"This is a flipper but because it's called Apollo we're calling it a launcher."
— The team describe their weapon

Apollo was a heavyweight robot that competed in Series 8-9 of Robot Wars. It reached the final of Series 8 after defeating both Storm 2 and PP3D (semi-successor to Series 7 champion, Typhoon 2) in its heat, and went on to become UK Champion by defeating Carbide in the Grand Final. This made Apollo the first UK Champion since Panic Attack to win the series in which it debuted. Apollo also entered Series 9 and reached the heat final, before being eliminated in a grudge match with Carbide, but was selected as a wild card for the final and was eliminated by Aftershock.

Apollo was known for its powerful flipper, being one of only two robots to flip robots out of the new arena (doing so to Storm 2 and Coyote in Series 8 and 9 respectively) and also flipping Shunt, Matilda and Dead Metal (only the second robot in history to do so) during Series 8.

Apollo was built by Team MAD, consisting of Dave Young, Marc Dermott, and originally Ben Bacon. Team MAD had previous experience on Robot Wars with various featherweight and antweight robots.



Apollo's flipper mechanism


Apollo in Series 8


The chassis of Apollo

Apollo was a white, black and chequered wedge-shaped robot with a powerful flipper, running at 1000psi. The robot's name and aesthetics were derived from NASA's Apollo space program and the spacecraft used for these missions. This also inspired the name of the robot's weapon - Team MAD refer to their flipper as a 'launcher', referring to the idea of a space launch while also remaining consistent with the US name of flippers. The robot's structural design was modelled after Chronic, a BattleBots entry built by Alan Young, although the two robots are completely separate builds.

Team MAD S9

Apollo with Team MAD

Apollo's flipper was capable of throwing a 100kg heavyweight six feet into the air, and would cause the robot to somersault when self-righting. For this reason, the flipper also has a half-power option, for ease of use as a srimech. Apollo's ground clearance is the width of a pound coin (around 3mm).

In Series 9, Apollo gained a new 100mm bore ram producing five tonnes of force, and new VEX robotics controllers, but was otherwise relatively unchanged, even bearing some of its battle scars from the previous series.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Apollo in orbit

Apollo is thrown by the floor flipper

Apollo appeared in Episode 4, where in the first round, it was drawn against Kan-Opener, PP3D, and Sweeney Todd. After Kan-Opener pressed the pit release, the four competitors hovered around the floor flipper, which then fired and launched Apollo into the air, and landing on its back, after self-righting.

PP3D vs Apollo vs Kan-Opener vs Sweeney Todd

Apollo loses a wheel to PP3D

"Apollo's in orbit!"
Jonathan Pearce
Apollo flips kan opener

Apollo's knockout flip on Kan-Opener

Apollo flips sweeney todd

Launching Sweeney Todd

Apollo went and flipped Kan-Opener, which also had PP3D within its claws. However, PP3D got underneath and removed the back left tyre of Apollo, leaving Apollo only capable of driving in a circular motion. Apollo still managed to slip underneath Kan-Opener and launch it, which removed the yellow robot's safety link, immobilising it. After some minor collisions, Apollo flipped PP3D against the arena wall. It then went on to flip the already immobilised Sweeney Todd repeatedly, launching the middleweight across the arena. Despite Apollo's inactive wheel, it progressed alongside PP3D.

Apollo vs pp3d

Apollo flips the safety link out of PP3D

In its first head-to-head, Apollo was drawn against PP3D once again. This time, Apollo kept its front towards the spinner robot at all times, to prevent another tyre being torn off. After a few collisions which did no damage, Apollo got a flip in on PP3D, and this caused PP3D to lose a wheel. PP3D was yet to be rendered immobile, and spun its spinner up to full speed, but Apollo showed no fear, and flipped PP3D across the arena. This knocked out PP3D's removable link, and Apollo was given three points for the knockout win.

Storm2 floor flipper

Apollo manoeuvres Storm 2 onto the floor flipper

Apollo flips dead metal

Apollo flips Dead Metal

Apollo flips matilda

Apollo flips a second House Robot

Apollo Near Pit

Apollo narrowly avoids the pit

In its second head-to-head, it faced the highly successful Storm 2. Both started by colliding into each other, but Storm 2's low ground clearance meant that Apollo would merely ride up the wedge. Apollo found an opportunity to flip Storm 2 from one of its corners, meaning it could push Storm 2 around. Apollo pushed Storm 2 on to the floor flipper, which flipped Storm 2, but didn't right it. At this point, Apollo lost one of its chains, but was still able to drive to a reasonable extent. Apollo took time away from its opponent to stray into Dead Metal's CPZ, and became the first robot to flip a House Robot in Series 8.

