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"This is the most potent robot we have seen thus far in this Grand Final, in this series of Robot Wars, perhaps ever!"
— Jonathan Pearce, during the fight with Thor

Carbide is a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 8-9 of Robot Wars. It reached the Grand Final in Series 8, finishing runners-up to eventual champion Apollo after a close final-round battle.

According to the official Robot Wars website, Team Carbide rated their chances of winning Series 8 at '10 out of 10', and the robot featured heavily in promotional trailers, with the BBC listing Carbide as one of the most destructive robots in the series.

DesignEdit

"At its maximum speed, the impact of a hit from Carbide’s blade has 60 times more energy than a sniper bullet."
— Robot Wars website
Team carbide

Team Carbide in Series 8

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Carbide in Series 8

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Carbide with its yellow wheels used from the Heat Final onwards

Carbide is an invertible black and green robot with two-wheel drive and a large horizontal bar spinner at the front. Carbide's weapon is considered to be the most powerful bar spinner in Robot Wars history, measuring 85cm in length, weighing 25kg and spinning at 2300RPM. The weapon operates at 20 horsepower to inflict massive damage. The robot also features a steep wedge at the rear, used to deflect other spinners and push other robots around if necessary. Carbide's armour consists of 5mm military grade steel, and 8mm aerospace grade aluminium and a shock-mounted top panel. Though it started off with black tyres during the Group Battle and Head to Head stages, it wore yellow tyres in the Heat Final and all of the final, very similar to the tyres of Glitterbomb.

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Carbide with its team in Series 9

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Carbide's turntable shot in Series 9

For Series 9, Carbide received a new top panel as well as a new weapon motor and an upgraded clutch assembly for its bar spinner. The new weapon motor - dubbed 'Bille-tek' by the team - is equally as powerful as the former Etek motor, but shorter, lighter and features a custom billet housing.[1] Carbide's top speed was increased from 12mph to 15mph, its top armour was cushioned, and it also received a revised paint job, with yellow tips on its spinner as well as a new logo.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Carbide appeared in Episode 1, where it was drawn against the experienced Behemoth, new machine from former heat winners Bonk, and Third Wars footballer, The General in its first-round melee.

Angela Scanlon: "So your plan is to literally demolish everything in your way?"
Dave Moulds: "Hopefully!"
— The battle plan
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Carbide removes The General's wheel

Although it sustained an initial slam from Bonk, Carbide was free to target the opponents of its choice in the first round, with Behemoth specifically avoiding it. Carbide landed its first blow on the exposed tyres of The General, knocking it back. Carbide's spinning bar spent a brief moment inactive after this, and needed to dodge its opponents, but when back at full speed Carbide charged into The General, removing its tyre completely, and also hitting Bonk with the same blow, immobilising it. Essentially victorious at this stage, Carbide grazed Behemoth's scoop before hitting The General one last time, and then landing some full-power blows to the now-inverted Bonk. Carbide qualified alongside Behemoth.

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Carbide recoils away from Terrorhurtz

After its first round battle, it was revealed that Carbide's weapon motor had broken, and its team struggled to repair it in time for their next match. However, after some help from John Reid, the motor was fixed in time for Carbide's first battle of the head-to-head stage, against John Reid's own Terrorhurtz. In preparation, Team Carbide added an extra layer of polycarbonate to the top of their robot, as protection from Terrorhurtz's axe, which ironically never worked in the following battle.

Terrorhurtz vs Carbide

Carbide is pitted by Terrorhurtz

On the very first charge, Carbide's blade clashed with Terrorhurtz's scoop, sending Carbide reeling into the air, and bounced upside-down when it landed. Carbide was pushed around the arena by Terrorhurtz, although it usually landed a blow on Terrorhurtz's scoop at the same time, bending the HARDOX wedge. Carbide was pushed into the arena wall, pit release tyre, and flame pit. Carbide was unable to drive off the flame pit, so after being burnt, it was freed by Sir Killalot. Regardless, Carbide could not move freely, and Terrorhurtz pushed it onto the lip of the pit. Carbide span its blade up to full speed as a form of defence, but was pitted regardless.

"I used to be on John's team, so I knew exactly what his tactics were!"
— Dave Moulds
Carbide vs Nuts

Carbide shakes loose the outer rim of Nuts

Carbide was then drawn against newcomer Nuts. Despite the team claiming they would only do what was necessary, Carbide did not hold back, and landed two blows within the first few seconds, and disabled one of Nuts' minibots. The third attack from Carbide was a major blow which removed Nuts’ outer rim, as well as literal nuts and bolts, leaving them with no weaponry. Carbide was required to catch a fleeing Nuts, and when it did, two hits threw Nuts towards Sir Killalot.

"Oh, look at the power! This is one of the strongest, most venomous weapons I've ever seen!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Carbide's blade
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The remains of Nuts after the encounter with Carbide

Another blow from Carbide threw Nuts through the air into the pit release at incredible speeds, and the following hit removed Nuts' wheel and put it out of the arena completely. Nuts was counted out, while Carbide chased a minibot and disabled its movement on one side. Carbide was awarded 3 points for its dominant win. During the battle, Carbide had flung a shard of Nuts' armour towards Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon's CPZ, the subject of several news articles.

