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"Tracks are more fun with 101"
Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide

101 was a tracked robot that competed in Series 3-5 of Robot Wars as well as the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. Its best performance came in Series 3, where it reached the second round of the Semi-Finals and lost to Hypno-Disc on a very tight judges' decision. It also won the Series 4 Tag Team Terror with long-time rivals King Buxton and reached the Heat Final in Series 4, although it lost in the first round of Series 5 to newcomers Fluffy.

101 was the best performing tracked robot to compete in the UK series, as well as being one of the least expensive robots to compete as it was built using parts salvaged from Team 101's previous entry, Robo Doc. It was rumoured to have been named from its remarkably cheap build price of a pound and a penny (£1.01). The real origin of the name was from the robot's length - 101 centimetres - and Amy Franklin's then-favourite film, 101 Dalmatians. 101 in truth cost somewhere around a still-remarkable twelve pounds.[1]

DesignEdit

"I decided to stick with tracks and a drive system based on that of RoboDoc, I also took notice of the lessons learnt from King Buxton, big is not always best, with this in mind I set about reducing the size of 101 to the bare minimum. The small approach has many advantages such as saving weight and providing a more rigid structure. The weapon system use a 30mm bore hydraulic cylinder driving a 20mm diameter spike, the system uses Co2 gas at 750 psi. I had to design special valves to switch this high pressure as there seem to be few commercial valves available. It took longer to design and build these valves than the rest of the robot!"
— Mike Franklin on designing and building 101.
101

Front view of 101, without logo.

101 s3official image

Official image of 101, at the time of Series 3.

101 was a tracked robot with a zero turning circle and a pneumatic spike that would automatically fire at 200 mph when an opponent was in range. The spike was capable of punching through ⅛ inch steel plating, and was activated by an EPCS (Extraperceptive Central System) which enabled it to fire automatically. The robot was originally made from HE30 alloy, which was later upgraded to aircraft-grade aluminium from Series 4 onwards, while the tracks were made out of an old milk bottle washing machine. The tracks also featured tiny screws protruding from them to increase traction, and were powered by two 750W (later 800W) motors, giving 101 superb traction, excellent pushing power and the ability to maintain contact with the arena floor even when it was lifted. This was especially useful in allowing 101 to drive itself away from opponents as it was being pitted, as its battles against Panic Attack and Overkill demonstrated.
101innards

101 without its top

101 FWC

101 as it appeared in the First World Championship

King B3 + 101

101 partnered up with King B3 for the Series 4 Tag Team Terror. Note the front wedges and alternate side panels on 101

101's colour scheme remained consistent throughout its main UK series appearances, with grey top and bottom armour and side plates with yellow and black chevrons down the side. However, variations on this scheme were present throughout its appearances in side tournaments. Plain black side panels were used in the The First World Championship, while panels with white spots on a black background were used for 101's participation in the Series 4 Tag Team Terror and Pinball Warrior competitions.

Extreme 101

Extreme 1/Series 5 appearance

For the Series 4 Tag Team Terror, Series 5 and Extreme 1, a pair of guiding wedges, similar to Hydra's flanges, were added to the front of 101 in order to allow it to get underneath opponents.

Most of 101's parts were salvaged from its predecessor Robo Doc, contributing towards its low budget.

Rivalry with King BuxtonEdit

Main article: Team 101#Rivalry

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit

"101, built for under a fiver soon proved money was no match for good engineering."
— Jonathan Pearce on 101's progress in the heats
101 overkill

101 harries Overkill

101's debut battle was against newcomers Overkill. 101 moved first, and headed towards the centre of the arena, but Overkill slipped underneath, pushing 101 away. Both robots skirted around each other, until Overkill slid underneath 101, driving it across the arena and almost into the pit. Overkill stopped moving, but a tap from 101 brought it back to life. 101 sat back as Overkill were attacked by Dead Metal. 101 pushed Overkill around the arena, but successive attacks saw it keep riding up the front of Overkill's wedge. Overkill again drove 101 towards the pit. They escaped, but Overkill pushed 101 into Sir Killalot. 101 eventually shoved Overkill into Sergeant Bash, where their opponents broke down and were attacked by the House Robots.

