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"Team captain Jordan can name every robot that's ever competed included the team members. He even has a picture of Matilda on his wall...don't we all?"
Jonathan Pearce

Chimera is a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 8-9 of Robot Wars, entered by a family team. Chimera lost its Group Battle in Series 8 after having its tyres heavily damaged and ripped off by M.R. Speed Squared. It returned for Series 9 as the highly improved Chimera2, and fought a much closer fight, but was immobilised by Concussion.

Chimera was originally built by Colin Scott of Team Death, but changed ownership in 2015 to Team 53, nowadays known as Team Chimera, who rebuilt the robot in 2016 and entered it into Robot Wars.

The name Chimera is derived from the mythical creature of the same name that is said to have the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent.

Versions of ChimeraEdit

ChimeraEdit

Chimera team

Chimera with its team

Chimera 2016

Front view of Chimera

Chimera was a thwackbot, armed with a variety of interchangeable blades and weapons, which it swings overhead by overturning the robot, utilising the power of momentum. The primary blade among the team’s selection is a three-headed spiked shaft. The robot cost less than £1,500 to build, borrowing tyres from an old Ford Fiesta, and was powered by two 24V wheelchair motors. However, the team felt that their exposed tyres give them a weakness to spinners, and the robot was slow, particularly for its weapon type, at just 6mph. It was also far below the weight limit, at just 72kg.

Chimera2Edit

"Chimera 2 is designed around the Greek mythological creature that possessed a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. All three elements are represented in the robot with the wedge, body and weapon."
— The Robot Wars website
Chimera 2

The team's photo of Chimera2

Team Chimera

Chimera2 with its team

Chimera2 attacks in the same way as Chimera, maintaining the thwackbot design, but features much thinner, sturdier wheels, as well as a front wedge, decorated with blue flame decals. Its main body is wider and the robot is also heavier and faster, with HARDOX armour. The spiked thwacking arm has also been replaced with interchangeable thwacking axes, one with a single bladed head, the other with three smaller, pointed parallel heads. Chimera2 has a front wedge which runs independently of the main body, designed to deflect oncoming spinners. Some compare Chimera2's design to seasoned BattleBots competitor Toe Crusher.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Chimera participated in Episode 2, filling in as a reserve for an unknown drop-out, where it faced fellow newcomers to the main competition Draven and Foxic, as well as M.R. Speed Squared.

"We have tested [the tyres] and they can still run even if they get destroyed, we can roll on the rims"
— Unfortunate foreshadowing from Phil Mann
Chimera first hit

Chimera loses a wheel with the first impact

Chimera destroyed

The remains of Chimera

Wary of the full-body spinner M.R. Speed Squared, Chimera kept its distance away from all other robots in the arena. However, Chimera was targeted by the spinner due to its exposed wheels, and the very first blow sustained knocked Chimera's wheel loose. Despite the tyre nearly coming off, Chimera could still slowly coast around the arena, though it was closely followed by Draven. A second attack from M.R. Speed Squared removed Chimera's wheel completely, immobilising it on one side. Chimera was left to drive in circles near the wall while Draven was immobilised. Cease was called and Chimera was eliminated.

Series 9Edit

TeamChimera

Chimera2 with its three axe blades

Chimera2 competed in Episode 3, facing two newcomers with spinners, Concussion and Tauron, as well as the reigning Fourth Place Thor. It entered this battle using the parallel tri-blades on its axe. In the pits, the team were joined by an audience member with a large supportive banner of Chimera 2.

Angela Scanlon: "Is there anything that may go against you?"
Mark Rollins-Mann: "Just being untested in battle, that's the biggest thing! This year, it's our own custom-made drive system, which in battle, is a bit untested"
— Team Chimera on their weakness
Thor vs Chimera2

Thor hammers Chimera2

When 'activate' was sounded, Chimera2 did not challenge any particular robot, instead testing its drive. It then drove into Concussion with its wedge, but Concussion was lower to the ground, and Chimera2 was thrown over. It righted itself and spun on the spot, before curiously driving over the arena spikes, where it was held high. Chimera2 pursued Concussion across the arena in retaliation, using its wedge.

"Keep going, Jordan!"
— Mark Rollins-Mann
Chimera2 vs Concussion and Thor

Concussion gets underneath Chimera2

Chimera2 and Concussion immobile

Chimera2 is counted out

However, Chimera2 was caught from behind by Thor, which landed successive axe blows. Now trapped in a CPZ, Concussion drove under Chimera2's high ground clearance, and ripped away at its underside. Chimera2 was left on top of Concussion briefly for a 'piggy-back', but when freed, it became clear that Chimera2 was now immobile. Although Concussion lost drive to one side shortly afterwards, Chimera2 was eliminated alongside Tauron.

"Chimera2 are out and not happy!"
Jonathan Pearce

ResultsEdit

CHIMERA - RESULTS
Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Round 1
Episode 2, Group Battle vs. Draven, Foxic, M.R. Speed Squared Eliminated
CHIMERA2 - RESULTS
Series 9
Series 9 - UK Championship
Round 1
Episode 3, Group Battle vs. Concussion, Tauron, Thor Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Series Chimera Record
Series 1-7 Did not enter
Series 8 Heat, Round 1
Series 9 Heat, Round 1

Robot Wars Live EventsEdit

Chimera2016

Chimera's profile at the live events

Chimera competed at a variety of Robot Wars live events, albeit without major success. It made its 2016 debut at Manchester in a battle with Behemoth, Beast and Eruption, but quickly became immobilised. The team's featherweight Mini-Mera debuted at the same event. Chimera's successor, Chimera2, was scheduled to debut at the Gloucester event, but was not completed in time.

Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • Chimera under the possession of Colin Scott
  • Mini-Mera, the team's featherweight version of Chimera
  • Nautilus

After Robot Wars was taken off-air, Chimera was built by Colin Scott to compete in FRA competitions. It was originally known as The Wall and armed with a horizontal spinning bar. The robot was retired in 2006, but was restored for an appearance at the 2011 UK Championships, where Chimera lost to Thor and Tiberius.

In March 2012, Chimera was sold to Team Scar, who at the time, owned Robot Wars veterans Scar and Eric, before finally being sold to Team 53 in 2015, who rebranded themselves as Team Chimera.

The 2016 version Chimera fought its last fight at the 2016 Cannock Robots Live! event where it fought Apollo and Meggamouse. It didn't last long in its final fight, as it was thrown eight feet in the air by Apollo, and over the heightened arena wall, twenty seconds into the battle.

Team Chimera have built a featherweight version of Chimera, known as Mini-Mera. The various team members also own the featherweight robots Nautilus and Wolfs-Bane, and a beetleweight named Pisces.

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