Razer was able to lift Tornado by the frame. Razer opened the pit and tried to carry Tornado towards it, but the motors burnt out and it was unable to finish Tornado off. The judges went for Razer, but the team later decided to give the victory to Tornado as they felt that they had been immobilised.
 
Tornado used the spinning blade and framework again in the semi-final of the European Championship in Extreme Series 2, but Razer had developed a new add-on in the shape of an upward-facing hook, which would be used to grab hold of Tornado's frame. The hook worked well, and Razer was able to lift Tornado by the frame. Razer opened the pit and tried to carry Tornado towards it, but the motors burnt out and it was unable to finish Tornado off. The judges went for Razer, but the team later decided to give the victory to Tornado as they felt that they had been immobilised.
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===Series 4===
 
===Series 4===
   
[[File:Berserk_2_vs_tornado.jpg|thumb|Tornado rams Berserk 2]]
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[[File:Berserk 2 vs tornado.jpg|thumb|Tornado rams Berserk 2]]
 
{{Quote|Now...what engine have you got in that? It's like a Ferrari!|[[Craig Charles]] after Tornado's victory against [[Berserk 2]]}}
 
{{Quote|Now...what engine have you got in that? It's like a Ferrari!|[[Craig Charles]] after Tornado's victory against [[Berserk 2]]}}
   
 
Tornado's first fight was against Kater Killer and the clusterbot Gemini. It exploded off the starting position and slammed straight into Kater Killer. Shoving it into [[Sir Killalot]], it rushed back, circled the arena and slammed into it again, pushing it into one of the Gemini twins, who flipped it over. It pushed Kater Killer around and righted it, pushing it into [[Shunt]], who immobilised it with its axe. Tornado then shoved Shunt around the arena while Killalot finished off Kater Killer. Tornado's next battle was against the seeded Berserk 2. It rammed into the arena wall until it was immobilised. Finally, Tornado came up against the eighth seeds again. Gemini started slower than the speedy Tornado, who was flipped twice, but came back immediately. It targeted one of the Gemini twins and impaled it on an arena spike, immobilising it. The Gemini team was eliminated since one half was immobilised. The unanticipated win over the clusterbot put Tornado through to the semi-finals.
 
Tornado's first fight was against Kater Killer and the clusterbot Gemini. It exploded off the starting position and slammed straight into Kater Killer. Shoving it into [[Sir Killalot]], it rushed back, circled the arena and slammed into it again, pushing it into one of the Gemini twins, who flipped it over. It pushed Kater Killer around and righted it, pushing it into [[Shunt]], who immobilised it with its axe. Tornado then shoved Shunt around the arena while Killalot finished off Kater Killer. Tornado's next battle was against the seeded Berserk 2. It rammed into the arena wall until it was immobilised. Finally, Tornado came up against the eighth seeds again. Gemini started slower than the speedy Tornado, who was flipped twice, but came back immediately. It targeted one of the Gemini twins and impaled it on an arena spike, immobilising it. The Gemini team was eliminated since one half was immobilised. The unanticipated win over the clusterbot put Tornado through to the semi-finals.
[[File:Chaos_2_hurls_tornado.jpg|thumb|left|Tornado's run in The Fourth Wars comes to an end.]]
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[[File:Chaos 2 hurls tornado.jpg|thumb|left|Tornado's run in The Fourth Wars comes to an end.]]
 
In the Semi-Finals, Andrew Marchant remarked that he was relieved to be fighting Wheely Big Cheese instead of [[Suicidal Tendencies]], whom it controversially defeated in its heat final. Tornado was far quicker and, although the Cheese flipped Tornado twice, Tornado shoved Wheely Big Cheese into a [[Robot Wars Arena#Corner Patrol Zones|CPZ]] and buckled a wheel. Tornado was flipped again and started smoking, but the judges went for Tornado. Tornado's final battle against Chaos 2 was fought three times, but only the third one was shown on TV. Tornado ran into Chaos 2, who rushed it up and flipped it out of the arena. Tornado was awarded Best Newcomer at the end of the series.
 
In the Semi-Finals, Andrew Marchant remarked that he was relieved to be fighting Wheely Big Cheese instead of [[Suicidal Tendencies]], whom it controversially defeated in its heat final. Tornado was far quicker and, although the Cheese flipped Tornado twice, Tornado shoved Wheely Big Cheese into a [[Robot Wars Arena#Corner Patrol Zones|CPZ]] and buckled a wheel. Tornado was flipped again and started smoking, but the judges went for Tornado. Tornado's final battle against Chaos 2 was fought three times, but only the third one was shown on TV. Tornado ran into Chaos 2, who rushed it up and flipped it out of the arena. Tornado was awarded Best Newcomer at the end of the series.
   
 
===Extreme 1===
 
===Extreme 1===
[[File:Tornado_wins_challenge_belt.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado seizes the Challenge Belt]]
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[[File:Tornado wins challenge belt.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado seizes the Challenge Belt]]
 
{{quote|We fought Stinger in a slightly fake Grudge match - at least Tornado performed better than our acting!|Team Tornado website<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwfights.htm Team Tornado's Victories And Defeats on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
 
{{quote|We fought Stinger in a slightly fake Grudge match - at least Tornado performed better than our acting!|Team Tornado website<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwfights.htm Team Tornado's Victories And Defeats on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
 
Tornado competed in a Robot Wars Vengeance battle against Stinger, the reason for this being because the Stinger team claimed Tornado was a box on wheels. Tornado shoved Stinger around the arena and into Dead Metal. Stinger escaped and Tornado narrowly avoided the house robot. The fight went to the judges and Tornado was given the win.
 
Tornado competed in a Robot Wars Vengeance battle against Stinger, the reason for this being because the Stinger team claimed Tornado was a box on wheels. Tornado shoved Stinger around the arena and into Dead Metal. Stinger escaped and Tornado narrowly avoided the house robot. The fight went to the judges and Tornado was given the win.
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After having reached the Series Semi-Finals of Series 4, Tornado also competed in the All-Stars tournament where it fought 3 Stegs To Heaven in Round 1. It was more aggressive in the fight as it rammed its opponent into the CPZ where after 3 Stegs was picked up by Sir Killalot and roasted on the flame pit. Team Steg-O-Saw-Us' robot appeared to have lost a chain for one of its wheels which allowed Tornado to win the judges decision and go into the Quarter-Finals where it met Pussycat. It pushed Pussycat all over the arena as well as breaking off one of its wheels. Pussycat was immobilised after becoming stuck on its side which meant Tornado went through. The semi-final saw Tornado against Chaos 2. Tornado managed to push Chaos 2 around the arena, but ended up on the wall at one point in the right position to be flipped out by Chaos 2. Controversially, Refbot knocked Tornado off the wall. The fight then went to a judges decision and Tornado was awarded the win and a place in the All-Stars Grand-Final at the end of the last episode. Despite its best efforts, Tornado couldn't get its disc into any great effect in on Razer who plunged its beak into its bodywork, not letting it go. After being axed by Shunt and being shoved on the flame pit, Tornado broke down, was counted out by Refbot, flipped by the floor flipper and put out of its misery by getting dumped down the pit.
 
After having reached the Series Semi-Finals of Series 4, Tornado also competed in the All-Stars tournament where it fought 3 Stegs To Heaven in Round 1. It was more aggressive in the fight as it rammed its opponent into the CPZ where after 3 Stegs was picked up by Sir Killalot and roasted on the flame pit. Team Steg-O-Saw-Us' robot appeared to have lost a chain for one of its wheels which allowed Tornado to win the judges decision and go into the Quarter-Finals where it met Pussycat. It pushed Pussycat all over the arena as well as breaking off one of its wheels. Pussycat was immobilised after becoming stuck on its side which meant Tornado went through. The semi-final saw Tornado against Chaos 2. Tornado managed to push Chaos 2 around the arena, but ended up on the wall at one point in the right position to be flipped out by Chaos 2. Controversially, Refbot knocked Tornado off the wall. The fight then went to a judges decision and Tornado was awarded the win and a place in the All-Stars Grand-Final at the end of the last episode. Despite its best efforts, Tornado couldn't get its disc into any great effect in on Razer who plunged its beak into its bodywork, not letting it go. After being axed by Shunt and being shoved on the flame pit, Tornado broke down, was counted out by Refbot, flipped by the floor flipper and put out of its misery by getting dumped down the pit.
   
