- "A flipping great robot!"
- — Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide
Atomic was a competitor robot that competed in Series 4, 5 and 7 of Robot Wars, plus the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. It has a mixed run of success, only reaching the Heat Final in Series 4 and the second round in Series 5 after being beaten by Chaos 2 and Hypno-Disc respectively, but made a sensational run in Series 7 to reach the second round of the semi-finals.
Versions of AtomicEdit
The first version of Atomic was a large yellow trapezoid-shaped robot armed with a red pneumatic flipping scoop and with a top speed of 12 mph. It cost around £1000 and was originally made from scrap aluminium with polycarbonate side panels, with the flipper running on nitrogen rather than CO2. However, the side panels were removed from Atomic before it fought, presumably due to the machine being overweight.
Series 5/Extreme 1Edit
For Series 5 and Extreme 1, a new version of Atomic was built, featuring a much more compact and streamlined design and a variety of interchangeable flipper blades including a small plate, a spiked plate and a set of forks. It also featured a foot-long pneumatic spike at the rear which thrust at up to 1000PSI, and was officially known as Atomic 2 (written as Atomic II on the sides).
A substantially improved version of the Series 5 Atomic entered Series 7, reverting back to its original name but keeping the Atomic II logo on its sides. The rear spike did not see much action despite still being mentioned on Atomic's statistics board, while a large scoop-like blade was used for the flipper as well as a small plate used on one occasion. The scoop blade proved especially effective in helping Atomic flip other robots out of the arena, in conjunction with Atomic's manoeuverability and great turn of speed.
Atomic's first ever battle was at the Series 4 qualifiers, where it fought Reactor. Atomic won the battle, but Reactor still recieved a discretionary place. Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide claims that Atomic managed to flip Reactor out of the arena, but out of the arena flips were not allowed at the qualifiers.
Atomic 2 had to attend the Series 5 qualifiers, as only the top 16 seeds had been decided prior to the qualifiers. Atomic managed an impressive win against Tiger Shark, but lost to Short Circuit. Atomic 2 was given the 22nd seed.
For unknown reasons, Atomic failed to qualify for Series 6, but it did qualify for Series 7
Atomic barely made it through its first fight along with the reigning champions Chaos 2. Chaos 2 chased Atomic around, flipping them, but then turned on its other opponent Indefatigable, who couldn't self-right after being flipped, and was then out of the arena shortly before Chaos 2 immobilised and flipped over Atomic.
It had to face the number 17 seed King B3 in the second round. During the fight, its flipper broke off after it hit the side wall, but it managed to push King B3 into the spikes on the wall, where the 17th seed began smoking. King B3 was eventually pitted by Sir Killalot, and Atomic was put through to the Heat Final to fight against Chaos 2 again.
Atomic was first to attack, trying and failing to flip Chaos 2 over. Chaos 2 then came back on the attack and repeatedly flipped Atomic around, up and over and back onto its wheels a number of times before Atomic was immobilised up against the arena wall.
- "The top speed is 15 miles an hour. The current speed... about minus 10."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Chaos 2 desperately tried to flip Atomic out of the arena, but didn't have enough power left in the flipper. However Chaos 2 persisted in its attack and continued to flip the carcass around. Four flips from Chaos 2 later and Atomic found itself in Sir Killalot's CPZ where the house robot crumpled and crushed its rear armour. Atomic was then placed and thrown from the floor flipper before Chaos 2 came in once more to flip Atomic onto its side. Cease was called and Atomic was eliminated from the competition.
Atomic 2's only appearance in either series of Extreme was in a Mayhem of Extreme 1 to qualify for the second annihilator. Atomic was dominant in the battle, first throwing Mousetrap over, immediately proving that it could not self-right. Atomic threw Mousetrap over a few more times, and then flipped Fighting Torque. Atomic overturned Mousetrap once more and left it to be counted out, and then attacked it with its rear spike, the only time Atomic's spike has been seen in use. Atomic barged Fighting Torque into the arena wall and turned it over. Fighting Torque was counted out, while Atomic made an error of judgement, and went to flip Mousetrap, which was being thrown by the floor flipper at the time, causing Atomic to become involved. Atomic managed to overturn Fighting Torque one last time after it was righted by the floor flipper, and cease was called.
- "We're gonna cream them!"
- — David Bebb's confidence going into the Annihilator
Atomic 2 was unfortunately unable to compete in the Annihilator as it suffered large amounts of irreparable damage from Hypno-Disc in its Series 5 battle, which took place at about the same time. This same thing happened to Bulldog Breed 3 who also won its Mayhem but suffered too much damage from a battle with the Series 5 Grand Finalist.
Atomic 2 was the number 22 seed for the fifth wars. It eased through the heat eliminator against newcomers Kan-Opener after the clawed machine's srimech failed to work properly after being tossed around the arena. Then, for the first and only time in Robot Wars history, the two seeds were drawn against each other in round two. The third seed Hypno-Disc, a grand-finalist from the past two wars, was the opponent for Atomic 2.
