√3 (also referred to as V3 or V32, and pronounced Wortel drie or Wortel drie en kwadraat in Dutch; the name meant 'root of three' or 'square root of three') was a three-part clusterbot which competed in the second series of Dutch Robot Wars. It was relatively successful, winning two fights (via judges' decisions) and reaching the Heat Final, before losing to eventual champion PulverizeR.
√3 was unique in that it was the only clusterbot prior to Series 8 which was made out of more than two robots. Unlike two-part clusterbots, √3 required two of its three thirds to be immobilised, pitted or thrown out of the arena in order for the whole robot to be eliminated.
√3 was an unusual clusterbot made out of three smaller robots, which resembled a single-seater racing car when joined together. The three robots drove into the arena separately, before assembling together prior to the start of battles. All parts of √3 were painted black and yellow, and consisted of the following robots, from front to back:
- S.O.Xbot (also known as Son of Xbot): a wedged robot with two outside wheels and a flipper.
- Elevation: A box-shaped robot with a pneumatic flipping arm, which formed the clusterbot's middle section.
- ODT-0.33: A simple wedge with two outside wheels.
- "...in the Dutch Series 2, we were all three in a different team with the main heavyweights, but in the same team for the clusterbot. That's why we were wearing helmets with black visors"
- — WJ Dijkstra
√3 was a collaborative effort between three Dutch robot teams; each third of the robot was built and had its own name based on the respective team members' other entries. Three roboteers from Impact, Gravity and ODT-Zero joined to create the three part clusterbot, each wearing race suits and white racing helmets in keeping with the robot's race car theme. S.O.Xbot was built by Jeroen van Lieverloo from Impact, Elevation was built by WJ Dijkstra from Gravity, and ODT-0.33 was built by Alexander Russchen from ODT-Zero, hence its name.
Dutch Series 2Edit
√3 competed in Heat E, facing ODT-Zero in the first round. Team member Alexander Russchen – who built and entered ODT-Zero – was forced to abandon his entry while he controlled ODT-0.33 for this battle, entrusting ODT-Zero with his Team ODT teammates.
In the battle, the three parts of √3 split up immediately, with Elevation activating the pit and the Floor Spinner in rapid succession while S.O.Xbot rounded up and attempted to push ODT-Zero towards the Flame Pit. Elevation and ODT-0.33 joined in to surround ODT-Zero and disrupt its movements, with all three parts of √3 succeeding in stopping ODT-Zero from driving away. Elevation tried to lift ODT-Zero, only for ODT-Zero to reverse and drive over the Floor Spinner, with Elevation bumping into Refbot immediately after. Both Elevation and S.O.XBot bumped into ODT-Zero again while being spun by the Floor Spinner, with ODT-0.33 getting underneath ODT-Zero as it pushed Elevation and S.O.Xbot back. ODT-0.33 was then spun away by the Floor Spinner a few more times, before ODT-Zero nearly pushed S.O.Xbot into the pit. Elevation, in turn, teamed up with S.O.Xbot to try and pit ODT-Zero, with ODT-0.33 getting underneath the latter in an attempt to help the other two parts of √3. In doing so, Elevation backed away, allowing ODT-Zero to reverse and push ODT-0.33 towards the pit, but ODT-0.33 swerved away and S.O.Xbot blocked ODT-Zero as it tried to back away. All three parts of √3 gathered round and lifted ODT-Zero again, before gradually steering, lifting and pushing it into Shunt, who axed ODT-Zero’s top armour. Mr. Psycho left his CPZ to surround all four robots, with both ODT-Zero and ODT-0.33 struggling to drive effectively. Meanwhile, Elevation appeared to have lost mobility altogether, and accidentally flipped S.O.Xbot over before Shunt and Mr. Psycho attacked it. S.O.Xbot attempted to get underneath Mr. Psycho in response, but both √3 and ODT-Zero survived to a Jury's decision, which went in favour of √3.