[[File:Razer_vs_Tornado_2nd_WC.jpg|thumb|Tornado's second loss to Razer, in the Second World Championships.]]
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[[File:Razer vs Tornado 2nd WC.jpg|thumb|Tornado's second loss to Razer, in the Second World Championships.]]
After finishing second in the All-Stars Grand-Final, Tornado represented the UK in the Second World Championship along with Chaos 2, Firestorm 3 and Razer. This competition was also broadcast during ''[[Extreme Warriors: Season 1]]''. Its first round saw it in a bit of of trouble as it was flipped repeatedly by American Panzer Mk 2 and sandwiched against Panzer and Belgian Philipper. After Panzer Mk 2 and Yeborobo had both been eliminated, it was left to fight Philipper and shoved it on the flame pit in the last 10 seconds. The fight went to the judges and Tornado was given the win. Tornado then in the Semi-Final fought the Reigning World Champion Razer, this time with its scoop fitted to it. Again, Razer kept burying its jaw into Tornado's bodywork before taking it to the pit and dropping it down.
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After finishing second in the All-Stars Grand-Final, Tornado represented the UK in the Second World Championship along with Chaos 2, Firestorm 3 and Razer. This competition was also broadcast during ''[[Extreme Warriors: Season 1]]''. Its first round saw it in a bit of trouble as it was flipped repeatedly by American Panzer Mk 2 and sandwiched against Panzer and Belgian Philipper. After Panzer Mk 2 and Yeborobo had both been eliminated, it was left to fight Philipper and shoved it on the flame pit in the last 10 seconds. The fight went to the judges and Tornado was given the win. Tornado then in the Semi-Final fought the Reigning World Champion Razer, this time with its scoop fitted to it. Again, Razer kept burying its jaw into Tornado's bodywork before taking it to the pit and dropping it down.
   
 
===Series 5===
 
===Series 5===
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{{Quote|Dead Metal got stuck in, immobilising Inshredable, or at least so we though[t]. So to end the fight we pushed Terrorbull into the pit - and then Inshredible drove out from Dead Metal's corner! Sorry Terrorbull guys, we should have left you alone, you would have gone through then...|Team Tornado on inadvertently knocking out Terror-Bull.<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwd15.htm/ Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
 
{{Quote|Dead Metal got stuck in, immobilising Inshredable, or at least so we though[t]. So to end the fight we pushed Terrorbull into the pit - and then Inshredible drove out from Dead Metal's corner! Sorry Terrorbull guys, we should have left you alone, you would have gone through then...|Team Tornado on inadvertently knocking out Terror-Bull.<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwd15.htm/ Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
   
[[File:Tornado_vs_Anarchy.jpg|thumb|Tornado drives its spike into Anarchy's insides.]]
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[[File:Tornado vs Anarchy.jpg|thumb|Tornado drives its spike into Anarchy's insides.]]
 
Inshredable was in no shape to fight again, as proved in its fight against Anarchy. In the second round, Tornado pushed Thor around the arena and into the House Robots, causing one of Thor's side panels to come off and won on a judges' decision. It replaced the spinning disc with a static spike for the final against Anarchy and pushed the walker around, despite being flipped a few times. At one point, after a failed flip, Tornado charged into Anarchy's interiors, spike-first. This meant that Tornado was in position to prevent Anarchy from closing its flipper and had lost its most potent weaponry. As a result, Anarchy could not attack Tornado, and Tornado won the judges' decision, through to the semifinals.
 
Inshredable was in no shape to fight again, as proved in its fight against Anarchy. In the second round, Tornado pushed Thor around the arena and into the House Robots, causing one of Thor's side panels to come off and won on a judges' decision. It replaced the spinning disc with a static spike for the final against Anarchy and pushed the walker around, despite being flipped a few times. At one point, after a failed flip, Tornado charged into Anarchy's interiors, spike-first. This meant that Tornado was in position to prevent Anarchy from closing its flipper and had lost its most potent weaponry. As a result, Anarchy could not attack Tornado, and Tornado won the judges' decision, through to the semifinals.
 
{{quote|We were scared, its got such a good axe on it, and we knew if that axe got to us, we were in trouble|Andrew Marchant after the fight with Anarchy}}
 
{{quote|We were scared, its got such a good axe on it, and we knew if that axe got to us, we were in trouble|Andrew Marchant after the fight with Anarchy}}
[[File:Hypno-Disc_vs_Tornado.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado uses its scoop for the first time against Hypno-Disc.]]
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[[File:Hypno-Disc vs Tornado.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado uses its scoop for the first time against Hypno-Disc.]]
   
 
Tornado fitted a low wedge for the first round battle against triple grand-finalists Hypno-Disc. The robot was originally fitted with an anti-disc weapon, but the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint, stating the weapon was defensive rather than offensive. During the battle it simply shoved Hypno-Disc around, leaving Hypno-Disc unable to get its spinning disc up to speed and use it effectively. Tornado won the judges' decision.
 
Tornado fitted a low wedge for the first round battle against triple grand-finalists Hypno-Disc. The robot was originally fitted with an anti-disc weapon, but the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint, stating the weapon was defensive rather than offensive. During the battle it simply shoved Hypno-Disc around, leaving Hypno-Disc unable to get its spinning disc up to speed and use it effectively. Tornado won the judges' decision.
   
 
In the next battle, Tornado slammed into Dominator 2 twice with its scoop, while Dominator 2 axed it and made a hole. However, Tornado pushed Dominator 2 into the side of Matilda in a CPZ, but Matilda couldn't turn her flywheel into Dominator 2. Tornado backed straight into Matilda's flywheel, went soaring above the pit and landed at the side of it, where it ran away. Dominator 2 tried to chase it, but did a backwards-nose-dive into the pit. Tornado had made it to the Grand Final for the very first time.
 
In the next battle, Tornado slammed into Dominator 2 twice with its scoop, while Dominator 2 axed it and made a hole. However, Tornado pushed Dominator 2 into the side of Matilda in a CPZ, but Matilda couldn't turn her flywheel into Dominator 2. Tornado backed straight into Matilda's flywheel, went soaring above the pit and landed at the side of it, where it ran away. Dominator 2 tried to chase it, but did a backwards-nose-dive into the pit. Tornado had made it to the Grand Final for the very first time.
[[File:Dominator_2_vs_Tornado.JPG|thumb|Dominator 2 pits itself]]
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[[File:Dominator 2 vs Tornado.JPG|thumb|Dominator 2 pits itself]]
 
{{Quote|The next problem was the scoop - we were to be fighting Firestorm so we needed to use it, but it would not sit flat on the ground. We had to adjust the tyre pressures to get it close, and then just hope... Firestorm had ground down their front sufficiently that we thought they would get underneath us even with the scoop, so we were very careful that we didn't hit head on at the start...|Team Tornado's tactics to approaching Firestorm.<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwd15.htm/ Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
 
{{Quote|The next problem was the scoop - we were to be fighting Firestorm so we needed to use it, but it would not sit flat on the ground. We had to adjust the tyre pressures to get it close, and then just hope... Firestorm had ground down their front sufficiently that we thought they would get underneath us even with the scoop, so we were very careful that we didn't hit head on at the start...|Team Tornado's tactics to approaching Firestorm.<ref>[http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwd15.htm/ Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk]</ref>}}
   
[[File:Firestorm_3_vs_Tornado.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado prepares to pit Firestorm IV.]]
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[[File:Firestorm 3 vs Tornado.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado prepares to pit Firestorm IV.]]
 
Tornado was drawn up against Firestorm 4 in the first round and pushed it around the arena for a bit. Firestorm was having trouble getting under Tornado because its scoop was so low to the ground. Eventually Firestorm pushed Tornado into Shunt and Tornado got axed by the House Robot. Firestorm wedged Tornado into the wall. Tornado's wheels started smoking as it then pushed Firestorm back. Firestorm then got under Tornado again and pushed it around for a bit. Tornado was beginning to falter as it pressed the Pit Button. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed it into Shunt. After axing Firestorm, Shunt axed Tornado, nearly hitting the receiver. Firestorm flipped Tornado over. Tornado's scoop was now upside down and ineffective, until Firestorm flipped it again. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed them into the Pit Button. Just before time ran out, Tornado got under Firestorm and pushed it into the Pit, qualifying for the grand final.
 
Tornado was drawn up against Firestorm 4 in the first round and pushed it around the arena for a bit. Firestorm was having trouble getting under Tornado because its scoop was so low to the ground. Eventually Firestorm pushed Tornado into Shunt and Tornado got axed by the House Robot. Firestorm wedged Tornado into the wall. Tornado's wheels started smoking as it then pushed Firestorm back. Firestorm then got under Tornado again and pushed it around for a bit. Tornado was beginning to falter as it pressed the Pit Button. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed it into Shunt. After axing Firestorm, Shunt axed Tornado, nearly hitting the receiver. Firestorm flipped Tornado over. Tornado's scoop was now upside down and ineffective, until Firestorm flipped it again. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed them into the Pit Button. Just before time ran out, Tornado got under Firestorm and pushed it into the Pit, qualifying for the grand final.
   