101 centurion

101 pushes Centurion into the side wall

101 and Centurion were drawn against each other in the second round. 101 circled around Centurion, where the blue robot tried to lift 101, with little success. 101 retreated to a CPZ and went back in on the attack of Centurion, which lifted 101 again, but it escaped. Both rammed each other head-on, with the lifter of Centurion getting underneath, holding 101 up in the air unable to move. The two came close in the centre of the arena, where Centurion's axe missed a shot, and 101 landed a hit with their autonomous spike.

"There is the weapon of 101, did you just see it flicking out there like a snake tongue?"
— Jonathan Pearce describes the weapon of 101 in use.

101 were raised up by the spikes, and were bounced up by Centurion's lifter. 101 eventually started to push Centurion onto the arena wall, where it got stuck. 101 pushed Centurion with their spike again, as the House Robots moved in to attack Centurion, allowing 101 to progress.

"It's such a good robot, it's the best tracked robot here."
— The King Buxton team are apprehensive of their opponents before the battle.
King buxton 101

101 on top of King Buxton

In the Heat Final, 101 faced King Buxton, who defeated their previous robot Robo Doc in the previous series. The two robots moved around the arena, until they met head-on, allowing 101 to get underneath King Buxton and push it around. King Buxton lowered their forks, so the next meeting saw 101 ride over the top. 101 were pushed from the side by King Buxton into Matilda, and were hindered by the floor spike as they escaped. 101 drove away, and as they pushed King Buxton, the spike fired, which stopped King Buxton. 101 moved in, firing the spike again which rolled King Buxton into Dead Metal. After taking a few hits, King Buxton shot back into life, eventually pushing 101 from the side around the arena. King Buxton took an axe hit from Shunt as they once again got under 101, pushing them around the arena. For the next contact, 101 won the battle of the ground clearances, where King Buxton rode on top of the tracked robot. King Buxton found themselves trapped on the side of 101, where the robot started smoking. 101 kept pushing King Buxton who were grinding to a halt as Cease was called. The judges unanimously awarded 101 the win.

Scutter's revenge vs 101

101 drives up Scutter's Revenge

101 faced reinstated Scutter's Revenge in the first round of the Semi-Finals. The scoop on the front of Scutter's Revenge forced 101 to be raised up as they drove in, so backed away. 101 tried to attack again but were lifted up. 101 reversed into a CPZ but escaped before it could be attacked, and were again pushed by Scutter's Revenge. 101 bided its time, waiting for the moment to move in and push Scutter's Revenge where it could, but it kept riding up over their opponents.

"This again developing into something of a war of attrition."
— Jonathan Pearce notices that the battle is becoming a tactical pushing bout.

101 pushed Scutter's Revenge towards Shunt, where the house robot attacked with the axe. 101 slammed into the side of Scutter's Revenge, where it was eventually attacked by the House Robots and eliminated.

101 vs Hypno-Disc

101 and Hypno-Disc lock horns

This put 101 up against Hypno-Disc to decide who would reach the Grand Final. 101 moved in to try and hit the flywheel before it spun up, succeeding briefly. 101 pushed Hypno-Disc from the back, but Hypno-Disc escaped to spin up their weapon. 101 slammed into the flywheel, bouncing up over the top of Hypno-Disc. 101 tried to back into the flywheel while it was slowed down, but Hypno-Disc's higher top speed allowed it to escape and get the weapon up to speed. 101 hit the side of Hypno-Disc, but also took a light glancing blow. 101 reversed across the flame pit into the clutches of Dead Metal.

As they escaped, Hypno-Disc's weapon seemed to stop working, to the two started pushing each other. 101 rode over the top of Hypno-Disc, who drove into Dead Metal, allowing 101 to move int. 101 tried to push Hypno-Disc, but the silver robot reversed, pushing 101 away. 101 were gripped onto the flame pit by Dead Metal, but escaped and started to push back on Hypno-Disc. 101 scored two more pushes before Cease was called.

"It's that close then, they have to look for damage"
— Jonathan Pearce as the judges inspect each robot.

With the battle being so close, the judges had a good look at each robot before making a decision. After deliberating, Hypno-Disc were awarded the victory, knocking 101 out.

