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"Something of a rarity these days, a tracked robot"
Jonathan Pearce

Trax was a one-time competitor that fought in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It performed well in its opening melee, advancing over Shredder Evolution and Sub-Version 1.1 before it lost in the second round to the eventual runner-up Storm 2.

DesignEdit

TraxPits

Trax in the Pits, note the raised lifting weapon

Trax was an orange box-wedge shaped robot, with a front wedge. It was tracked, as the name suggests, for superior grip and pushing power, and its weapon was a front-hinged flipping arm with a unique rack and pinion, although it is said that it was interchangeable with an axe. Trax could skid along the arena floor as if it was on a very smooth surface.

The TeamEdit

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Team S-tec

The team with Trax

Trax was entered by Team S-tec, nowadays spelled as Team S.Tek, who had previously competed the second series of Extreme with Hell's Teeth. The team was captained by Shane Swan, who drove the machine in both of its battles, and continued to captain the team for the remainder of their televised appearances. He was joined by Paul Morton, who was also part of the team in Series 9, and the roster was completed by Andrew Shepard. The team would later compete with Dantomkia and Push to Exit.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

Trax made its debut in Heat I of the Seventh Wars where it was placed up against Steel Avenger, Sub-Version 1.1 and Shredder Evolution in the first round.

Subversion gets rammed

Trax slams Sub-Version 1.1 into the wall

Trax's first drive was towards Sub-Version 1.1, which flew over the top of Trax. Trax then tussled with Steel Avenger, and threw it up and onto its side while withstanding an axe swing in the process, but Steel Avenger self-righted. Next, Trax slid underneath Sub-Version 1.1 and drove it across the arena and into the side wall, and pressing the pit release tyre with a strong drive, but was unable to cause Sub-Version 1.1 any further problems with its thrusting arm, which narrowly missed its opponent when it was activated.

"Trax could thrust the sub out here! Didn't work, that mechanism."
— Jonathan Pearce as Trax fails to throw Sub-Version 1.1 with its flipping arm
Steel Avenger Trax

Trax throws Steel Avenger onto its side

Subversion gets pitted

With seconds to go, Trax submerges Sub-Version 1.1

Trax then tentatively pushed the side of Steel Avenger as it held Shredder Evolution over the flame pit, before skirting over the flame pit itself and driving into the arena wall twice. After moving away, Trax engaged in another scuffle with Steel Avenger, first dodging an axe blow, before it took a clean hit the second time. Trax managed to throw Steel Avenger onto its side again, with it self-righting again. With seconds remaining, Trax came in with a side-on attack on Sub-Version 1.1, and its long drive ended up with Sub-Version 1.1 in the pit of oblivion, eliminating it from the competition and taking the other three remaining robots to a judges' decision, who sent Trax and Steel Avenger through to the second round.

In the next round, Trax was drawn against the number 16 seeds Storm 2, which slammed its way past Supernova and Mayhem in its first round battle.

Storm 2 vs Trax

Trax is lifted by Storm 2

Storm 2 immediately caught Trax side-on and slammed it into the arena wall before slipping underneath its opponent and lifting it slightly. Storm 2 continued its early dominance as it drove Trax head-on into the side wall again before lifting Trax up after another drive. Trax was rammed into the barrier again, before Storm 2 activated and dislodged the pit release tyre.

"Trax doing splendidly simply to survive here."
— Jonathan Pearce as Trax tries to stand up to Storm 2's relentless pressure
Trax Mr Psycho

Trax narrowly avoids a hammer blow from Mr. Psycho

Trax then skidded off into Mr. Psycho's CPZ, where it came under pressure from the House Robot's hammer, but managed to escape soon after. As the battle edged towards a judges' decision, Storm 2 attempted to force Trax down into the pit, but Trax held on as it skittered in and around the lip of the arena hazard. After Trax drove back into the centre of the arena, cease was called, and although Trax had managed to survive the whole battle, it was not enough to see it through to the Heat Final, and Trax was eliminated from the competition.

ResultsEdit

TRAX - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat I, Round 1 vs. Shredder Evolution, Steel Avenger, Sub-Version 1.1 Qualified
Heat I, Round 2 vs. Storm 2 (16) Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

  • Rear view of Trax
  • Trax without armour in the pits
  • Trax at the Series 7 qualifiers
Main Series Trax Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify with Hell's Teeth
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify with Hell's Teeth
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2
Series 8 Entered with Dantomkia
Series 9 Entered with Push to Exit
Series 10 Entered with Push to Exit
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Hell's Teeth

NOTE: Shane Swan also competed in Battle of the Stars as the mentor of Interstellar: MML.

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Envy

Trax at a live event after Series 7 as an early Envy

ENVY

Envy, Trax's successor

During and after Robot Wars, Trax fought in live events, until it was scrapped, and in its place, Envy was made, which had been very successful over the years, notably finishing second in the 2011 UK Championships. Trax was converted into an early version of Envy before the completed machine was built. For more information on Envy, see Team S.Tek.

TriviaEdit

Trax S7

Official Series 7 photo

  • Trax was one of only two competitor robots in Series 7 to run on tracks, with the other being Tomahawk.
  • Trax was the first robot built by Team S.Tek to use a front-hinged flipper. The team would later become the only competitors in Series 9 and 10 to use this type of weapon, with Push to Exit.
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