[[File:Tornado_Vs_Razer.png|thumb|Tornado slams Razer against the arena side wall.]]
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[[File:Tornado Vs Razer.png|thumb|Tornado slams Razer against the arena side wall.]]
 
For the battle against Razer, Tornado was fitted with a large metal frame with a lawnmower blade at the front. Created specially for this fight, should it have occurred, the frame made it impossible for Razer to reach the inner parts of Tornado. Razer retaliated by attaching a small claw extension to their weapon. The frame was heavily criticised, but was deemed legal as the team had made it clear alongside all its other weapons before the tournament had started. The round begun with Tornado ramming Razer several times, although rather ineffectively. Tornado's lawnmower blade stopped spinning at one point and Razer grabbed onto the cage several times, but kept losing its grip. Razer became wedged behind the disc button and Tornado began its patented "relentless ramming" technique. Refbot intervened and freed Razer. The pit button was pushed and Razer managed to get a grip on Tornado's cage, raised it into the air and tried to dispose it in the pit, but Tornado's wide frame prevented it from falling down the shaft. Cease was called. After a 45 minute wait, the judges finally ruled in favour of Tornado, who was subsequently crowned the new UK Champion.
 
For the battle against Razer, Tornado was fitted with a large metal frame with a lawnmower blade at the front. Created specially for this fight, should it have occurred, the frame made it impossible for Razer to reach the inner parts of Tornado. Razer retaliated by attaching a small claw extension to their weapon. The frame was heavily criticised, but was deemed legal as the team had made it clear alongside all its other weapons before the tournament had started. The round begun with Tornado ramming Razer several times, although rather ineffectively. Tornado's lawnmower blade stopped spinning at one point and Razer grabbed onto the cage several times, but kept losing its grip. Razer became wedged behind the disc button and Tornado began its patented "relentless ramming" technique. Refbot intervened and freed Razer. The pit button was pushed and Razer managed to get a grip on Tornado's cage, raised it into the air and tried to dispose it in the pit, but Tornado's wide frame prevented it from falling down the shaft. Cease was called. After a 45 minute wait, the judges finally ruled in favour of Tornado, who was subsequently crowned the new UK Champion.
   
 
===Extreme 2===
 
===Extreme 2===
   
[[File:Tornado_bigger_brother.JPG|thumb|left|Bigger Brother uses its flipper as a clamp on the overturned Tornado.]]
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[[File:Tornado bigger brother.JPG|thumb|left|Bigger Brother uses its flipper as a clamp on the overturned Tornado.]]
 
Tornado competed in the Extreme 2 All-Stars Championship after having won the Sixth Wars equipped with the scoop. In the first round it teamed up with Dantomkia on Terrorhurtz shoving John Reid's machine into the CPZs and the arena walls. Tornado went through along with Dantomkia after Terrorhurtz was dispatched down the pit. For the Quarter Final, Tornado faced Bigger Brother, Tornado started as the more aggressive shoving Bigger Brother into Sir Killalot. Tornado was then overturned by Bigger Brother and couldn't get its scoop to any good effect. After the pit had been activated, Bigger Brother put it down, only the second non-Razer loss that knocked out a mobile Tornado, the other being Diotoir.
 
Tornado competed in the Extreme 2 All-Stars Championship after having won the Sixth Wars equipped with the scoop. In the first round it teamed up with Dantomkia on Terrorhurtz shoving John Reid's machine into the CPZs and the arena walls. Tornado went through along with Dantomkia after Terrorhurtz was dispatched down the pit. For the Quarter Final, Tornado faced Bigger Brother, Tornado started as the more aggressive shoving Bigger Brother into Sir Killalot. Tornado was then overturned by Bigger Brother and couldn't get its scoop to any good effect. After the pit had been activated, Bigger Brother put it down, only the second non-Razer loss that knocked out a mobile Tornado, the other being Diotoir.
   
 
Tornado also featured in the Challenge Belt episode where Dantomkia, Sir Chromalot, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Hypno-Disc, Vader, Iron-Awe 2.0, Terrorhurtz and Barber-Ous 2 all fought in a tournament and Tornado the current challenge-belt holder fought the winner. The winner was Terrorhurtz, but Tornado immediately disposed of Terrorhurtz by getting underneath it with the scoop and putting it down the pit - the fastest pitting in the show's history at only 19 seconds - and claiming the Challenge Belt title for a second time in a row.
 
Tornado also featured in the Challenge Belt episode where Dantomkia, Sir Chromalot, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Hypno-Disc, Vader, Iron-Awe 2.0, Terrorhurtz and Barber-Ous 2 all fought in a tournament and Tornado the current challenge-belt holder fought the winner. The winner was Terrorhurtz, but Tornado immediately disposed of Terrorhurtz by getting underneath it with the scoop and putting it down the pit - the fastest pitting in the show's history at only 19 seconds - and claiming the Challenge Belt title for a second time in a row.
   
Tornado also participated in the European Championship tournament, qualifying as UK champion. This competition was also broadcast during ''[[German Robot Wars]]''. It faced the Swiss Snake Bite in its first battle, which had a Razer-like crusher, but Team Tornado decided not to fit their anti-crusher frame, using their scoop instead. Tornado started by pushing Snake Bite into [[Dead Metal]], who attacked it with its serrated saw blade. Tornado then pushed Snake Bite into [[Mr. Psycho]] and the attacks from both house robots meant Snake Bite was immobile. It was counted out and pitted and Tornado was through to face adversary Razer. Razer had added a hook on the end of its claw to counter Tornado's anti-Razer frame. The battle started with the two machines thumping into each other.[[File:Tornado_pits_Philipper.png|thumb|Tornado pits Philliper to claim the European title.]] Razer pushed Tornado back with Tornado hitting it with the blade on the frame, causing no visible damage. Tornado started to run from Razer but it didn't quite escape, with Razer grappling the frame and dragging Tornado into a CPZ with Sergeant Bash. The house robot pushed the grappling pair out of the CPZ, but Razer's hook managed to get a hold on Tornado and lever it up. Razer then began to drag Tornado towards the pit release button, hitting it. Suddenly smoke started to billow out of Razer, Tornado still in its grasp. Razer couldn't find the strength to pit Tornado, despite its huge efforts. The battle came to a close on a judges' decision, with Razer the winner. However, after the battle, the Razer team said they were immobile for over thirty seconds and therefore awarded the match to Tornado. This meant Tornado fought Philipper 2 in the final, equipped with its original disc weapon. At the start, Tornado pushed its opponent around the arena, before shoving it into [[Shunt]]'s CPZ. Tornado then slammed Philipper into an angle grinder and then onto the flame pit. Refbot freed Philipper, but Tornado pushed the Belgian robot into [[Sergeant Bash]], before shoving it into the pit to win the European Championship.
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Tornado also participated in the European Championship tournament, qualifying as UK champion. This competition was also broadcast during ''[[German Robot Wars]]''. It faced the Swiss Snake Bite in its first battle, which had a Razer-like crusher, but Team Tornado decided not to fit their anti-crusher frame, using their scoop instead. Tornado started by pushing Snake Bite into [[Dead Metal]], who attacked it with its serrated saw blade. Tornado then pushed Snake Bite into [[Mr. Psycho]] and the attacks from both house robots meant Snake Bite was immobile. It was counted out and pitted and Tornado was through to face adversary Razer. Razer had added a hook on the end of its claw to counter Tornado's anti-Razer frame. The battle started with the two machines thumping into each other.[[File:Tornado pits Philipper.png|thumb|Tornado pits Philliper to claim the European title.]] Razer pushed Tornado back with Tornado hitting it with the blade on the frame, causing no visible damage. Tornado started to run from Razer but it didn't quite escape, with Razer grappling the frame and dragging Tornado into a CPZ with Sergeant Bash. The house robot pushed the grappling pair out of the CPZ, but Razer's hook managed to get a hold on Tornado and lever it up. Razer then began to drag Tornado towards the pit release button, hitting it. Suddenly smoke started to billow out of Razer, Tornado still in its grasp. Razer couldn't find the strength to pit Tornado, despite its huge efforts. The battle came to a close on a judges' decision, with Razer the winner. However, after the battle, the Razer team said they were immobile for over thirty seconds and therefore awarded the match to Tornado. This meant Tornado fought Philipper 2 in the final, equipped with its original disc weapon. At the start, Tornado pushed its opponent around the arena, before shoving it into [[Shunt]]'s CPZ. Tornado then slammed Philipper into an angle grinder and then onto the flame pit. Refbot freed Philipper, but Tornado pushed the Belgian robot into [[Sergeant Bash]], before shoving it into the pit to win the European Championship.
   