Panic Attack 101 1

Panic Attack ends up in the pit

Panic Attack vs 101

Panic Attack lifts 101

101 also participated in The First World Championship, representing England. In its first round battle against the Welsh representatives, Panic Attack, it avoided the forks for a while, but were lifted up and turned over. Panic Attack slid underneath 101 again, lifting it up with the forks and dragged 101 to the pit, where a mistimed spin of the wheels cause Panic Attack to pivot themselves into the pit, allowing 101 to progress.

Weld-Dor 101 2

101 forces Weld-Dor over the flame pit

101's next opponents were Weld-Dor from Northern Ireland. The robots met head-on, where Weld-Dor were able to get their forks underneath 101 and lifted them up. 101 still had their tracks on the ground, so pushed back, leaving Weld-Dor teetering on the edge of the pit. 101 backed off, which allowed Weld-Dor to escape. 101 pushed Weld-Dor into the side of the arena, and eventually into Sergeant Bash. Weld-Dor drove away, and spun into 101, slotting a fork under the tracks of 101 and lifting it up. The fork was bent in the attack, and 101 were freed, surviving a hit from the axe before retreating. 101 pushed Weld-Dor far across the arena and over the flame pit. 101 kept slamming Weld-Dor into the arena wall as Cease was called. 101 were awarded victory by the judges.

Razer vs 101

Razer crushes 101

Razer 101 1

Razer hoists 101 up

101 met fellow English representee Razer in the Semi-Finals. 101 started trying to avoid Razer, but backed up into a CPZ, where Dead Metal rode up on top of 101. This trapped it there, allowing Razer to slip in and crush straight through the top of 101. Keeping 101 trapped with Dead Metal, Razer stayed in position, adjusted their crusher and attacked another part of 101, lifting the tracked robot in the air. 101 were released, but drove straight back up the wedge of Razer, allowing it to crush another part of 101. Razer crushed right into 101 and lifted it high into the air. 101 were released into the clutches of Sir Killalot, but it escaped into the wall grinders. Razer drove into 101, trapping it against the arena wall and crushing the top panel again. Razer paraded 101 around the arena before releasing them, as 101 ran away until cease was called, where the judges awarded the win to Razer.

Series 4Edit

Henry 2 Dominator 2 101

101 attacks Dominator 2 as it targets the immobile Henry 2

101 was granted the number 9 seed for Series 4, and faced Henry 2 and Dominator 2 in the first round. However, 101 did not have a chance to play an active role in the defeat of Henry 2, as Dominator 2 axed Henry 2, and immediately immobilised it. 101 attacked Dominator 2 as its axe was embedded in Henry 2, and then 101 pushed away at Dominator 2 as the House Robots attacked the immobile Henry 2. 101 avoided Dominator 2, and with some help from Shunt, pushed Henry 2 into the pit.

101 vs major tom

101 pushing Major Tom into Matilda

Major Tom were 101's next opponents. 101 got around the side of Major Tom, but were unable to push it. Major Tom turned, and 101 rode up the flipper of Major Tom, driving on the top of Major Tom. 101 pushed Major Tom into the arena wall where Refbot was presiding, and as the house robot drove away, Major Tom was freed, but immobile. Matilda pushed Major Tom as 101 attacked. Major Tom was further damaged by the House Robots as 101 progressed to their second successive Heat Final.

Dominator 2 101

Dominator 2 axes 101

101 faced Dominator 2 again in the heat final. 101 managed to get around the side of Dominator 2, but to little avail as their opponents backed away. Dominator fired the axe, striking and puncturing the top of 101. Dominator 2 held the weapon in place, dragging or being dragged by 101 across the arena. 101 drove in and rode up Dominator 2's wedge, pushing them towards Matilda's CPZ. 101 stayed near Dominator 2, but managed to avoid the axe as Dominator 2 mistimed a few attacks. Dominator 2 finally managed to land a blow, pushing 101 directly into Matilda. 101 escaped, but were soon hit by the axe again. 101 pushed Dominator 2 from the front, but only succeeded in being hit by the axe again and pushed back into Dead Metal. 101 drove at Dominator 2, riding up the side and tipping over upside-down. 101 kept pushing Dominator 2 from the side to avoid the axe, but 101 fell off and drove into an arena spike, where it was impaled. Dead Metal freed 101, and it tried to attack Dominator 2 again, but were trapped in by Shunt, who punctured 101 with his axe. Cease was called, and the judges awarded victory to Dominator 2, eliminating 101.