"Apollo drives into the CPZ - ah, ha ha! How dare you!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Dead Metal is flipped
When pushed into Matilda's CPZ by Storm 2, Apollo repeated the same trick, first ripping armour away from the rear of Matilda with a missed flip, and then overturning her.
"Houston, we have a problem with Apollo!"
— Pearce, spotting Apollo's drive problems

Eventually, the pit was lowered and Storm 2 nearly pushed its opponent into the pit, but Apollo managed to survive. The judges gave their unanimous decision in favour of Apollo, scoring it 2 points.

Apollo vs eruption 1

Apollo is launched by Eruption

Eruption pirouette

Apollo retaliates

With enough points to guarantee a place in the Heat Final, Apollo competed against fellow newcomer Eruption, which had failed to score enough points to go through by this stage. Apollo got under Eruption and managed to flip Eruption on to the flame pit. After a tussle, Eruption flipped Apollo, and over-flipping in the process, however they both self-righted.

"And Apollo, dancing around. The famous Bluecoats, dancers and prancers and... a tumble in the rumble of Robot Wars!"
— Pearce watches on as Eruption and Apollo flip each other
Apollo flipped Eruption, and Apollo over-flipped, and caused Eruption did a pirouette on the blades of its flipper. Eruption flipped Apollo, leaving the white flipper stuck open. Apollo was classed as immobilised, when it failed to self-right quickly enough, despite Apollo self-righting and driving the arena shortly after being counted out. Apollo had scored 0 points, but because it was already on 5, it was through to the Heat Final.
Apollo flips shunt

Apollo's next House Robot victim

Storm2 trenched

Apollo flips Storm 2 into the trench

At this stage Apollo was drawn against Storm 2 again. Apollo was again struggling to breach Storm 2's ground clearance, and was pushed into Shunt's CPZ. Unfazed, Apollo overturned a House Robot for the third time. Storm 2 pressed the pit release, and Storm 2 started chasing Apollo around. Turning the tides, Apollo got a flip in on Storm 2, and then another. Matilda came in and chased Storm 2 and Apollo out of the CPZ, and then righted Shunt. Storm 2 then drove on to the flipper of Apollo, and was flipped up against the arena side wall. Apollo followed this up with a second flip, throwing the Robot Wars World Champion out of the arena completely, and Apollo qualified for the Grand Final.

In the Group Battle of its Grand Final, Apollo faced Carbide and Shockwave. Team Carbide addressed Apollo as the bigger threat of the two robots. Hoping that Carbide would attack Shockwave, Team MAD set their sights on Sir Killalot instead.

"Start of the competition, we said we had money on them to win it!"
— Dave Moulds on Apollo
Apollo vs shockwave vs carbide

Apollo launches Carbide before cease was called

Apollo's role in the battle was extremely passive, as before Apollo could even make contact with Carbide or Shockwave, Carbide had destroyed part of the arena wall, causing the battle to be halted for safety reasons. Apollo launched Carbide into the air when it drove onto Apollo's wedge, but cease was called after 32 seconds of action, and Shockwave withdrew from the competition due to the damage they had sustained, putting Apollo through to the next round.

Angela Scanlon: "That's not the way you wanted to get through to the head-to-heads!"
Dave Young: "No, it would've been nice to have won the fight by flipping somebody out or flipping a House Robot in the meantime, but it's a win!"
— Team MAD on their passive victory
Apollo vs tr2

Apollo launches TR2

Apollo vs tr2 near oota

Apollo almost flips a second robot into the trench

Apollo flips tr2 again

Apollo persists in its efforts

Apollo vs tr2 2

Apollo thrusts TR2 aside

Apollo's first battle in the head-to-heads was against TR2. Apollo's ground clearance proved to be lower than TR2's newly welded wedge, and it threw the flipper into the air. Apollo threw it again, and then flipped TR2 right onto the trench wall, barely failing to flip it out. Apollo's next flip caused TR2 to land on Dead Metal's saw, although TR2 flipped Apollo in response. Apollo lifted Dead Metal once again, not quite flipping it, and was overturned by TR2 for its efforts. Apollo flipped TR2 twice, and self-righted when overturned by TR2. After some final tentative flips, Apollo flipped TR2 onto its back, from which it could not self-right. Apollo won the battle by KO, and earned three points, although the team were unhappy to learn that they would face Carbide next.