 
===Series 7===
 
===Series 7===
[[File:Tornado_vs_Tetanus_Booster.JPG|thumb|Tetanus Booster and Tornado clash.]]
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[[File:Tornado vs Tetanus Booster.JPG|thumb|Tetanus Booster and Tornado clash.]]
 
Tornado kept the interchangeable weaponry and returned for the Seventh Wars as reigning UK champion. It started off with a first round clash against Minor Meltdown finalists Ewe 2, veterans Saw Point 2 and newcomers Devastator, equipped with the disc. It dominated the early stages, singling out Devastator and ramming it into the arena wall. It then pushed Devastator and Saw Point 2 into the CPZ, where they were attacked by the house robots. After Ewe 2 pitted Saw Point 2, Tornado combined with the flipper to shove Devastator into oblivion and out of the competition. In the second round, it met Leveller 2 and for the first time went with the scoop with the added chain flail. Tornado was flipped over, rendering the scoop useless, but it used the upside-down weapon to get a grip on Leveller 2 and shove it into Sir Killalot. Poor driving meant it couldn't get away and Shunt and Sir Killalot combined to attack it. Leveller 2 flipped Tornado once more but Tornado showed great aggression by pushing its opponent towards the angle grinder. Leveller 2 was eventually grasped by Sir Killalot, but he dropped it. Leveller 2 then drove into the pit. Tornado then used its electric lifter to good effect on Tetanus Booster in the heat final with a series of shoves after consistently getting underneath its opponent, despite the underdogs breaking the lifting mechanism. Tetanus Booster started smoking and after a little bout in the CPZ, Tornado pitted it, putting it through to the semi-finals.
 
Tornado kept the interchangeable weaponry and returned for the Seventh Wars as reigning UK champion. It started off with a first round clash against Minor Meltdown finalists Ewe 2, veterans Saw Point 2 and newcomers Devastator, equipped with the disc. It dominated the early stages, singling out Devastator and ramming it into the arena wall. It then pushed Devastator and Saw Point 2 into the CPZ, where they were attacked by the house robots. After Ewe 2 pitted Saw Point 2, Tornado combined with the flipper to shove Devastator into oblivion and out of the competition. In the second round, it met Leveller 2 and for the first time went with the scoop with the added chain flail. Tornado was flipped over, rendering the scoop useless, but it used the upside-down weapon to get a grip on Leveller 2 and shove it into Sir Killalot. Poor driving meant it couldn't get away and Shunt and Sir Killalot combined to attack it. Leveller 2 flipped Tornado once more but Tornado showed great aggression by pushing its opponent towards the angle grinder. Leveller 2 was eventually grasped by Sir Killalot, but he dropped it. Leveller 2 then drove into the pit. Tornado then used its electric lifter to good effect on Tetanus Booster in the heat final with a series of shoves after consistently getting underneath its opponent, despite the underdogs breaking the lifting mechanism. Tetanus Booster started smoking and after a little bout in the CPZ, Tornado pitted it, putting it through to the semi-finals.
   
[[File:Tornado_vs_Raging_Knightmare.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado pushes Raging Knightmare.]]
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[[File:Tornado vs Raging Knightmare.JPG|thumb|left|Tornado pushes Raging Knightmare.]]
 
There it met Raging Knightmare, reusing its disc. Tornado overturned Raging Knightmare with a rebound from a shove into the side wall, but Shunt axed it. Tornado slammed Raging Knightmare repeatedly into the side wall at speed. Raging Knightmare couldn't self-right and was pitted by Tornado. In the second round it met the much-fancied Gravity, which had beaten the seeded Dantomkia and 13 Black. Gravity couldn't get underneath Tornado's low scoop and Tornado kept pushing it into the wall. Eventually Gravity threw Tornado high into the air and it landed upside-down. Although Gravity had a punctured tyre, it could now get underneath Tornado. It didn't however and Tornado pushed the damaged Gravity onto the closed pit and activated the pit release button, leaving Gravity to descend into oblivion.
 
There it met Raging Knightmare, reusing its disc. Tornado overturned Raging Knightmare with a rebound from a shove into the side wall, but Shunt axed it. Tornado slammed Raging Knightmare repeatedly into the side wall at speed. Raging Knightmare couldn't self-right and was pitted by Tornado. In the second round it met the much-fancied Gravity, which had beaten the seeded Dantomkia and 13 Black. Gravity couldn't get underneath Tornado's low scoop and Tornado kept pushing it into the wall. Eventually Gravity threw Tornado high into the air and it landed upside-down. Although Gravity had a punctured tyre, it could now get underneath Tornado. It didn't however and Tornado pushed the damaged Gravity onto the closed pit and activated the pit release button, leaving Gravity to descend into oblivion.
   
 
[[File:Tornado vs x-terminator.JPG|thumb|170px|Tornado battling [[X-Terminator]].]]In the Grand Final it met Storm 2, which was much like Tornado but with better speed and power. Storm 2 started quickly and slammed into the side wall when attempting an attack. Tornado was able to push Storm 2 for a while, but Storm 2 turned Tornado over with its lifting arm, meaning it was now easy to get underneath the inverted scoop. Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the walls several times before cease was called. Unfortunately, Tornado lost the judges' decision as Storm 2 had won on damage and aggression. In the play-off, X-Terminator had taken a lot of damage from Typhoon 2 in its previous battle, so it didn't put up much of a fight. Tornado pushed X-Terminator around the arena and into the CPZs, where the already battered machine took further damage from the house robots. Eventually Tornado's attacks immobilised X-Terminator and it was counted out, meaning that Tornado had claimed third place.
 
[[File:Tornado vs x-terminator.JPG|thumb|170px|Tornado battling [[X-Terminator]].]]In the Grand Final it met Storm 2, which was much like Tornado but with better speed and power. Storm 2 started quickly and slammed into the side wall when attempting an attack. Tornado was able to push Storm 2 for a while, but Storm 2 turned Tornado over with its lifting arm, meaning it was now easy to get underneath the inverted scoop. Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the walls several times before cease was called. Unfortunately, Tornado lost the judges' decision as Storm 2 had won on damage and aggression. In the play-off, X-Terminator had taken a lot of damage from Typhoon 2 in its previous battle, so it didn't put up much of a fight. Tornado pushed X-Terminator around the arena and into the CPZs, where the already battered machine took further damage from the house robots. Eventually Tornado's attacks immobilised X-Terminator and it was counted out, meaning that Tornado had claimed third place.
   
Tornado also competed in the Third World Championship as the reigning European Champion. In the first round it was drawn against German representatives Ansgar 3 and UK runners-up Storm 2.[[File:Storm_Vs_Tornado_World_Champs.png|thumb|left|Storm 2 prepares to slam Tornado against the arena wall.]] Tornado teamed up with Storm 2 against Ansgar 3, pushing the German robot into Growler's CPZ, the arena side wall and the flame pit, where it became immobilised. After battling with Storm 2 for a while, the two robots ganged up to push Ansgar 3 into the pit. The two remaining robots pushed each other around for a while, slamming each other into the side walls and CPZs. After Tornado pushed Storm 2 into Dead Metal's clutches, Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the wall at great speed and sent it flying through the air. Cease was called and the judges went for Storm 2, so Tornado was eliminated at the first hurdle.
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Tornado also competed in the Third World Championship as the reigning European Champion. In the first round it was drawn against German representatives Ansgar 3 and UK runners-up Storm 2.[[File:Storm Vs Tornado World Champs.png|thumb|left|Storm 2 prepares to slam Tornado against the arena wall.]] Tornado teamed up with Storm 2 against Ansgar 3, pushing the German robot into Growler's CPZ, the arena side wall and the flame pit, where it became immobilised. After battling with Storm 2 for a while, the two robots ganged up to push Ansgar 3 into the pit. The two remaining robots pushed each other around for a while, slamming each other into the side walls and CPZs. After Tornado pushed Storm 2 into Dead Metal's clutches, Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the wall at great speed and sent it flying through the air. Cease was called and the judges went for Storm 2, so Tornado was eliminated at the first hurdle.
   
