- "Only took a month to build, based on car fan and starter motors, with an aluminium body shell and a large pickaxe with power behind it. At the limit of its weight class, Willy's a whale!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Wild Willy
Wild Willy was a competitor robot in Robot Wars: The Third Wars. It lost in the first round to Flip Flop Fly after driving into the pit, despite a promising start. The team returned in The Sixth Wars with Cyrax.
Wild Willy was a purple box-wedge shaped robot, armoured in aluminium, running on a two-wheel drive system. Wild Willy was at the very peak of The Third Wars weight limit, at 80.8kg. Mounted on the wedge was a red spiked pickaxe, powered by a 12V car starter motor, a concept was later used by successor Cyrax. Wild Willy was powered by fan motors and could achieve a comparatively high top speed of 15mph, which it used to good effect. Its weaponry was not particularly damaging, but its rapid firing rate provided good aggression. Like most robots in the Third Wars, Wild Willy had a high ground clearance and could not self-right.
Wild Willy was entered into Series 3 by a three-man team based in North Pickenham, Lincoln. Captain Paul Wilcox was joined by Mark Garroway and Ryan Pettefer for the Third Wars. The robot was designed by Paul Wilcox and Ryan Pettefer. Joined by Mark Garroway (who painted the robot), the three men built Wild Willy over a month. Wilcox and Pettefer also entered the Sixth Wars with Cyrax three series later.
Wild Willy was placed up against Flip Flop Fly in Round 1 of Heat L.
Wild Willy started the battle much faster than its opponent, landing several blows with its axe. It attacked Sgt. Bash while Flip Flop Fly wobbled around the arena. Wild Willy then pushed Flip Flop Fly into the arena wall. Both robots were jostled by the arena spike, and Flip Flop Fly's tyre went flat. However, whilst positioning Flip Flop Fly by the pit in an attempt to push it in, Wild Willy was jostled once again. Driving forward, Wild Willy drove partially over the pit and became trapped. After attempting to wiggle itself free, Matilda pitted Wild Willy completely.
The judges were consulted, as Flip Flop Fly was also struggling for mobility, but the Judges nevertheless determined that Flip Flop Fly would go through, and that Wild Willy would be eliminated.
- "Oh, silly, silly billy, Wild Willy"
- — Jonathan Pearce
|WILD WILLY - RESULTS|
|The Third Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat L, Round 1||vs. Flip Flop Fly||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Wild Willy Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Entered with Cyrax|
|The Seventh Wars||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
- The team behind the robot Wild Willy fought in its only appearance were the same team that created Tetanus, which fought Wild Willy's successor Cyrax in its first round melee in Series 6.