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Carbide disables Behemoth's scoop

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Carbide pushes Behemoth into the pit

In its final head-to-head, Carbide met Behemoth for the second time. Carbide wasted no time, and struck Behemoth, sending the large robot spinning away, while Carbide was the robot thrown airborne on its second and third attacks. Spinning around, Carbide landed some lighter blows, still generating many sparks. A slice through Behemoth's scoop was clearly visible, before Carbide's biggest attack yet disabled Behemoth's scoop completely, with a follow-up hit knocking it over. With its srimech already extended, Behemoth could not self-right before Carbide had already pushed it into the pit. With 6 points, Carbide had qualified for the heat final, where it would meet Behemoth once again.

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A huge collision between the two

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Carbide watches as Behemoth reverses into the pit

In the third meeting between the two, Carbide's very first hit seemed to limit Behemoth's mobility. Carbide landed further blows upon Behemoth, most of which caused Behemoth to remain immobile for seconds at a time before making another small movement. Carbide pressed the pit release, with Behemoth sat right beside it. Thinking its opponent was defeated, Carbide halted its spinning blade, and drove onto Behemoth's scoop to push it towards the pit, though Behemoth flipped in retaliation. Carbide retreated, as Behemoth could only move in circles until Carbide drew nearer, at which point Behemoth reversed into the pit, allowing Carbide to qualify for the Grand Final.

Carbide destroys the arena wall

Carbide breaks the wall

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Carbide slams into Shockwave

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Apollo sends Carbide flying

In its Grand Final group battle, Carbide faced Apollo and Shockwave. The battle was short, but incredibly destructive. Team Carbide acted on their pre-battle tactics and immediately hit Shockwave, only for Shockwave to get underneath Carbide and push it into Shunt's CPZ, where it spun and hit the side wall blade-first. The impact tore off one of the wall panels, stopping the battle early due to safety concerns. However, before 'cease' was called, Carbide slammed into Shockwave's right-hand side, tearing its side panel apart and causing its rear wheel to become dislodged, before being flipped by Apollo. The battle was due to be restarted once repairs were completed, but Shockwave withdrew due to the damage inflicted by Carbide, so Carbide and Apollo advanced to the next round.

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Carbide tears off Thor's front plate

In the Head to Heads, Carbide first faced wildcard Thor. It deflected Thor's initial charge, and after its opponent was flipped by the Floor Flipper, began hammering and tearing into Thor's armour, ripping off its side panels and buckling, then tearing off, its front 'anti-Carbide plate'.

"Well, they’ve put the buffer on, they have the pointed steel top – they are being absolutely savaged and the buffer didn’t last long!"
— Jonathan Pearce watches as Carbide rips Thor’s front plate off
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Carbide sends Thor spinning

Carbide steered into Shunt's scoop, before charging at Thor again, tearing through Thor's front wedge and sending it spinning on its side. Another hit threw Thor over as it tried to swing its axe, and despite self-righting, Thor became immobilised after sustaining more hits from Carbide's blade, which tore more gashes into its armour and ripped one of its wheels loose. Carbide scored three points for this commanding victory.
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Carbide immobilises Apollo on its second hit

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Carbide attacks the immobilised Apollo

Next, it faced Apollo. Apollo charged straight into Carbide, turning it over through the recoil of its opponent's blade. However, a second blow immobilised Apollo completely, with Carbide hitting it again and rebounding into Shunt. In the dying seconds, Carbide approached Apollo, and despite Team MAD persuading Team Carbide not to cause any more damage, hit its side as 'cease' was called.

"Underhand tactics, there!"
— Jonathan Pearce’s view of Carbide’s extra blow

After the battle, Team MAD appeared to be disappointed with the extra damage inflicted by Carbide. However, this victory gave Carbide another three points, enough to secure it its place in the Final.

"Cheap shot!"
— Dave Young to Team Carbide
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Carbide sends TR2 airborne

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Carbide is tossed by the Floor Flipper

In its third and final Head to Head, Carbide faced the flipper of TR2. Carbide began strongly, ripping parts of TR2’s armour off and causing it to spin into Sir Killalot’s CPZ. It hit TR2 again as it tried to dodge Sir Killalot, leaving a gash in its flipper and sending it flying onto the Flame Pit. However, Carbide's blade stopped spinning as TR2 pressed the pit release button, with TR2 flipping it over and pushing it into the wall, almost propping Carbide up against it. After a few more flips from TR2, Carbide retreated, with TR2 following it around the arena, only to drive onto the Floor Flipper three times in an attempt to re-right itself. TR2 pushed Carbide over the Flame Pit and flipped it again, but failed to flip it over, so it pushed and flipped it into Shunt.

