Wheelosaurus was a robot with two large Victorian Pramwheels. It was made predominantly from recycled parts- its chassis was scavenged from a scaffolding pod and featured a gyro-stabiliser from a helicopter, enabling it to spin and turn quickly, whilst its wheels were protected with aluminium dustbin lids. It competed in Series 2 and 4 of Robot Wars, getting to the Heat Arena Semi-Final and Round 2 of its Heat respectively. Its weapon in Series 2 was a set of spikes on the end of its pole, whilst in Series 4, it was also armed with a spinning blade powered by a petrol strimmer engine. In both series, the wheel hubcaps had spikes on them for additional protection.

Wheelosaurus was an axlebot, a type of robot where the body and weapon were built directly around the wheel axle. Wheelosaurus was the very first type of axlebot seen in Robot Wars, but one of few not to feature a torque reaction style weapon system. Peter Gibson, one of only a few one-person teams to compete in Robot Wars, often affectionately referred to Wheelosaurus by the name Grunge-Bot.

Wheelosaurus was also a reserve robot for the Second Series, ranked behind Panda Monium and Griffon, but when Minotaur withdrew from the main competition, it was elevated into Heat B.

Robot History

Series 2


Wheelosaurus as it appeared at the auditions before the Second Wars.


Wheelosaurus in Series 2

Wheelosaurus tackled the middle route of the Gauntlet and after getting through the barrels and over the see-saw it got pinned by Sergeant Bash. While flailing around it managed to knock off Bash's Flamethrower, which caused an evacuation of the building.[1] It did however achieve 11.7m, placing it fourth and qualifying for the Trial. The next round was Tug of War, in which Wheelosaurus managed to survive 18.11 seconds, after some wheel spinning at the start to the end with Dead Metal almost toying with it. It again finished fourth to reach the Arena. In the arena it met Chaos and was pushed into the PPZ where Seregant Bash attack with the flamethrower, and Matilda went for the wheels with the chainsaw. Wheelosaurus was then pushed into the corner against the angle grinders, and pinned in by both Shunt and Matilda, Shunt getting in multiple blows with the axe. Cease was called, and Wheelosaurus was eliminated.

Series 4

Wheelosaurus vs Suicidal Tendencies

Wheelosaurus is pushed onto the flame pit by Suicidal Tendencies

After being absent from the Third Wars, Wheelosaurus returned for the Fourth Wars, and was now armed with a strimmer blade. Wheelosaurus was placed in Heat H of the main competition, here, it was drawn up against previous Round 1 drop-outs Prizephita Mk 2 and the number 15 seeds Wheely Big Cheese. In the battle, Wheelosaurus was immediately being flipped twice by Prizephita Mk 2, as Wheely Big Cheese went straight into the CPZ to attack Sir Killalot. Wheelosaurus then span around the arena before carelessly driving into the arena side wall, getting stuck. As Wheelosaurus eventually came off the arena side wall, but was immediately attacked by house robot Dead Metal. Wheelosaurus was dragged away, but then tried to use its weapon on the half-immobile Prizephita Mk 2, along with Shunt. The pit of oblivion then descended, with all three being pitted by the house robots, Wheelosaurus going in last. A judges' decision resulted, and Wheelosaurus and the seeded Wheely Big Cheese were put through to the next round of the heat. In the second round, Wheelosaurus were drawn up against the number 32 seeds Suicidal Tendencies, although before the fight began, Peter Gibson admitted that the robot was in a very bad way and was unlikely to be able to do anything.

"Peter, you are totally to blame for it. Peter, it's your fault. Peter, move the thing."
Jonathan Pearce At the start of Wheelosaurus' second battle

After activate was called, Wheelosaurus failed to move, and was pushed around the arena by Suicidal Tendencies. Petrol then began to leak from the back of the robot, and as it was pushed onto the flame pit, it fell on its side and the petrol strimmer motor caught fire, Wheelosaurus was deemed immobilised. Cease was eventually called, eliminating Wheelosaurus from the competition.


Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Arena Semi-Final
Heat B, Gauntlet 11.7m (4th) Qualified
Heat B, Trial (Tug of War) 18.11 seconds (4th) Qualified
Heat B, Semi-Final vs. Chaos (6) Lost
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat H, Eliminator vs. Wheely Big Cheese (15), Prizephita Mk 2 Qualified
Heat H, Semi-Final vs. Suicidal Tendencies 2 (32) Lost


  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 2

Series Record

  • Series 1: Did not enter
  • Series 2: Heat, Arena Semi-Final
  • Series 3: Did not enter
  • Series 4: Heat, Round 2
  • Series 5-7: Did not enter


  • Wheelosaurus fought a seed in every battle in which it featured.
    • Two out of those three battles were head-to-heads with the lowest seed in that series, which it lost.
  • At 100 years old, Wheelosaurus contained the oldest components in Robot Wars in the form of the Pram wheels.


  1. Oliver Steeples' website - Series 2, Show 2
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