"Dominator then dominated the fight against 101, whose lack of weaponry proved telling."
Jonathan Pearce reflects on 101's defeat during the Grand Final series recap
X-Terminator vs 101

101 ramming X-Terminator in the Tag Team Terror.

101 later returned for the Tag Team Terror, pairing up with former rivals King B3 and sporting a new paint design. In the first round, the two robots fought X-Terminator 2 and Invertabrat. 101 were second to fight in their team, and first faced X-Terminator 2, who landed a few axe blows on 101 as it was chasing the retreating Inverterbrat. 101 survived the hits and pushed X-Terminator into Refbot. 101 were tagged out, but went on the attack on Inverterbrat, shoving it into the wall. Dead Metal grabbed 101, but they escaped, pushing X-Terminator 2 into their team mate, where Inverterbrat stopped moving. 101 pushed X-Terminator 2 around the arena alternating with King B3, eventually winning the judges decision.

Firestorm king b3 101

101 pressurises King B3 and an immobilised Firestorm 2

"A united team!"
Julia Reed optimistically describes the two rivals who have sorted out their differences

This put 101 and King B3 into the final against Firestorm 2 and Scorpion. 101 were second to fight again. King B3 roughed up Scorpion, who were pushed around by 101 when they were tagged in. A limping Firestorm 2 were rapped by 101, but both it and Scorpion were out. However, rather than celebrating, 101 and King B3 turned on each other, pushing back on their team mates. King B3 finished off Scorpion, and the two team mates tried to attack each other, but were held apart by the House Robots. 101 and King B3 became the first Tag Team Terror champions.

101Pinball

101 knocks down barrels in its Pinball Warrior run.

"You are team members! Come together? Friends? You're having a laugh! You're still enemies, I'm sure......I repeat! You are supposed to be teammates, 101 and King B3"
— Jonathan Pearce, as the winning tag team reprise their rivalry

101 also competed in the Pinball Warrior Tournament, finishing ninth with a score of 125 points after knocking down one set of barrels, pressing the multi-ball release and hitting Dead Metal's 75-point target.

Extreme 1Edit

101 vs Mega Morg

101 stabs the wedge of Mega Morg

Diotoir flips 101

101 is flipped by Diotoir

101 returned in Extreme 1 to defend its Tag Team Terror title alongside the renamed King B Powerworks. The first battle was against Diotoir and Mega Morg. 101 were first out against Mega Morg. The two locked together and 101 tried to attack with the spike. After doing not much, 101 retreated and tagged King B Powerworks. King B3 caused a little bit of damage to their opponents while 101 sat back, but were eventually tagged in, and 101 were locked between Diotoir and Mega Morg. 101 pushed Mega Morg away, but were left defenseless as Diotoir came in and flipped 101, who were reduced to movement on one track only. King B Powerworks had malfunctioned across the arena and were left spinning wildly on the spot. The judges awarded the victory to Diotoir and Mega Morg, eliminating the reigning champions in the first round.

Ian Franklin: "If he [Simon Harrison] could have kept going we could have won, but it's his fault that we lost."
Craig Charles: "Blame him, go and argue in the pits"
Simon Harrison: "I didn't see yours going around fast"
— The two teams argue over who's fault the loss was.
"They break down, that's their tactics"
— Grant Hornsby throws down the gauntlet to Team 101
101 vs King B Powerworks

101 slips under King B Powerworks

The former teammates rekindled their rivalry in a subsequent Vengeance battle, with both sides blaming each other for their Tag Team loss. After battering each other at the start, King B Powerworks hit 101 on the side with their spiked prongs. King B turned and struck 101 with the disc too. 101 turned and King B Powerworks rode over the top of 101 twice in quick succession. 101 slid underneath King B Powerworks and pushed it back into the wall. King B were pushed over the flame pit, and then across the arena into a CPZ. After being attacked by Shunt and Sergeant Bash, King B Powerworks malfunctioned again and started spinning around. 101 tried to attack, but King B were out of control, and were eventually pinned into the arena wall, before Sergeant Bash twirled King B Powerworks into the pit. After the battle, the King B Powerworks team accepted that 101 was the "superior robot".