In the beginning, the two machines circled each other while the silver spinning disc got up to speed. The first impact left a split down Atomic 2's side panel, but it was still fully mobile. Hypno-Disc caused another crevice across the other side panel immediately before Atomic 2 turned Hypno-Disc over. Atomic 2 was able to hold the third seeds down for a few seconds before Hypno-Disc self-righted. Hypno-Disc hit Atomic 2 again, buckling part of the flipper, before the next slam ripped the flipper off entirely. Atomic 2 went for the pit release button (a tactic that later helped Bigger Brother to an unlikely win over Hypno-Disc), but failed to push the destructive robot down. Hypno-Disc was able to get in a series of slams on Atomic 2 that ripped through most of the remaining armour, before Sir Killalot and Matilda helped to pit the tattered, yellow scrap that was left of Atomic 2.
Atomic returned in Series 7 with a much improved robot. In the first round battle against Terror Turtle, Cygnus X-1 and the 13th seeds S.M.I.D.S.Y., Atomic dominated, flipping Terror Turtle clean out of the arena almost immediately, before flipping Cygnus X-1 against the arena wall where it couldn't self-right. Atomic also created a worry for S.M.I.D.S.Y. when it nearly flipped the 13th seed out of the arena after disposing of Cygnus X-1. It then flipped the seed high into the air, which knocked out S.M.I.D.S.Y.
Atomic placed the immobile S.M.I.D.S.Y. onto the pit, and then pressed the pit release button to dispatch of its third foe in one battle, but both still went through to Round 2.
Atomic met Hellbent in the second round. At first, the two robots circled each other and Atomic tried a flip on Hellbent, which did not manage to overturn the robot, instead throwing it backwards. It was not long before Atomic then used its scoop to push Hellbent towards the arena wall, and then hoist it straight over, earning a second win by throwing a robot out of the arena, which it did in less than half a minute.
In the Heat Final, Atomic met S.M.I.D.S.Y. again. The two robots attempted to attack each other, but the charges of both robots kept on missing their targets. S.M.I.D.S.Y. managed a couple of nudges on the side of its opponent, before Atomic got underneath and flipped S.M.I.D.S.Y. over. S.M.I.D.S.Y. then attacked Atomic with its spinning disc, but Atomic recovered and continued to get underneath S.M.I.D.S.Y., throwing it into the air twice more. S.M.I.D.S.Y. then began to scamper around the arena, but was soon caught by Atomic who got underneath S.M.I.D.S.Y., pushed it towards the side of the arena and threw it into the wall, which it clipped and then flew over and out of the arena.
In the Semi-final, Atomic met the rising star M2. It was a very tactical battle, with both robots flipping and self-righting. Atomic nearly got flipped out of the arena by M2, but by the end M2's energy was wearing down and could not flip as effectively as at the start of the battle. Atomic managed to pin M2 against the arena wall and flip it out.In the second round Atomic met the eventual champions Typhoon 2, and the great run for Atomic ended. In an attempt to get the battle over and done with quickly, Atomic went straight for Typhoon but failed to flip it over. On the second attempt Atomic flipped itself over, jamming its flipper open and unable to self-right. Atomic then started venting gas. Typhoon spun up to the fastest speed seen from the robot in the series (creating an audible whirring sound) before hitting Atomic twice, causing major damage. Atomic was counted out by the Refbot, before being flipped by the floor flipper, pitted by Sir Killalot and eliminated from the competition.
|ATOMIC - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat A, Eliminator||vs. Chaos 2 (1), Indefatigable||Qualified|
|Heat A, Semi-Final||vs. King B3 (17)||Won|
|Heat A, Final||vs. Chaos 2 (1)||Lost|
|ATOMIC 2 - RESULTS|
|Mayhem & Annihilator|
|Mayhem Qualifier||vs. Fighting Torque, Mousetrap 2||Won|
|NOTE: Atomic was forced to drop out due to damage suffered from Hypno-Disc in another battle.|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
22nd seed, Heat, Round 2
|Heat B, Eliminator||vs. Kan-Opener||Won|
|Heat B, Semi-Final||vs. Hypno-Disc (3)||Lost|
|ATOMIC - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Semi-Finals, Round 2
|Heat G, Round 1||vs. Cygnus X-1, S.M.I.D.S.Y. (13), Terror Turtle||Qualified|
|Heat G, Round 2||vs. Hellbent||Won|
|Heat G, Final||vs. S.M.I.D.S.Y. (13)||Won|
|Semi-Final 2, Round 1||vs. M2||Won|
|Semi-Final 2, Round 2||vs. Typhoon 2||Lost|
- Wins: 8
- Losses: 3
|Main Series||Atomic Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat Final|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Sixth Wars||Failed to qualify|
|The Seventh Wars||Semi-Finals, Round 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 2||Did not enter|
- Atomic holds the record for the most consecutive out of the arena flips with four. This was achieved through all four of its victories in Series 7.
- Eruption later matched this record in Series 9.
- Atomic has only ever lost to three Grand Finalists, including one reigning (Chaos 2) and one future (Typhoon 2) Grand Champion in both of its unseeded appearances.
- Atomic is one of the few robots to successfully flip Hypno-Disc over and force it to self-right.
- Atomic never had a judges' decision during its career.
- All three of Atomic's losses in the main competition saw it taking a lot of damage from its opponents and the House Robots.
- Atomic is one of three robots (along with X-Terminator and Team Knightmare) to lose to the reigning champion in the heat final of one series and go on to reach the semi-finals in a subsequent series.
- Atomic is one of three competitors (along with Killertron and Team Big Cheese) to lose to the eventual UK Champion in the heat final of one series and go on to reach the semi-finals in a subsequent series.