Tripulta (also known as Tripulta Raptor) was a tracked robot that was scheduled to appear in Season 2 of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, although it did not appear and the team competed with Cyclone instead.
At the time, Tripulta was a large tracked box shaped machine armed with a large crushing jaw which resembled a claw which ran using 2000 PSI hydraulic systems, with the whole machine weighing in at 215lb. The robot was fitted with Earth magnet turbo motors for locomotion and the robot's tracks and other parts were utilised also used for Cyclone. However, based on the CAD for the Extreme Warriors Season 2 programme, it would appear upgrades were being made to Tripulta for the series, such as a wedge being applied to the front, the boxy design being completely removed in favour for a more rounded shape. The more streamlined design also removed the bottom jaw with the wedge serving that purpose instead.
US Season 2
Tripulta was one of the US competitors scheduled to appear in the second season of Extreme Warriors, with the CAD of the robot appearing in the official Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors Season 2 programme. However, for reasons unknown Tripulta did not appear in the show. The most likely scenario for Tripulta's withdrawal is due to the conflict with BattleBots at the time, which meant that robots could not appear in both shows due to contracting agreements. Regardless, Team Raptor would enter the competition with the similarly tracked design of Cyclone.
|US Series||Tripulta Series Record|
|Season 1||Heat (Round 1) with Cyclone|
Heat (Round 1) with Rippa Raptor
Side events with Tut Tut
Heat, Round 1 with Cyclone 2
|Nickelodeon||Did not enter|
Outside Robot Wars
Tripulta Raptor first appeared in BattleBots Season 2.0 in the Superheavyweight category. It won its first fight against Liquid Lunch after Liquid Lunch forfeited only for Tripulta Raptor to lose against Toro in the second round. Tripulta Raptor returned in Season 3.0 where it was in the heavyweight category, once again getting to the second round after defeating Orion and losing against KillerB. In Season 4.0, Tripulta lost in the first round to Agitator. Tripulta Raptor was also popular enough to be given merchandise.
Tripulta Raptor and Team Raptor in general was involved in heavy controversy when the team appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for Bud Light. This commercial deal was done mostly to spite BattleBots producer Trey Roski who the team had many arguments and disagreements with prior, with Team Raptor alleging that Roski had 'mistreated' robot teams and their decisions for competing in other competition such as Robot Wars and Robotica, or for certain robots being omitted from the TV show in favour of "popular" robots and the 'isolationist' approach Trey Roski had towards BattleBots and their deals. Because Tripulta appeared in the 2002 commercial, Trey Roski sued Budweiser and barred Tripulta Raptor from competing in Season 5.0.
After BattleBots, Tripulta Raptor was converted into Preda Raptor which competed in RoboGames, debuting in 2010 where it won two fights and lost two fights. Preda Raptor would eventually retire after the 2013 RoboGames. After this Preda Raptor was also converted into the latest Team Raptor creation, Ghost Raptor.
For more information about Ghost Raptor and the rest of Team Raptor's machines, see here.
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