"Carbide… is a toy for TR2! Can they survive?"
— Jonathan Pearce as TR2 harries the weaponless Carbide
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TR2 flips Carbide

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Carbide, sandwiched between TR2 and Shunt

Carbide retaliated by charging into TR2, steering it around as Shunt closed in. TR2 landed another flip on Carbide, before driving round the perimeter of the arena and pushing it towards Shunt again, who rammed Carbide against the wall twice and axed its underside. Another couple of shoves from TR2 saw Carbide slammed into Shunt again, who axed it again and propped it against the wall in the closing seconds. The judges' decision unanimously went in favour of TR2, while Dave Moulds revealed in the pits afterwards that one of Carbide’s clutch plates had disintegrated, causing its weapon to fail.

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Carbide rips a panel off Apollo

Even so, Carbide still scored enough points to secure its place in the Final, where it faced Apollo once again. As before, Apollo charged straight underneath Carbide, tipping it onto its side and deflecting it into Sir Killalot, who grasped it with his claw before Apollo flipped it up against the wall. Carbide recovered, landing a few blows on Apollo which dislodged one of its top panels, before a violent hit sent both robots spinning. Carbide tore another of Apollo's panels off, but its weapon clutch failed again as Apollo launched it into the air, the blade stopping completely as Carbide hit the floor.

"They can get in underneath that blade, they can flip, they can cause trouble and they’ve done it! They’ve done it! Sparks flew, as the blade crashed against the arena floor, and Carbide in real trouble!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Apollo begins flipping Carbide over and over
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Apollo launches Carbide into the air

With its weapon disabled, Carbide was left helpless as Apollo flipped it several times around the arena, almost being thrown out at one point. Eventually, Carbide pressed the pit release button, almost getting flipped by the Floor Flipper as it rode up Apollo’s wedge again. The two machines continued nudging each other, with Apollo getting under and flipping itself onto its back trying to flip Carbide again. Carbide was flipped again close to the pit release, but escaped as Sir Killalot closed in to attack both it and Apollo.

"And it’s all Apollo, and there is no shuttle to safety, for Carbide."
— Pearce as Apollo and Carbide escape Sir Killalot
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Apollo assails Carbide

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Carbide is locked in a deadly embrace as time runs out

Apollo's flipper was wedged open by this point, but it used the open flipper to grab hold of Carbide and push it into Shunt. Carbide steered out of Shunt's CPZ, then got flipped by Apollo again, before cornering Apollo into Shunt as it sustained damage from the House Robot. It chased Apollo around as it drove around the edge of the pit, before riding up Apollo and closing its flipper. Carbide steered Apollo into a CPZ before getting flipped by the Floor Flipper, than after one last flip Apollo grabbed hold of Carbide again and pushed it into Shunt, who axed Carbide’s underside as time ran out.

The battle went to a judges' decision, with both robots suffering equal amounts of damage and having lost use of their weapons. However, after a close and thrilling fight, the judges unanimously voted for Apollo, with Carbide emerging as the Series 8 runners-up.

Series 9Edit

Carbide will compete in Episode 5, where they face three newcomers in Crackers 'n' Smash, Meggamouse and Trolley Rage.

ResultsEdit

CARBIDE - RESULTS
Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Runner-up
Episode 1, Group Battle vs. Behemoth, Bonk, The General Qualified
Episode 1, Head to Head vs. Terrorhurtz Lost (0 points)
Episode 1, Head to Head vs. Nuts Won via KO (3 points)
Episode 1, Head to Head vs. Behemoth Won via KO (3 points)
Episode 1, Heat Final vs. Behemoth Won
Grand Final, Group Battle vs. Apollo, Shockwave Qualified
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Thor Won via KO (3 points)
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Apollo Won via KO (3 points)
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. TR2 Lost via Judges' decision (0 points)
Grand Final vs. Apollo Lost
Series 9
Series 9 - UK Championship
Unknown
Episode 5, Group Battle vs. Crackers 'n' Smash, Meggamouse, Trolley Rage Unknown

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 7
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

  • Carbide entering the arena
  • Carbide in the pits
  • Carbide without its top armour
Main Series Carbide Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Entered with Tiberius
The Fifth Wars Entered with Tiberius 2
The Sixth Wars Entered with Tiberius 3
The Seventh Wars Entered with Tiberius 3
Series 8 Runner-up
Series 9 Entered
Entered Battle of the Stars with Arena Cleaner
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Tiberius 3

This Series Record incorporates the history of both Sam Smith and Dave Moulds as individual roboteers

Outside Robot WarsEdit

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Team Carbide's BattleBots entry Cobalt

After Series 8 of Robot Wars ended, Carbide attended a Robots Live event in Stevenage in October 2016, appearing as a static display outside the arena. It has yet to compete at a live event, due to the regulation ban on spinning weaponry.

For more information on Team Carbide's achievements outside of Robot Wars, including their BattleBots entry Cobalt, see here.

TriviaEdit

  • Due to the nature of Series 8 format, Carbide became the first robot to lose a battle in its qualifying episode and then go on to win it.
  • Carbide is the only robot to fight two robots (Behemoth and Apollo) a total of three times within a single series.

HonoursEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Carbide Facebook post detailing the 'Bille-tek' motor used in Series 9

External LinksEdit

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