 
===US Season 2===
 
===US Season 2===

Revision as of 14:38, January 14, 2014

Not to be confused with the similarly named US Series robot Texas Tornado.

"It's like the Mike Tyson of the Robot Wars world!"
Craig Charles on Tornado in Heat F of the Fourth Wars

Tornado was a robot that competed in the British television game show Robot Wars, entered by Team Tornado, also known as The Storm Chasers. It was a basic box-shaped robot with a durable red welded-steel frame and clear polycarbonate armour with fixed spikes at the front and back. It only had a pneumatic spike in Series 4, but was given a vertical spinning disc in Series 5 running off a 3.5HP motor. In Series 6, it had interchangeable weaponry - the disc, a wedge (which would later incorporate a chain flail), a static spike, and a rectangular frame with horizontal blade (intended for use against Razer). Rather than its weaponry, however, Tornado mainly relied on its speed and strength to push competitors into the pit or slam them into the arena walls. It featured 24V motors being run at 36V - the first robot to use that voltage. The motors were geared very low to give it high pushing power of 7BHP - its top speed was only 10 mph, but it had very good acceleration and manoeuvrability over short distances and was capable of pulling a Land Rover. Tornado was also invertible, allowing it to continue running even when flipped but had a 2 cm ground clearance and the drive train was often unreliable.

Tornado was particularly notable in that it defeated the best performing clusterbot and the best performing walkerbot in heat finals across its history. It also defeated Chaos 2 and Pussycat twice each, the only robot to do so. Tornado managed to win two Challenge Belts across the Extreme series.

The robot competed in Series 4-7 of Robot Wars, winning the sixth series. It was built by Andrew Marchant, Bryan Moss and David Gamble, all engineers from Huntingdon, the latter of which designed the same speed controllers for Storm 2.

Armament

  • Tornado with its spinning drum.
  • Tornado with its scoop
  • Tornado equipped with the static spike.
  • The frame Tornado used to keep Razer at bay with the spinning disc used in Extreme Warriors
  • The anti-crusher frame equipped with the propeller blade used in Series 6 and Extreme 2.
  • Tornado's lifting scoop (left) and charity scoop (right) in the pits.
  • Tornado with all its Series 7 weapons

Tornado made its robot combat début equipped with static ramming spikes, and a small retractable spear from a loudspeaker production line. This simple yet effective weapon system saw it all the way through to the top 8 before its lack of potent weapons caused it to be utterly outclassed at the flipper of Chaos 2.

In Extreme 1, Tornado returned with a powerful vertical spinning drum weapon. This gave it great success as it reached the semi-finals of the World Championship, the grand final of the All-Stars and gave it complete victory over several adversaries to win two Challenge Belts. It defeated Chaos 2 twice during Extreme with this new weaponry, getting its vengeance two-fold. However, despite slamming Gravedigger, Tornado was felled early in Series 5, as the fur of Diotoir caught in the drum, causing it to catch. Tornado was helpless and it fell into the pit. It was after Series 5 that Team Tornado first built the Anti-Crusher frame.

In Series 6, Tornado began to use alternative weapons. This was allowed by Robot Wars rules, as long as Tornado remained within the weight limit. The cradle at the front of the machine where the drum was typically installed gave way to many other weapons across the two series with bolts to hold them in.

In Series 7, the Tornado team had to redesign or remove some of their weapons due to some new rules for that year, including one that stated all robots had to have an active weapon.

Tornado's arsenal of weapons included:

  • Spinning drum - Tornado's main weapon, weighing 15 kg and spinning at 2000RPM.
  • Scoop - a simple low wedge, nicknamed "The Charity Scoop" as it was used in live events. It was first used during the Second World Championships.
  • Static spear - This spike was only used once in the battle with Anarchy, with the intention of piercing the plastic armour protecting the legs. It has been scrapped.
  • Anti-crusher frame - This frame was mostly used as a means of combating Razer. It featured either a large spinning disc or bar weapon. The frame was outlawed by the new set of rules for Series 7 and converted into a vertical bar spinner.
"Many people could not believe what we had built, and even Craig and Philippa came into the pits specially to see the weapon..."
— Tornado website[1]
  • Anti-spinner weapon - This weapon was never seen, as the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint when they learned that Tornado had it. It was essentially a tyre. It was not seen and has been scrapped.
"...we fitted our Anti Spinner Weapon - but the Hypno boys raised an official objection, and we were prevented from using it, as it was viewed according to the rules as a defensive addition rather than an offensive weapon..."
— Team Tornado[2]
  • Anti Axe Weapon - Whilst never seen or mentioned on TV, Tornado had an Anti Axe Weapon. It is unknown what it looked like as it has been scrapped.
  • Scoop lifter - Similar in design to the charity scoop, except it had a lifting mechanism installed. It was only used in the Heat Final of Series 7 and broke after Tetanus Booster hit it while it was open. It has been scrapped.
  • Chain flail - Similar again to the charity scoop with a simple chain flail. It, in effect, was the scoop's replacement for Series 7, where active weapons were required.
  • Vertical bar spinner - This weapon was converted from the anti-crusher frame and spinning blade. It was never seen, so it is unknown how effective it was. The weapon was never used, as all of Tornado's opponents were deemed unsuitable for using the weapon against, mostly because Tornado could be immobilised by flippers. David Gamble believes that the only suitable battle for using the weapon was Tornado's first-round melee in Series 7. However, the bar spinner was not used, as Tornado was already low on battery power.

Rivalry

Razer vs Tornado

Tornado's first loss to Razer.

Tornado had an infamous rivalry with Razer. The two robots first met in the All-Stars final in Extreme Series 1, in which Razer immediately grabbed hold of Tornado and tried to pierce the tyres of its opponent. Tornado briefly escaped but Razer grabbed hold once again, doing more damage and leaving it immobilised. This left Razer able to easily push Tornado into the pit. Their next encounter was in the semi-finals of The Second World Championship, which ended with a similar outcome. Once again, Razer quickly grabbed hold of Tornado and pierced through its armour. Razer then picked Tornado up and held it over the pit, eventually dropping it in.

Following these easy Razer victories, Tornado developed a special weapon for use in future battles between the two machines. It was a front-mounted spinning blade, supported by a large metal frame around the whole robot. The first time this weapon was used against Razer was in Extreme Warriors, in the semi-final of the International Championship. In this battle, Tornado was able to push Razer around easily, but when it pushed Razer into the CPZ, the House Robots attacked the cage when they weren't supposed to. Razer also ripped out Tornado's weapon motor in one of the attacks. The judges, however, gave the match to Tornado. Team Razer were so appalled, they confronted the judges directly. The judges had ignored the attacks on the cage by the House Robots, which they deemed should not have happened, but it became clear that they had accidentally mistaken Tornado's motor for Razer's wheel. The decision stood, but one of the judges later said it was one of the worst moments of his career.

Razer vs tornado

Razer is unable to pit Tornado in the Final of Series 6

The two robots met again in the Grand Final of Series 6 and Tornado used its anti-crusher device once more. In response to this weapon, the Razer team added an extended claw to the end of its beak, but all it could do was grab the frame of Tornado, and Tornado was able to push Razer around the arena and slam it into the arena walls. Eventually Razer was able to lift Tornado and carry it over to the pit, but Tornado's frame meant that it could not be dropped into the pit. Cease was called and after a very close judges' decision Tornado took Razer's crown of UK Champion.

Tornado used the spinning blade and framework again in the semi-final of the European Championship in Extreme Series 2, but Razer had developed a new add-on in the shape of an upward-facing hook, which would be used to grab hold of Tornado's frame. The hook worked well, and Razer was able to lift Tornado by the frame. Razer opened the pit and tried to carry Tornado towards it, but the motors burnt out and it was unable to finish Tornado off. The judges went for Razer, but the team later decided to give the victory to Tornado as they felt that they had been immobilised.

Robot History

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Tornado, as it appeared in Series 4

Series 4

Berserk 2 vs tornado

Tornado rams Berserk 2

"Now...what engine have you got in that? It's like a Ferrari!"
Craig Charles after Tornado's victory against Berserk 2

Tornado's first fight was against Kater Killer and the clusterbot Gemini. It exploded off the starting position and slammed straight into Kater Killer. Shoving it into Sir Killalot, it rushed back, circled the arena and slammed into it again, pushing it into one of the Gemini twins, who flipped it over. It pushed Kater Killer around and righted it, pushing it into Shunt, who immobilised it with its axe. Tornado then shoved Shunt around the arena while Killalot finished off Kater Killer. Tornado's next battle was against the seeded Berserk 2. It rammed into the arena wall until it was immobilised. Finally, Tornado came up against the eighth seeds again. Gemini started slower than the speedy Tornado, who was flipped twice, but came back immediately. It targeted one of the Gemini twins and impaled it on an arena spike, immobilising it. The Gemini team was eliminated since one half was immobilised. The unanticipated win over the clusterbot put Tornado through to the semi-finals.