In the second round, √3 fought Belgian competitor Pika 3. Again, all three parts split up as soon as 'activate' was called, with Elevation wedging itself underneath the Floor Spinner as it and S.O.Xbot approached the sluggish Pika 3. Both were spun away as the Floor Spinner activated, before Pika 3 rammed into S.O.Xbot and pushed Elevation into an empty CPZ. Elevation escaped as ODT-0.33 and S.O.Xbot surrounded Pika 3, the latter struggling to drive away from the Flame Pit. S.O.Xbot was then pushed into the CPZ by Pika 3, and hesitated as Matilda reversed into it; her flywheel flung S.O.Xbot into a camera and out of the arena. With √3 reduced to two thirds, Elevation and ODT-0.33 pinned Pika 3 against the wall, before Pika 3 wedged itself underneath an angle grinder. This allowed ODT-0.33 to get underneath Pika 3 before Refbot freed it, with both ODT-0.33 and Elevation again surrounding and nudging Pika 3 as it kept struggling to drive properly and drove up Refbot's front plough. Elevation steered Pika 3 towards Growler's CPZ before Pika 3 pushed it back across the arena again into Matilda. Again, Elevation escaped, while ODT-0.33 slammed into Pika 3's side, knocking Pika 3's lifter out of alignment as it steered the latter towards the wall. Elevation then rammed and lifted Pika 3, only to be pushed back, before ODT-0.33 finished the battle by getting underneath and pinning Pika 3 against an entry gate until 'cease' was called. As before, the battle went to a Jury's decision, which despite it losing one of its clusterbots, went in favour of √3. The team immediately celebrated their victory by hugging each other and jumping around in the central pod.
The Heat Final saw √3 face PulverizeR for a place in the Grand Final. The three robots separated as PulverizeR approached, with ODT-0.33 and S.O.Xbot attempting to pin PulverizeR while sustaining hits from the latter's flywheel. Elevation and PulverizeR then pushed each other as the four robots came together, with S.O.Xbot being turned onto its back as both it and ODT-0.33 drove up against PulverizeR's front and side. All three thirds of √3 chased PulverizeR across the arena, with Elevation pushing it again before almost being knocked onto its side by PulverizeR's flywheel. Seconds later, PulverizeR threw ODT-0.33 over, before hitting S.O.Xbot, which pressed the pit release button while ODT-0.33 and Elevation got underneath PulverizeR in an attempt to lift it. S.O.Xbot returned to push PulverizeR into Elevation, but PulverizeR's flywheel flipped Elevation over in the process, and S.O.Xbot turned itself over as well before pushing the inverted Elevation around. Meanwhile, ODT-0.33 tried to push PulverizeR from behind, but it and Elevation were thrown within seconds of each other by PulverizeR, with Elevation being re-righted as a result. Again, ODT-0.33 and S.O.Xbot surrounded and got their wedges underneath PulverizeR, lifting it onto one wheel, but PulverizeR landed back onto both wheels as Elevation tried to assist ODT-0.33, tearing into S.O.Xbot's rear panel and ripping one of its wheels off. Elevation and S.O.Xbot were then flipped across the arena by PulverizeR, with Elevation unable to self-right and S.O.Xbot spinning around on its remaining wheel. As two-thirds of √3 were now immobilised, Refbot counted the whole robot out, before PulverizeR flipped ODT-0.33 again. Elevation was hammered and sliced by Mr. Psycho and Dead Metal respectively before 'cease' was called, and √3 was eliminated from the second series of Dutch Robot Wars as a result.
|√3 - RESULTS|
|Heat E, Round 1||vs. ODT-Zero||Won|
|Heat E, Semi-Final||vs. Pika 3||Won|
|Heat E, Final||vs. PulverizeR||Lost|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 1
|Series 1|| Entered with Project One (WJ Dijkstra)|
Entered with X-Bot (Jeroen van Lieverloo)
|Series 2|| Heat Final|
Entered with Gravity (WJ Dijkstra)
Entered with Impact (Jeroen van Lieverloo)
Entered with ODT-Zero (Alexander Russchen)
|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|| Entered with Gravity|
Failed to qualify with Deep Impact (Jeroen van Lieverloo)
|Series 8||Not selected with Gravity|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Up until recently, Elevation was still used as a single featherweight in live events hosted by Roaming Robots, before becoming a parts donor for other robots. The pneumatics from it and S.O.Xbot were sold separately in 2011 and have been built into featherweights that competed on the UK live events circuit, such as Team Toon's 'Stealth' and Team Short Circuit's 'Skyfall'. ODT-0.33 was later modified into ODT-0.44, and enjoyed success as a middleweight for demonstration battles. It has since been used as a fancy paperweight.
- √3 was the only clusterbot on Robot Wars to record more wins than losses.
- As one part of √3 was flipped out of the arena by Matilda, √3 is the only robot to be flipped out of the arena in any main domestic competition and not be eliminated from the competition in the same battle.
- √3 was the first Robot Wars clusterbot to consist of individual robots with completely different designs. However, all three robots remained roughly the same weight as each other.
- √3 is one of ten robots to fight two past or future domestic champions in two successive battles, fighting Pika 3 and PulverizeR in the second round and Heat Final of its Dutch Series 2 heat. The others to achieve this so far are Killertron, Cassius, Firestorm, Stinger, Razer, X-Terminator, Twisted Metal, Philipper 2 and Tornado.