Carbide immobilises apollo

Apollo's safety link is knocked out

Carbide vs apollo head to head

Apollo sustains extra damage while immobile

In accordance with the team's battle plan, Apollo charged straight for Carbide in an effort to stop the spinning bar. This quickly backfired, as Carbide's second hit knocked the removable link out of Apollo, immobilising it. Apollo sustained some extra attacks from the celebratory Carbide, damaging the vulnerable back end. Cease was called, and Apollo had lost the battle.

"Cheap Shot!"
— Dave Young to Team Carbide
Apollo vs thor 1

Apollo flips Thor

Thor immobilised against apollo

Apollo watches on, victorious

Apollo needed to defeat Thor in order to qualify for the final battle. A cartoon plaster covered up some of the damage caused by Carbide. Part of the battle was won without Apollo's input, when Thor was overturned by driving over the floor flipper. Apollo launched the inverted Thor, and vital components fell out of it. Apollo kept its distance, and earned three points, enough to put it into the final battle with Carbide.

"It's more than just the Grand Final, this is our revenge match-up now!"
— Ben Bacon
Apollo vs carbide GF 2

Apollo faces Carbide once again

Apollo vs carbide GF 1

Apollo takes damage from Carbide

Apollo drove into Carbide, surviving the initial impact, and pushed it into Sir Killalot. Apollo threw Carbide into the plexiglass, but suffered damage in retaliation, losing pieces of armour but managing to flip again. Apollo threw the deadly spinner five times in succession, stopping Carbide's bar from turning, but after another flip, Apollo's own weapon stopped working, jamming open. The flipper stuck open, Apollo drove into Shunt to have its weapon smashed back into place.

"Even though we had thrown him over earlier, we decided to drive into the Corner Patrol Zone purposely and take a hit from the powerful axe of Shunt. Success! The hits from Shunt knocked the flipper back down and we were back in action."
— Dave Young
Apollo vs carbide GF 4

Apollo swallows Carbide

Two exhausted machines

Both machines spin in circles

Apollo managed to flip Carbide again, but its flipper remained open again. Apollo fled, and the two robots drove against one another, incapable of causing damage, with Apollo only lightly lifting its opponent. Apollo trapped Carbide underneath its flipper while driving it into the axe of Shunt. Cease was called, and the final was sent to the Judges.

2016 champions team and robot

The battered, but victorious, Apollo

"Before we knew it, cease was called. We thought we might have edged the result and we jumped up and down in the box — more relief than anything else. Waiting for the Judges' decision, I stood there and looked at a very sorry-looking Apollo. Maybe we had taken more damage than we had initially thought, and maybe this would change things."
— Dave Young

The unanimous Judges' decision was awarded in favour of Apollo, making it the Robot Wars champion, and the team were presented with their trophy.

"Dara handed us the trophy and we couldn’t have been happier! Out of 40 robots, a team of three Bluecoats that no one took seriously in the pits at first had won Robot Wars."
— Dave Young

Series 9Edit

"The reigning champions can now fire with five tonnes of force. They've got one last House Robot left to flip, and they also have a title to defend!"
— Dara Ó Briain

Apollo competed in Episode 5, where the reigning champion fought a trio of newcomers - Coyote, Ms Nightshade and Rusty. Before even reaching the second round, Team MAD were already mocking Carbide, which was also in the same episode. Much like Robo Savage's team, Team MAD performed 'the dab' in their hero shot.

"We've got a few scars from 'can't abide' - err sorry, Carbide, I get that mixed up."
— Marc Dermott
Rusty vs Apollo

Apollo causes external damage to Rusty

Apollo vs Ms Nightshade

Apollo launches Ms Nightshade

When the battle started, Apollo quickly chose Rusty as its target, and threw it forwards, dislodging the fellow flipper's scoop. The second flip from Apollo caused major damage, removing the back panel from Rusty. Apollo next threw Ms Nightshade into the air, causing the floral robot to 'bloom', while Marc Dermott celebrated, as Ms Nightshade had already lost mobility.

