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This article is about the Dutch competitor. For other uses, see Twister (disambiguation).

"Twister, for we will twist your metal!!"
— Twister website[1]

Twister was a competitor in Dutch Robot Wars: Series 2 and UK Series 7. It was more successful on home soil, causing lots of damage before falling in the Heat Final to the eventual runner-up Philipper 2, then receiving a wildcard place in the Grand Final, where it was knocked out by the eventual champion, PulverizeR. It lost in the first round of the Seventh Wars on a Judges' decision, narrowly falling to Pussycat and Roobarb in its only British series appearance.

Versions of Twister[]

Twister (Dutch Series 2)[]

"Twister 1 was designed by welding metal together and to construct a robot. No drawings were made (maybe that was a mistake) ... with a little too much convincing we built it together"
— Twister website (edited)[2]

Twister in Dutch Series 2

Originally, Twister was an upright box shape running on two wheelchair motors with built-in gearboxes, controlled by controlled by two 4QD NCC 70–36 regulators. The robot was armed with a large spinning triangle mounted at a 45-degree angle, powered by a 24v fork truck motor on a home-made gearbox running at a 1:3 ratio. Though it had balancing issues due to its two-wheel drive and raised weaponry, and could not self-right, the spinning blade was capable of great destruction. The robot was fairly reminiscent of a windmill.

Twister (UK Series 7)[]

"This new and improved version of the Twister concept was designed on the bases of a full killing force. While the Twister 1 had to cope with a lot of disabilities, the Twister 2 has none."
— Twister website (edited)[3]

The rear of the Series 7 Twister

Twister in the arena in Series 7

In Series 7, Twister fixed its self-righting issue by switching to an invertible design. The spinning triangle with blunted vertices ran through the lower centre of the robot, allowing the weapon to defend the robot from both sides. The weapon now boasted a top speed of 1600rpm brought by its new Lynch motor, and the robot's chassis was constructed from a steel frame, protected by 12mm Lexan armour.

"As a lot of you saw last year, we could not get back on our feet after getting flipped. This time we will. When a flipper wants to try we are ready to take you on. For this time we are aiming for the crown. No more mister nice guy."
— Twister website[4]

The Team[]

"Twister came to light when 3 people, Frans, Shyam and Sjaak saw the English wars on the TV. They decided that they could do a even better job, and after brief consideration they made there sick ideas come to life."
— Twister website[5]

Team Twister logo

Team Twister were a Dutch team based in Bosschenhoofd. The team was captained by Sjaak Koning, who was responsible for the robot's electronic construction. Teammate Frans Vink was responsible for photography, and these two team members were present in both of Twister's appearances. Shyam Ramlal competed only in Dutch Series 2, but was responsible for the metal construction of Twister, while Graham Lawrence took his place in UK Series 7. The team also credit Ramon Papa for Twister's design concept, and Charles van Veen for their web design.

The team had a signature "windmill dance" which they did after each of their victories, which would see the three team members hold on to each other and form a triangle, then spin in circles repeatedly. This was only seen in the Dutch series of Robot Wars, where Twister collected its victories.


As with all competitors in Dutch Series 2, Twister applied for the series through open applications, and was accepted to compete on the show in this manner.

Twister destroys a washing machine in testing

In its UK Series 7 qualifier, Twister fought Aggrobot, Ceros and Rhino. Twister's attacks were largely focused on Ceros, which was persistent in attacking it. Twister buckled the side of Ceros, and threw sparks off its titanium armour, although eventually Twister's weapon became torn, damage which would later require re-welding. Twister went on to win the battle based on the heavy damage it caused, but despite this, all four of the competing robots would be given places in the main competition of the Seventh Wars.

"We fought for around 2 minutes in which time Ceros managed to get flipped, self right perfectly and then go on to toss Aggrobot several feet in the air and on contact with terra firma again were dead to the world! We then decided as Rhino were still trying to learn how to control their machine that we should go for Twister as otherwise it would look like we were scared of it. We hit it and it buckled the entire side of Ceros! Me being the way I am did not stand for this and attacked again trying to flip the vulnerable wheel of the machine. I almost got a flip on but he turned last minute and the flipper caught the heavy frame in which time 4 major things happened. I saw a very pretty bright titanium spark, the flipper got buckled, we threw Twister up a little, but the best bit was tearing through the spinning weapon requiring them to have to get it re-welded before they could fight again. So Ceros qualified, however on closer inspection we saw we had a lot of damage to repair. The front of the flipper was bent out of all proportions and the side was smashed in quite badly."
— Ceros website describes the battle (edited)[6]

Robot History[]

Dutch Series 2[]

Twister knocks eyes from The Black Beast

In its first battle, Twister faced The Black Beast. Twister spun up its weapon and slammed into The Black Beast, destroying its decorative eyes and one of its horns. Twister came in with another hit and destroyed The Black Beast's other horn. The blunt force knocked something loose from The Black Beast, and it was deemed immobile.