101 was also due to compete in a Mayhem qualifier for one of the two Annihilators, but it withdrew before the competition began, due to unknown reasons.

Series 5Edit

101Fluffy

Fluffy tears into 101

101Track

101's track lies shredded on the arena floor

101 returned as the 23rd seed for Series 5. They started against newcomers Fluffy. 101 were first in on the attack, but Fluffy's weapon was getting up to speed. When they made contact, Fluffy broke 101's right track. A second hit ripped the track clean off. Fluffy took a chunk out of the side of 101, before causing more damage to the already battered front right corner. Trapped on the side wall, only able to move in a small arc, 101 were defenseless as Fluffy made charge after charge in on 101, causing even more damage. Still surviving to the end, 101 were eventually eliminated on a judges decision.

ResultsEdit

101 - RESULTS
Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 2
Heat J, Round 1 vs. Overkill Won
Heat J, Round 2 vs. Centurion Won
Heat J, Final vs. King Buxton Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Scutter's Revenge Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 2 vs. Hypno-Disc Lost
The First World Championship
Representing England, Semi-Finalist
Eliminator vs. Panic Attack (WAL) Won
Quarter Final vs. Weld-Dor (NIR) Won
Semi-Final vs. Razer (ENG) Lost
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
9th Seed, Heat Final
Heat E, Eliminator vs. Dominator 2, Henry 2 Qualified
Heat E, Semi-Final vs. Major Tom Won
Heat E, Final vs. Dominator 2 Lost
Pinball Warrior Tournament
Ninth
Pinball 125pts 9th
Tag Team Terror
Competing with King B3, Champion
Round 1 vs. X-Terminator 2 & Invertabrat Won
Final vs. Firestorm 2 & Scorpion Won
Extreme Series 1
Tag Team Terror
Competing with King B Powerworks, Round 1
Round 1 vs. Mega Morg & Diotoir Lost
Other Battles
Vengance
Vengance vs. King B Powerworks Won
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
23rd Seed, Heat, Round 1
Heat L, Eliminator vs. Fluffy Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 11
  • Losses: 5

Series RecordEdit

Main Series 101 Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Entered with Robo Doc
The Third Wars Semi-Final, Round 2
The Fourth Wars Heat Final
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Sixth Wars Entered with Anarchy
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Tag Team Terror, Vengeance
Series 2 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Transpower

101 as Transpower at Techno Games with the side panels it used in the Tag Team Terror

A largely unchanged 101, named Transpower also competed in Techno Games, in the Assault Course. It won its heat against Mighty Mouse, but was disqualified in the quarter-finals after impeding the progress of Bugs Buggy.

Appearances in MerchandiseEdit

TriviaEdit

  • According to the official guide for Robot Wars Extreme, 101 had a desire to fight against fellow-tracked robot Suicidal Tendencies, although ultimately they would never do so.
  • Despite taking track damage and fighting powerful opponents such as Hypno-Disc, Razer, Dominator 2 and Fluffy, none of 101's five losses were by knockout, holding onto a judges' decision each time.
  • 101 was the first robot to reach the semi-finals by winning a grudge match with a former semi-finalist who in the past had reached the semi-finals by defeating that robot in the heats. Raging Knightmare and later repeated the pattern while Ironside3 also did the same, but reaching the grand final.
  • Along with Krab-Bot, Razer, Tornado, Storm 2, Behemoth, and Manta, 101 is one of only seven robots to finish in the top four of a World Championship and the top eight of a domestic championship.
  • 101 was the first robot Hypno-Disc fought that did not have a flipping or lifting weapon of some kind.
  • When 101 fought in Series 4 it was seeded 9th and finished in the Pinball tournament in 9th place.
  • The battles between King Buxton and Robo Doc/101 marked the first instance of two teams reaching a semi-final in different series by defeating the other. This pattern would be repeated by Team Scutterbots and Team Knightmare in Series 4 and 7, and Pulsar and Ironside3 in Series 8 and 9.

HonoursEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/838212.stm

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