"Look at the celebrations already for Apollo, and why not? They're in underneath the ground clearance of Rusty, the big flip, the most powerful flipper in the UK, they say!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Apollo vs rusty

The reigning champion dominates the arena

Eager to attack every robot in the group battle, Apollo pursued Coyote, and lifted it, not managing to properly breach its ground clearance, but breaking its chainsaw tail. Rusty had beached itself on its back, so Apollo pressed the Arena Tyre, triggering Rogue House Robot. While Dead Metal roamed free, Apollo threw Coyote over, and then tossed the immmobile Rusty towards the arena wall. Already victorious, Apollo still dominated, flipping Coyote and the revived Rusty once again. 'Cease' was called, confirming Apollo's qualification alongside Coyote.

Dara Ó Briain: "That was a fairly awesome display, you happy with the form you're in?"
Dave Young: "Yep, it's great to actually finish a fight with both wheels working, we didn't have that much luck last year with that, so it's good to be back."
Dara Ó Briain: "Tempted to have a little kind of leisure time go at the House Robot, were you?"
Dave Young: "No, we've already had Dead Metal anyway, so..."
Marc Dermott: "Been there, done that!"
— Post-battle interview

Team MAD revealed after the battle that Apollo was running at only half-power due to the cold weather, which prompted Marc Dermott to mock his teammate for wearing less layers of clothing. The elation and jokes did not last, as Apollo's next battle was a rematch of its Grand Final from the previous championship, fighting the highly improved Carbide. Dave Young was nervous about the match, while Marc Dermott displayed more confidence. Notably, Sir Killalot would be in the arena for this fight, and Marc Dermott performed 'the robot' dance move before the match began.

Marc Dermott: "I'm feeling confident, and Dave isn't, so that's quite a good average, I think!"
Dave Young: "It is, I'm not unconfident, I'm just a bit nervous about it really because we know what Carbide's capable of. We've just gotta literally drive straight into him right at the start of the fight, try and stop the spinning disc from getting up to full speed, and just do that for the whole fight."
— Team MAD talk tactics
Carbide vs apollo s9 h2h 1

Apollo's flip misses

Carbide vs apollo s9 h2h 2

A panel is ripped from Apollo's flipper

Apollo stayed true to its tactics and charged Carbide, but only gained a slight purchase. Apollo tried to flip Carbide, but it only lifted Carbide up slightly and Apollo threw itself all the way over. It self-righted quite quickly, but even this small window gave Carbide the opportunity to land blows on the side of Apollo. The defending champion slid under Carbide, but did not flip it, and a panel was torn from its launcher, leaving the bungee cords exposed. After nudging the Arena Tyre, successive blows from Carbide severed the exposed bungee cords and immobilised Apollo. Team Carbide showed no mercy, and continued to attack its vulnerable rival.

"Come on, leave us alone, stop it! He's going for the wheels..."
— Dave Young
Carbide vs apollo s9 h2h 3

Apollo sustains unnecessary damage

Killalot holds apollo over the flame pit

Sir Killalot roasts Apollo over the fire

Apollo's wheels were in peril as Carbide drew near, until the countdown timer completed. Just before the end of the timer, Apollo surged back into life and drove away, although this was not controlled movement that Team MAD had commanded, and the robot had already been immobile for ten seconds, so Carbide was awarded the victory. Regardless, the moving Apollo was hit again by Carbide,which threw the flipper open and threw Apollo onto its back. Sir Killalot picked up the beaten Apollo by its flipper, and held it over the flame pit.

Marc Dermott: "We messed up our flip, got ourselves caught upside down, they came in with a really big hit, stopped our drive. I think it is a 50/50 between us, they got the better end of it."
Dave Young: "And then Dave [Moulds] again goes for his little tactics while we're dead and tries to take our wheels! Same as he did last year!"
Marc Dermott: "Sly, sly."
— Team MAD criticise Carbide's attacks

Apollo was significantly damaged, and had a large repair job to complete within the two-hour window. The launcher was bent sideways, and would not close back into the wedge. This was only just fixed in time for Apollo's second head-to-head, this time against Coyote.