Chaos 2 hurls tornado

Tornado's run in The Fourth Wars comes to an end.

In the Semi-Finals, Andrew Marchant remarked that he was relieved to be fighting Wheely Big Cheese instead of Suicidal Tendencies, whom it controversially defeated in its heat final. Tornado was far quicker and, although the Cheese flipped Tornado twice, Tornado shoved Wheely Big Cheese into a CPZ and buckled a wheel. Tornado was flipped again and started smoking, but the judges went for Tornado. Tornado's final battle against Chaos 2 was fought three times, but only the third one was shown on TV. Tornado ran into Chaos 2, who rushed it up and flipped it out of the arena. Tornado was awarded Best Newcomer at the end of the series.

Extreme 1

Tornado wins challenge belt

Tornado seizes the Challenge Belt

"We fought Stinger in a slightly fake Grudge match - at least Tornado performed better than our acting!"
— Team Tornado website[3]

Tornado competed in a Robot Wars Vengeance battle against Stinger, the reason for this being because the Stinger team claimed Tornado was a box on wheels. Tornado shoved Stinger around the arena and into Dead Metal. Stinger escaped and Tornado narrowly avoided the house robot. The fight went to the judges and Tornado was given the win.

It also competed in a Mayhem battle against The Steel Avenger and King B Powerworks where it unfortunately had a rare breakdown, before being pitted.

Tornado's highlight of Robot Wars Extreme was participating in the Challenge Belt competition. It challenged the holders, Behemoth. Tornado charged Behemoth towards the arena wall leaving it overturned and being unable to self-right until Refbot righted it. Tornado was then flipped by Behemoth before being flipped against the wall in the CPZ but fortunately for Tornado, Matilda righted it. After much more pushing and shoving the fight went to the judges and the judges decided Tornado had won and taken the belt off of Behemoth. Tornado then took on Comengetorix, who landed ineffective axe-blows on it before Tornado shoved it around the arena, tearing off one of its side skirts. Tornado then finished off the fight by pushing Comengetorix down the pit. Tornado's next defence was against Wild Thing. Tornado again slammed the wedge-shaped robot into the angle grinders and the arena walls also managing to shred a bit of armour off. Wild Thing was taken to Sir Killalot who had to free it due to it still being mobile causing the fight to go to the judges to decide and they decided Tornado won the fight. Then, after winning 3 successful battles, Tornado was allowed to keep its belt outright and was given a second belt to defend, the first challenger for this was Chaos 2. Tornado managed to ram the current champions into the CPZ before it escaped and retaliated by throwing Tornado twice into the air. Tornado then came back and Chaos 2 was passed over to Shunt where, despite overturning the house robot and escaping Dead Metal, it broke down allowing Tornado to go through. The last fight was against Pussycat who Tornado managed to ram into the arena walls and into Matilda's big vertical disc. The Series 4 runners-up managed to escape but Tornado then activated the pit before pushing Pussycat down it. Tornado had won all the challenges in Extreme 1.

After having reached the Series Semi-Finals of Series 4, Tornado also competed in the All-Stars tournament where it fought 3 Stegs To Heaven in Round 1. It was more aggressive in the fight as it rammed its opponent into the CPZ where after 3 Stegs was picked up by Sir Killalot and roasted on the flame pit. Team Steg-O-Saw-Us' robot appeared to have lost a chain for one of its wheels which allowed Tornado to win the judges decision and go into the Quarter-Finals where it met Pussycat. It pushed Pussycat all over the arena as well as breaking off one of its wheels. Pussycat was immobilised after becoming stuck on its side which meant Tornado went through. The semi-final saw Tornado against Chaos 2. Tornado managed to push Chaos 2 around the arena, but ended up on the wall at one point in the right position to be flipped out by Chaos 2. Controversially, Refbot knocked Tornado off the wall. The fight then went to a judges decision and Tornado was awarded the win and a place in the All-Stars Grand-Final at the end of the last episode. Despite its best efforts, Tornado couldn't get its disc into any great effect in on Razer who plunged its beak into its bodywork, not letting it go. After being axed by Shunt and being shoved on the flame pit, Tornado broke down, was counted out by Refbot, flipped by the floor flipper and put out of its misery by getting dumped down the pit.

Razer vs Tornado 2nd WC

Tornado's second loss to Razer, in the Second World Championships.

After finishing second in the All-Stars Grand-Final, Tornado represented the UK in the Second World Championship along with Chaos 2, Firestorm 3 and Razer. This competition was also broadcast during Extreme Warriors: Season 1. Its first round saw it in a bit of trouble as it was flipped repeatedly by American Panzer Mk 2 and sandwiched against Panzer and Belgian Philipper. After Panzer Mk 2 and Yeborobo had both been eliminated, it was left to fight Philipper and shoved it on the flame pit in the last 10 seconds. The fight went to the judges and Tornado was given the win. Tornado then in the Semi-Final fought the Reigning World Champion Razer, this time with its scoop fitted to it. Again, Razer kept burying its jaw into Tornado's bodywork before taking it to the pit and dropping it down.

Series 5

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Tornado's Extreme 1 and Series 5 appearance.

12th seeds Tornado eliminated former semi-finalists Gravedigger in the first round. Gravedigger put up a good fight in the opening moments, slamming blows on Tornado with its axe weapon. However, Tornado rammed it into submission against the arena wall.
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Tornado grapples with Gravedigger

This put Tornado against the Dublin boys and Diotoir, whom it pushed around for most of the battle. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Tornado's disc became clogged with Diotoir's fur, so the Irish machine activated the pit, and pushed Tornado straight in. This meant that Tornado was the only top 12 seed not to reach the heat final in the whole series.

"They proved to be one of the hardest to push 2WD robots we have ever fought, and when we were on their front, their ramped chassis lifted our front wheels off the ground and gave them the pushing advantage. This proved conclusive after they opened the pit just before we lost drive on one side. There was nothing we could do - straight down the pit we went. Out to Diotoir - Noooooo!"
— Andrew Marchant on the Tornado website[4]

Series 6

Tornado returned for Series 6 with a new feature - an interchangeable weapons bay. It had a wide variety of weapons for different opponents that could be swapped in or out depending on what was needed. Due to the fact that Pussycat and Wheely Big Cheese would not be appearing in Series 6, Tornado was given the 12th seed due to its status as a previous semi-finalist. Tornado started off its campaign against Terror-Bull, Inshredable and Edge Hog equipped with its original spinning disc. Tornado giving out some powerful slams in this battle - it pushed Inshredable around the arena a bit, then combined with Edge Hog to push Inshredable into Matilda's CPZ. Edge Hog became immobile soon afterwards. Tornado continued shoving Inshredable around, but then turned its attention to Terror-Bull and pushed it into the pit - Tornado and a limping Inshredable qualified.

"Dead Metal got stuck in, immobilising Inshredable, or at least so we though[t]. So to end the fight we pushed Terrorbull into the pit - and then Inshredible drove out from Dead Metal's corner! Sorry Terrorbull guys, we should have left you alone, you would have gone through then..."
— Team Tornado on inadvertently knocking out Terror-Bull.[5]
Tornado vs Anarchy

Tornado drives its spike into Anarchy's insides.

Inshredable was in no shape to fight again, as proved in its fight against Anarchy. In the second round, Tornado pushed Thor around the arena and into the House Robots, causing one of Thor's side panels to come off and won on a judges' decision. It replaced the spinning disc with a static spike for the final against Anarchy and pushed the walker around, despite being flipped a few times. At one point, after a failed flip, Tornado charged into Anarchy's interiors, spike-first. This meant that Tornado was in position to prevent Anarchy from closing its flipper and had lost its most potent weaponry. As a result, Anarchy could not attack Tornado, and Tornado won the judges' decision, through to the semifinals.

"We were scared, its got such a good axe on it, and we knew if that axe got to us, we were in trouble"
— Andrew Marchant after the fight with Anarchy
Hypno-Disc vs Tornado

Tornado uses its scoop for the first time against Hypno-Disc.