Twister causes major damage to Impact

In the second round, Twister met Impact. Twister took a few harmless blows from Impact's hammer before getting its own weapon up to speed and chopping off one of Impact's forks. It continued its attack, tearing Impact's front armour off completely. Impact was counted out, and Twister advanced to the Heat Final.

Twister is flipped over

Twister is resigned to the pit

There, it faced Philipper 2. Twister spun up its hammer and struck Philipper 2, but it bounced off without inflicting damage, wobbling dangerously off-balance. It came in for another attack, but Philipper 2 flipped it over, immobilising it. Philipper 2 came in and dug into one of its wheels with its crusher, before Sir Killalot dumped it down the pit.

Twister is attacked by PulverizeR from behind

Twister is thrown over by PulverizeR

Though it lost the Heat Final, Twister received a wildcard and was granted entry to the Grand Final. It first opponent was PulverizeR. The fight had a tentative start, with each robot trying to avoid the other's spinner. PulverizeR got Twister from behind and hit it hard, sending Twister flying across the arena. PulverizeR then hit the pit release before striking Twister again, this time flipping Twister onto its side. Twister tried to use its weapon to self-right, but could only skitter on the arena floor. PulverizeR finished it off by dropping it down the pit.

UK Series 7[]

"Winning isn’t anything, it’s everything this year. With a completely new robot we are taking on the best."
— Twister website[7]

Twister's first venture into the UK Championship saw it face number 9 seeds Pussycat, as well as returning Sixth Wars first round losers Roobarb and Brutus Maximus in the opening heat of the Seventh Wars.

The blades of Twister and Pussycat collide

Twister rips panels from Brutus Maximus

Twister was immediately charged by Pussycat, before Roobarb joined in and flicked Twister with two flips. After this, Twister went on the offensive, knocking Pussycat aside with a hit which lifted Pussycat off the arena floor temporarily. Twister then attacked the reversing Brutus Maximus, shattering some of its protective covering and damaging one of its saw blades. Twister and Pussycat then clashed head-on - an attack which sent Twister up into the air but also damaged Pussycat's spinning blade, ceasing its movement. Twister was then reversed into by Brutus Maximus, but the latter came out the worse as its entire row of saw blades came loose. Suddenly, after more pressure at close-quarters from Pussycat and Roobarb, Twister's weapon stopped working, and Roobarb followed this up by inverting Twister with a flip.

"Be interesting to see who survives from the remaining three though. Twister needs to do a lot, here, in the closing stages."
— Jonathan Pearce as the battle runs down towards a judges' decision

The Dutch machine battles the experienced Pussycat

Twister in the late stages of the bout. Note the damage caused to Pussycat's armour

From this point on, Twister was forced to resort to pushing its opponents around, as it edged Pussycat against the arena wall. Pussycat then attacked Twister with its now-revived spinning disc, but another solid connection saw Pussycat's weapon stop working again. With time ticking down, Twister tried to force both Roobarb and Pussycat backwards, but its efforts proved ineffective. Cease was called, and with Brutus Maximus counted out by Refbot before time was up, Twister went to a judges' decision along with Pussycat and Roobarb. However, the judges went in the way of the other two surviving robots, and its Seventh Wars campaign ended at the first hurdle.


Dutch Series
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Grand Final, Round 1
Heat B, Round 1 vs. The Black Beast Won
Heat B, Semi-Final vs. Impact Won
Heat B, Final vs. Philipper 2 Lost
NOTE: After losing in the Heat Final, Twister was given one of the three wildcards into the Grand Final.
Grand Final, Round 1 vs. PulverizeR Lost
UK Series
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Brutus Maximus, Pussycat (9), Roobarb Eliminated


  • UK Wins: 0
  • UK Losses: 1
  • Dutch Wins: 2
  • Dutch Losses: 2

Series Record[]

Dutch Series[]

Dutch Series Twister Series Record
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Grand Final, Round 1

UK Series[]

Series Twister 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 Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot Wars[]

Twister with eight wheels at the 2006 UK Championship

Twister was entered into the 2006 UK Championships, hosted by Roaming Robots. At 2006 UK Championship, Twister had eight wheels (four wheels on each side) instead of two. It was placed in Heat F with Corkscrew (which withdrew), PulverizeR and the 10th seeds UFO. Twister failed to progress beyond the heats after losing to UFO, despite defeating the heat winners PulverizeR in a battle within the group.

Twister was later purchased by Dutch roboteer Niels de Carpentier, the builder of Hammerhead.


Official Series 7 photo

  • Twister possessed the only triangular spinner in Robot Wars.
  • A picture of Twister from Dutch Series 2 was displayed on the team's hats during UK Series 7.
  • For the filming of Series 7, Team Twister were accommodated at the home of Graham Lawrence, builder of T-Wrecks[8].


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