Marc Dermott: "The flipper won't actually fall back into place, and even the top part of the flipper has a bend on it as well, so with it being kinked, it won't fit flush into Apollo. ...So basically, it's stuffed, at the moment! Dave's on the job - Dave, you OK mate?"
Dave Young: "Yeah, getting there!"
Marc Dermott: "I don't believe him"
— Marc Dermott's confidence in his teammate
Apollo vs coyote

Apollo launches Coyote

Apollo drove straight towards Coyote, and easily threw it into the air, directly towards Sir Killalot. Coyote had edged its way to the arena wall, so Apollo tried to throw it out, only failing because Coyote's jaws caught on the wall, although this broke Coyote's weapon. Apollo threw Coyote over, and pinned it near Sir Killalot, before attempting to flip Sir Killalot itself, although it lacked the necessary purchase to get underneath and flip.

"Killalot does not like us!"
— Marc Dermott
Apollo vs coyote oota

Apollo throws Coyote out of the arena

Apollo attempts to flip killalot

Apollo tries to flip Sir Killalot

Apollo flipped Coyote onto its side, which would have immobilised Coyote, but regardless Apollo followed up and threw it out of the arena. 'Cease' was called, but Apollo had unfinished business, and challenged Sir Killalot. However, its buckled flipper could not allow Apollo to fire a decent flip, and the humbled Apollo fled from the pursuing Sir Killalot and Dead Metal.

Angela Scanlon: "This was the old Apollo! And I mean, Apollo looks a bit damaged, there's gaffer-tape holding it together..."
Marc Dermott: "The arm on the flipper, because it is a bit off, I think that is affecting it flipping higher"
Angela Scanlon: "And do you think that you can get that sorted before the next battle? ...No, he face says no, his face is like 'absolutely not, we're as good as we're gonna be'!"
— The damaged Apollo still emerges victorious

After using their two-hour repair window to try and straighten Apollo's flipper, Team MAD's final head-to-head match was against the clusterbot Crackers 'n' Smash. Team Conker feared Apollo, but felt they had a chance, having analysed the damage the reigning champion had sustained.

Marc Dermott: "It's one of those where they may feel that they're the underdogs, but we've gone through a lot of work on our robot. There are two of them, they're quite low to the ground, they can probably get under us as well so we're not that confident, to be honest with you!"
Angela Scanlon: "As reigning champions, is there added pressure?"
Dave Young: "Yes, massively. And we're a big target for everybody. Everybody wants to have a go at Apollo."
— A relatively reserved Team MAD before their last second round match
Apollo vs Crackers

Apollo throws Crackers into Dead Metal

Apollo vs Smash

Apollo catapults Smash across the arena

Team MAD's fears about the low ground clearance of Crackers 'n' Smash proved accurate, as Apollo drove straight onto the wedge of Crackers. It freed itself by firing its flipper, but could not breach the ground clearance of Smash either. Apollo struggled to make any notable move for an extended period of time until it finally launched Crackers into the saw of Dead Metal, also turning it over. Smash had been flipped off-screen, so Apollo lunged it through the air, so both halves of the clusterbot were inverted when Apollo activated Rogue House Robot. While Dead Metal sawed into Smash, Apollo and Sir Killalot pensively chased one another. Time was depleting, so Apollo threw the still-inverted Crackers straight into the plexiglass wall, and 'cease' was called. The Judges unanimously voted in favour of Apollo, awarding it the two points it needed to qualify for the Heat Final.

"The bluecoats are making a song and dance out of making it into the Heat Final again"
— Jonathan Pearce
Carbide vs Apollo HF1

Apollo's early attack

Carbide vs Apollo HF3

The knockout attacks on Apollo

There, it faced Carbide for the fifth time. Apollo's previous tactics still stood, as it ran straight into the spinning bar, but suffered repeated glancing blows until a panel was torn from its top. A strong lunge from Apollo was able to off-set the balance of Carbide, but once the spinner recovered, Apollo sustained more damage. Apollo was turned away by a strong hit from Carbide, and the following hits from the bar were strong enough to consistently push Apollo's wedge away. As time progressed, a strong blow to the side of Apollo limited its ability, and Carbide's finishing blow was an extended grinding attack onto the launcher.