Tornado fitted a low wedge for the first round battle against triple grand-finalists Hypno-Disc. The robot was originally fitted with an anti-disc weapon, but the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint, stating the weapon was defensive rather than offensive. During the battle it simply shoved Hypno-Disc around, leaving Hypno-Disc unable to get its spinning disc up to speed and use it effectively. Tornado won the judges' decision.

In the next battle, Tornado slammed into Dominator 2 twice with its scoop, while Dominator 2 axed it and made a hole. However, Tornado pushed Dominator 2 into the side of Matilda in a CPZ, but Matilda couldn't turn her flywheel into Dominator 2. Tornado backed straight into Matilda's flywheel, went soaring above the pit and landed at the side of it, where it ran away. Dominator 2 tried to chase it, but did a backwards-nose-dive into the pit. Tornado had made it to the Grand Final for the very first time.

Dominator 2 vs Tornado

Dominator 2 pits itself

"The next problem was the scoop - we were to be fighting Firestorm so we needed to use it, but it would not sit flat on the ground. We had to adjust the tyre pressures to get it close, and then just hope... Firestorm had ground down their front sufficiently that we thought they would get underneath us even with the scoop, so we were very careful that we didn't hit head on at the start..."
— Team Tornado's tactics to approaching Firestorm.[6]
Firestorm 3 vs Tornado

Tornado prepares to pit Firestorm IV.

Tornado was drawn up against Firestorm 4 in the first round and pushed it around the arena for a bit. Firestorm was having trouble getting under Tornado because its scoop was so low to the ground. Eventually Firestorm pushed Tornado into Shunt and Tornado got axed by the House Robot. Firestorm wedged Tornado into the wall. Tornado's wheels started smoking as it then pushed Firestorm back. Firestorm then got under Tornado again and pushed it around for a bit. Tornado was beginning to falter as it pressed the Pit Button. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed it into Shunt. After axing Firestorm, Shunt axed Tornado, nearly hitting the receiver. Firestorm flipped Tornado over. Tornado's scoop was now upside down and ineffective, until Firestorm flipped it again. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed them into the Pit Button. Just before time ran out, Tornado got under Firestorm and pushed it into the Pit, qualifying for the grand final.

Tornado Vs Razer

Tornado slams Razer against the arena side wall.

For the battle against Razer, Tornado was fitted with a large metal frame with a lawnmower blade at the front. Created specially for this fight, should it have occurred, the frame made it impossible for Razer to reach the inner parts of Tornado. Razer retaliated by attaching a small claw extension to their weapon. The frame was heavily criticised, but was deemed legal as the team had made it clear alongside all its other weapons before the tournament had started. The round begun with Tornado ramming Razer several times, although rather ineffectively. Tornado's lawnmower blade stopped spinning at one point and Razer grabbed onto the cage several times, but kept losing its grip. Razer became wedged behind the disc button and Tornado began its patented "relentless ramming" technique. Refbot intervened and freed Razer. The pit button was pushed and Razer managed to get a grip on Tornado's cage, raised it into the air and tried to dispose it in the pit, but Tornado's wide frame prevented it from falling down the shaft. Cease was called. After a 45 minute wait, the judges finally ruled in favour of Tornado, who was subsequently crowned the new UK Champion.

Extreme 2

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Bigger Brother uses its flipper as a clamp on the overturned Tornado.

Tornado competed in the Extreme 2 All-Stars Championship after having won the Sixth Wars equipped with the scoop. In the first round it teamed up with Dantomkia on Terrorhurtz shoving John Reid's machine into the CPZs and the arena walls. Tornado went through along with Dantomkia after Terrorhurtz was dispatched down the pit. For the Quarter Final, Tornado faced Bigger Brother, Tornado started as the more aggressive shoving Bigger Brother into Sir Killalot. Tornado was then overturned by Bigger Brother and couldn't get its scoop to any good effect. After the pit had been activated, Bigger Brother put it down, only the second non-Razer loss that knocked out a mobile Tornado, the other being Diotoir.

Tornado also featured in the Challenge Belt episode where Dantomkia, Sir Chromalot, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Hypno-Disc, Vader, Iron-Awe 2.0, Terrorhurtz and Barber-Ous 2 all fought in a tournament and Tornado the current challenge-belt holder fought the winner. The winner was Terrorhurtz, but Tornado immediately disposed of Terrorhurtz by getting underneath it with the scoop and putting it down the pit - the fastest pitting in the show's history at only 19 seconds - and claiming the Challenge Belt title for a second time in a row.

Tornado also participated in the European Championship tournament, qualifying as UK champion. This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars. It faced the Swiss Snake Bite in its first battle, which had a Razer-like crusher, but Team Tornado decided not to fit their anti-crusher frame, using their scoop instead. Tornado started by pushing Snake Bite into Dead Metal, who attacked it with its serrated saw blade. Tornado then pushed Snake Bite into Mr. Psycho and the attacks from both house robots meant Snake Bite was immobile. It was counted out and pitted and Tornado was through to face adversary Razer. Razer had added a hook on the end of its claw to counter Tornado's anti-Razer frame. The battle started with the two machines thumping into each other.
Tornado pits Philipper

Tornado pits Philliper to claim the European title.

Razer pushed Tornado back with Tornado hitting it with the blade on the frame, causing no visible damage. Tornado started to run from Razer but it didn't quite escape, with Razer grappling the frame and dragging Tornado into a CPZ with Sergeant Bash. The house robot pushed the grappling pair out of the CPZ, but Razer's hook managed to get a hold on Tornado and lever it up. Razer then began to drag Tornado towards the pit release button, hitting it. Suddenly smoke started to billow out of Razer, Tornado still in its grasp. Razer couldn't find the strength to pit Tornado, despite its huge efforts. The battle came to a close on a judges' decision, with Razer the winner. However, after the battle, the Razer team said they were immobile for over thirty seconds and therefore awarded the match to Tornado. This meant Tornado fought Philipper 2 in the final, equipped with its original disc weapon. At the start, Tornado pushed its opponent around the arena, before shoving it into Shunt's CPZ. Tornado then slammed Philipper into an angle grinder and then onto the flame pit. Refbot freed Philipper, but Tornado pushed the Belgian robot into Sergeant Bash, before shoving it into the pit to win the European Championship.

Series 7

Tornado vs Tetanus Booster

Tetanus Booster and Tornado clash.

Tornado kept the interchangeable weaponry and returned for the Seventh Wars as reigning UK champion. It started off with a first round clash against Minor Meltdown finalists Ewe 2, veterans Saw Point 2 and newcomers Devastator, equipped with the disc. It dominated the early stages, singling out Devastator and ramming it into the arena wall. It then pushed Devastator and Saw Point 2 into the CPZ, where they were attacked by the house robots. After Ewe 2 pitted Saw Point 2, Tornado combined with the flipper to shove Devastator into oblivion and out of the competition. In the second round, it met Leveller 2 and for the first time went with the scoop with the added chain flail. Tornado was flipped over, rendering the scoop useless, but it used the upside-down weapon to get a grip on Leveller 2 and shove it into Sir Killalot. Poor driving meant it couldn't get away and Shunt and Sir Killalot combined to attack it. Leveller 2 flipped Tornado once more but Tornado showed great aggression by pushing its opponent towards the angle grinder. Leveller 2 was eventually grasped by Sir Killalot, but he dropped it. Leveller 2 then drove into the pit. Tornado then used its electric lifter to good effect on Tetanus Booster in the heat final with a series of shoves after consistently getting underneath its opponent, despite the underdogs breaking the lifting mechanism. Tetanus Booster started smoking and after a little bout in the CPZ, Tornado pitted it, putting it through to the semi-finals.

Tornado vs Raging Knightmare

Tornado pushes Raging Knightmare.

There it met Raging Knightmare, reusing its disc. Tornado overturned Raging Knightmare with a rebound from a shove into the side wall, but Shunt axed it. Tornado slammed Raging Knightmare repeatedly into the side wall at speed. Raging Knightmare couldn't self-right and was pitted by Tornado. In the second round it met the much-fancied Gravity, which had beaten the seeded Dantomkia and 13 Black. Gravity couldn't get underneath Tornado's low scoop and Tornado kept pushing it into the wall. Eventually Gravity threw Tornado high into the air and it landed upside-down. Although Gravity had a punctured tyre, it could now get underneath Tornado. It didn't however and Tornado pushed the damaged Gravity onto the closed pit and activated the pit release button, leaving Gravity to descend into oblivion.

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Tornado battling X-Terminator.

In the Grand Final it met Storm 2, which was much like Tornado but with better speed and power. Storm 2 started quickly and slammed into the side wall when attempting an attack. Tornado was able to push Storm 2 for a while, but Storm 2 turned Tornado over with its lifting arm, meaning it was now easy to get underneath the inverted scoop. Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the walls several times before cease was called. Unfortunately, Tornado lost the judges' decision as Storm 2 had won on damage and aggression. In the play-off, X-Terminator had taken a lot of damage from Typhoon 2 in its previous battle, so it didn't put up much of a fight. Tornado pushed X-Terminator around the arena and into the CPZs, where the already battered machine took further damage from the house robots. Eventually Tornado's attacks immobilised X-Terminator and it was counted out, meaning that Tornado had claimed third place. Tornado also competed in the Third World Championship as the reigning European Champion. In the first round it was drawn against German representatives Ansgar 3 and UK runners-up Storm 2.
Storm Vs Tornado World Champs

Storm 2 prepares to slam Tornado against the arena wall.

Tornado teamed up with Storm 2 against Ansgar 3, pushing the German robot into Growler's CPZ, the arena side wall and the flame pit, where it became immobilised. After battling with Storm 2 for a while, the two robots ganged up to push Ansgar 3 into the pit. The two remaining robots pushed each other around for a while, slamming each other into the side walls and CPZs. After Tornado pushed Storm 2 into Dead Metal's clutches, Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the wall at great speed and sent it flying through the air. Cease was called and the judges went for Storm 2, so Tornado was eliminated at the first hurdle.

US Season 2

Tornado, alongside Kat 3, Wowot and arch rivals Razer, appeared in the International Championship of Extreme Warriors Season 2. The four UK robots were paired up and Tornado fought Adam Clark's Wowot. Tornado slammed into the offensive, shoving Wowot around. The bout was over when Tornado pushed Wowot into Sergeant Bash, who crumpled the battery pack and caused Wowot to lose power.

"Our second fight was against Razer. Unlike at Extreme 1 we were not daunted - it was time to play our trump card and reveal our anti-crusher weapon! Razer were dumbfounded - understandably they asked for it to be weighted and measured, but as we knew already it followed the rules to the letter. Everyone who saw it was either amused or speechless!"
— Team Tornado[7]

For the battle against Razer, Team Tornado used their new anti-crusher device for the first time, as the first season of Extreme Warriors was filmed before UK Series 6. In the fight, the chain came off the disc of the Anti-Crusher Web almost immediately, but the weapon served its purpose and Razer could not reach the chassis. Tornado repeatedly pushed Razer into the CPZs, but the House Robots kept attacking Tornado instead. By the end of the fight, the Anti-Crusher Web was completely mangled, but Tornado itself was relatively unharmed.

"But the judges were apparently told to ignore any house robot intervention because they had not done as they should. It went to a judges decision - and we won on a 2:1 split decision!"
— Team Tornado[8]

In the final, Tornado met General Chompsalot 2. This time Tornado equipped the pushing scoop, and simply pushed General Chompsalot around the arena and down the pit to claim the International Championship.

Results

TORNADO - RESULTS
UK Series
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 2
Heat F, Eliminator vs. Gemini (8), Kater Killer Qualified
Heat F, Semi-Final vs. Berserk 2 (24) Won
Heat F, Final vs. Gemini (8) Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Wheely Big Cheese (15) Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 2 vs. Chaos 2 (1) Lost
Extreme Series 1
All-Stars
Runner-Up
Round 1 vs. 3 Stegs to Heaven Won
Quarter Final vs. Pussycat Won
Semi-Final vs. Chaos 2 Won
Final vs. Razer Lost
Mayhem & Annihilator
Mayhem
Mayhem vs. The Steel Avenger, King B Powerworks Lost
Challenge Belt
Holder
Challenge vs. Behemoth Won
Defence vs. Comengetorix Won
Defence vs. Wild Thing Won
Defence vs. Chaos 2 Won
Defence vs. Pussycat Won
Single Battle Events
Vengeance
Vengeance vs. Stinger Won
The Second World Championship
Representing UK, Semi-Final
NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during US Season 1
Heat vs. Yeborobo (RSA), Panzer Mk 2 (USA), Philipper (BEL) Won
Semi-Final vs. Razer (UK) Lost
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
12th Seed, Heat, Round 2
Heat G, Eliminator vs. Gravedigger Won
Heat G, Semi-Final vs. Diotoir Lost
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
12th Seed, Champion
Heat G, Round 1 vs. Terror-Bull, Inshredable, Edge Hog Qualified
Heat G, Round 2 vs. Thor Won
Heat G, Final vs. Anarchy Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Hypno-Disc (4) Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 2 vs. Dominator 2 (6) Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Firestorm 4 (3) Won
Grand Final vs. Razer (1) Won
Extreme Series 2
All-Stars
Heat, Round 2
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Terrorhurtz, Dantomkia Qualified
Heat A, Round 2 vs. Bigger Brother Lost
Challenge Belt
Holder
Defence vs. Terrorhurtz Won
European Championship
Representing UK, Champion
NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars
Round 1 vs. Snake Bite (SUI) Won
Round 2 vs. Razer (UK) Lost
NOTE: After Round 2, the Razer team handed the victory to Tornado as they believed that their robot had been immobilised (Razer's motors had burnt out very early on in the fight) and did not deserve to continue.
Final vs. Philipper 2 (BEL) Won
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
1st Seed, 3rd Place
Heat E, Round 1 vs. Sawpoint 2, Devastator, Ewe 2 Qualified
Heat E, Round 2 vs. Leveller 2 Won
Heat E, Final vs. Tetanus Booster Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Raging Knightmare Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 2 vs. Gravity Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Storm 2 (16) Lost
Grand Final, Playoff vs. X-Terminator (11) Won
The Third World Championship
Representing UK, Heat
Heat vs. Ansgar 3 (GER), Storm 2 (UK) Lost
US Series
Season 1
NOTE: See Extreme Series 1 Results
Season 2
International Championship
Representing UK, Champion
Round 1 vs. Wowot (UK) Won
Round 2 vs. Razer (UK) Won
Final vs. General Chompsalot 2 (USA) Won
Tornado

Tornado in the pits as the defending Champion

Wins/Losses

  • UK Wins: 32
  • UK Losses: 9
  • US Wins: 3
  • US Losses: 0

Series Record

  • Series 1-3: Did not enter
  • Series 4: Semi-Finals, Round 2
  • Series 5: Heat, Round 2
  • Series 6: Grand Champion
  • Series 7: Third Place

Outside Robot Wars

Tornado was renamed Storm Chaser, after the alternative team name and that team member David Gamble was a storm chaser, for Techno Games. It fought alongside Sprocket (S.M.I.D.S.Y.) in the Football, winning 5-0 in the final against Kat's Whiskers and Snowstorm.

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Tornado at the 2013 European Championships

Tornado is still in the possession of Andrew Marchant, but it no longer fights, appearing only as a display at some events. However at the 2013 European Championships in Norwich, it returned to combat for an exhibition match against Alien Destructor and Cherub. After a close battle, it won on a judges decision. It then later battled Dantomkia, Bulldog Breed, Tough As Nails and The Saint.

Appearances in Merchandise

Trivia

  • Team Tornado.
  • Tornado's first ever live appearance, unpainted.
  • Tornado's first fight, against the original Dantomkia.
  • Storm Chaser in the Techno Games Football competition.
  • The Storm Chaser armour that Tornado was clad in on Techno-Games.
  • Tornado on display in October 2009.
  • The Executioner for Series 8 which is in the possession of Team Tornado.
  • Along with Razer, PulverizeR and the middleweight Typhoon, Tornado is the only robot to have fought and defeated both a clusterbot (Gemini) and a walkerbot (Anarchy). Coincidentally:
    • Each of them faced Tornado in a Heat Final.
    • Like Razer, the clusterbot Tornado faced was Gemini.
    • Like PulverizeR, Tornado's walkerbot victory was in the same series it won.
  • Tornado is one of the only 3 UK Series Semi-Finalists to have made the finals in non-sequential series (doing so in 4 and 7, in addition to reaching and winning 6). The other two robots to do so are X-Terminator and Thermidor 2, although neither made Series 6.
  • Tornado was the only competitor robot to be made into a radio controlled toy as merchandise.
  • Tornado's lifter, static spike, Anti Axe Weapon and Anti Spinner Weapon have all been scrapped.

Honours


Honour
Position in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame


References

  1. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  2. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  3. Team Tornado's Victories And Defeats on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  4. Team Tornado's Series 5 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  5. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  6. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  7. Team Tornado's TNN Extreme Series 2 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  8. Team Tornado's TNN Extreme Series 2 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
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