"Argh, we didn't get any flips then at all!"
— Marc Dermott
Carbide vs Apollo HF4

Sir Killalot earns revenge for the House Robots

Apollo was counted out, having lost the battle, although this did not stop the House Robots from exacting their revenge. Sir Killalot picked up Apollo by its flipper and dropped it when Apollo fired its weapon, then Sir Killalot pushed it over to break the launcher out of alignment. Apollo was burnt over the fire, allowing the bungee cords to spill out slightly and was gripped by Sir Killalot. Apollo had once again lost to its rival Carbide, although it remained in contention for the wildcard position in the Grand Final, provided the robot could be repaired.

Carbide vs Apollo HF5

Team MAD do not lift the trophy over Carbide this time

Dara Ó Briain: "It feels like only yesterday that we were in this very same spot presenting you with a trophy for winning the first series, you're not getting past this episode! What happened out there?"
Marc Dermott: "I mean we've got to the end of this episode so... and fighting Carbide again in a final is just epic and we just didn't get the flipper working"
Dara Ó Briain: "I mean you took the blows, and you were underneath him a few times and we were waiting for the button to be pressed... and nothing happened."
Dave Young: "I dunno, the flipper just didn't want to know. We tested it as we put it into the arena, worked absolutely fine, and it just got a bit of stage-fright once it went out into the arena"
— Team MAD admit defeat to Carbide
Apollo wildcard

Team MAD receive the wildcard

Before the start of the Grand Final, Team MAD were called to the arena to join Team Legion, Team Cherub, Jason Marston and Team Ranglebots to see who the Judges had awarded the wildcard to. The Judges decided that the reigning champion deserved to be reinstated for a second chance at victory, and Apollo qualified for the Grand Final, where it would face Aftershock and Eruption.

Angela Scanlon: "Are we able to go again?"
Marc Dermott: "Well yeah, I mean we might look like a paper robot at the moment because there's been a lot of welding, and it could just explode again!"
Angela Scanlon: "Can you make it two in a row?"
Marc Dermott: "Yes we can!"
— New confidence from the defending champion
Apollo vs Aftershock

Apollo throws Aftershock over

Aftershock vs Apollo vs Eruption + floorboards

Apollo is attacked from behind while stuck

Apollo cruised around the arena in the opening seconds, avoiding its opponents until it came face-to-face with Aftershock. It managed to slip under the wedge of the vertical spinner and throw it over, and onto Eruption, also throwing itself over. However, this flip also damaged the arena floor upon Aftershock's landing, and after Apollo tackled Aftershock again, it drove under the damaged arena floor, where it became stuck. Unable to defend itself, Aftershock tore into the exposed rear of Apollo and threw it up, before 'cease' was called to make repairs to the floor.

"That's not fair, I'm stuck in the floor!"
— Dave Young on Aftershock's sneak attack
Aftershock vs Apollo

Apollo's reign comes to an end

The teams agreed to restart the battle from a neutral position, without fixing any of the damage their robots sustained. Apollo could drive freely, but it did so without purpose, and Aftershock slammed into Apollo side-on, throwing it into the Arena Tyre and twisting its chassis. As the pit descended, gas vented from Apollo, and it became clear that the reigning champion had been immobilised by a spinner once again. Left alone, Apollo was counted out, and it was finally eliminated from the series, opening the gates for a new Robot Wars champion.

Dara Ó Briain: "Will we see [Apollo] again, I wonder?"
Dave Young: "Not in that exact formation, it will get changed. The spinners that are coming in are absolutely incredible, so we need to make sure we can take those impacts."
— Team MAD bow out of Robot Wars


Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Episode 4, Group Battle vs. Kan-Opener, PP3D, Sweeney Todd Qualified
Episode 4, Head-to-Heads vs. PP3D Won via KO (3 points)
Episode 4, Head-to-Heads vs. Storm 2 Won via Judges' decision (2 points)
Episode 4, Head-to-Heads vs. Eruption Lost (0 points)
Episode 4, Heat Final vs. Storm 2 Won
Grand Final, Group Battle vs. Carbide, Shockwave Qualified
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. TR2 Won via KO (3 points)
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Carbide Lost (0 points)
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Thor Won via KO (3 points)
Grand Final vs. Carbide Won
Series 9 - UK Championship
Heat Final
Episode 5, Group Battle vs. Coyote, Ms Nightshade, Rusty Qualified
Episode 5, Head-to-Heads vs. Carbide Lost (0 points)
Episode 5, Head-to-Heads vs. Coyote Won via KO (3 points)
Episode 5, Head-to-Heads vs. Crackers 'n' Smash Won via Judges' decision (2 points)
Episode 5, Heat Final vs. Carbide Lost
NOTE: Apollo was awarded the wildcard, allowing it to progress to the Grand Final
Grand Final, Group Battle vs. Aftershock, Eruption Eliminated


  • Wins: 11
  • Losses: 5

Series RecordEdit

  • Apollo with Team MAD in Series 8
  • Team MAD enter the arena in Series 8
  • Apollo in the pits in Series 8
  • LaunchPad, the antweight Apollo made by Team Panoramic.
Main Series Apollo 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 Featherweight Championship with Alpha and G2
Withdrew before qualifiers with Merlin
Series 8 Grand Champion
Entered Pilot with Merlin and Monte
Series 9 Grand Final, Round 1
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Gladiator, Flybot, Chroma and Hades

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Apollo and Chronic

Comparison of Apollo and its predecessor, Kronic

Apollo's history is embedded within Robot Wars competitor Kronic the Wedgehog. After Kronic competed in Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars, it was rebuilt by Team Kronic as Kronic 3, with a considerably improved flipper. It enjoyed much success, winning the Roaming Robots Winter Tour in 2005. In May 2010, Kronic 3 was sold to Team BlazerBotics, who earned the robot much success, having become the Annihilator Champion in 2010 and 2011. The team's ABC BattleBots Season 1 entry, Chronic, was based on Kronic 3, and in turn, Apollo was based on Chronic.

Following on from Apollo's Robot Wars victory, Team MAD appeared on CBBC's Newsround with the robot, promoting robotics and celebrating their success.

In October 2016, Apollo made its first Robots Live! appearance at their Stevenage event. It took part in and won four whiteboard battles, including one against BattleBots competitor Photon Storm and another where it threw Behemoth and The Saint out of the arena in the same fight. Apollo would subsequently appear at the Robots Live! Cannock event later the same month, at one point throwing Chimera eight feet into the air and over the heightened arena wall.

Following the damage that Apollo received from Carbide and Aftershock in Series 9, a brand-new version of the robot was built after the series had concluded filming. The new version features upgrades to its armour, flipper and drive system, making the flipper a ⅓ more powerful than before and increasing its power and top speed to 22hp and 20mph respectively.[1] It made its debut at the Burgess Hill event run by Robots Live! in April 2017. After throwing Bigger Brother out of the arena and defeating Behemoth, Apollo then proceeded to flip the tour's one-tonne House Robot, Goliath.


  • Apollo shared a much-publicised rivalry with Carbide during Series 9, with the Series 8 Grand Final rematch dominating the marketing for the show. Apollo and Carbide are one of four occurrences where two teams fought five times during the show's run, alongside Razer and Tornado, Firestorm and Panic Attack, and Ironside3 and Pulsar.
  • Apollo was the first competitor to flip a House Robot since their rebuilds, flipping over Dead Metal, Matilda and Shunt during its heat.
    • Apollo is one of two competitors to flip Matilda over while she wore her flywheel, the other being Tricerabot, and one of two to flip Dead Metal, the other being Gravity.
  • Apollo is the only Robot Wars champion to have lost at least one fight in the same main competition it won, and also the first champion to lose more fights than a competitor who did not win the championship (TR2).
    • Apollo is also the only Robot Wars champion so far to be eliminated during the heat of its title defence. However, it would later reach the Series 9 Grand Final through receiving the wildcard, the only defending champion of any domestic series to do so.
  • In February 2017, the official Apollo Twitter account stated that Apollo did not take part in Series 9 due to 'problems'. However, it was revealed shortly after that this was a prank, and that Apollo did take part.
  • Apollo's VT for Series 9 was filmed at Pontins, Prestatyn, where Marc Dermott performed a pantomime display, dressed as a horse, while Apollo approached him from behind.
  • According to the Team Apollo AMA, Apollo's original Bosch 750 drive motors came from Hypno-Disc and Tornado.[2]




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