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"So, they think they can topple the king with the 4-tonne hydraulic jaw on a raisable arm?"
Jonathan Pearce in the Wild Card Warriors

Draven is a competitor robot from Cranbrook, Kent, that competed in the first series of Robot Wars Extreme and Series 8-9 of Robot Wars. It took part in a Wild Card Warrior battle against series veteran King B Powerworks in Extreme 1, but lost, and was defeated in its Group Battle in Series 8 after being damaged and immobilised by M.R. Speed Squared.

Its name originated from the main character of the 1994 film "The Crow", Eric Draven. For Series 9, it is occasionally known as Lord Draven.

The team was formed by a group of friends who met at the University of York, where they were studying Electronic Engineering. The Series 8 and 9 teams work together at a hand-dryer company - Dan Heggs and Leigh Salmon applied for a place on the team through this connection.



Draven as it appeared in Extreme 1

Draven is a six-wheeled box-shaped robot armed with a hydraulic crushing jaw that operates with 4 tonnes of pressure. The jaw is mounted on a lifting arm, which allows the robot to lift approximately 200kg and self-right whenever it is flipped, although these actions have yet to be seen in televised combat.


Official shot of Draven in Series 8, with red LEDs

For its appearance in Robot Wars Extreme, Draven was painted silver all over, and was fitted with blue LED's to illuminate its eyes. However, these did not show up on-screen as well as the team had hoped, so they were later replaced with red LEDs.


Draven in Series 8

In 2016, Draven's armour was made of a carbon-fibre and Kevlar composite shell, with bonded-on titanium plates, giving it a black and silver colour scheme. The robot weighed 110kg in Series 8.

Lord Draven

Draven's turntable shot in Series 9

Draven was updated again for Series 9. It features a new cad-based chassis, new drive motors, motor controllers, batteries, armour, pump with BLDC motor, and new radio systems[1]. The robot's body-shape and weaponry remains similar, but Draven returned to its silver colour-scheme. Its jaw now bites at double the speed of the previous version.


"...and Anthrax were all talk. To be honest, two years went into building this robot, that was disappointing."
Jonathan Pearce's original commentary at the conclusion of the Wild Card Warrior battle
Draven with team

Draven with its team in Series 8

Lord Draven with team

"Lord Draven" with its team in Series 9

Draven was originally given the name Anthrax and this name was used during the original airing of its Robot Wars Extreme appearance on BBC Choice. By the time the episode reached BBC Two, however, the name had to be changed due to an anthrax scare in the USA which occurred at the time. All usage of the original Anthrax name was removed and all subsequent airings of the episode remained this way, although Draven is still referred to by its original name in Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide. This case was very similar to Roadblock years before, which had also required a name change due to concerns about its original name, Road Rage, being raised before filming of Series 1 began.

"...and once again it's the more experienced machine, King B Powerworks, that wins it!"
— Jonathan Pearce's alternate commentary at the same moment

An official BBC press release referred to the Series 9 version of Draven as Lord Draven[2], although this name has yet to be seen outside of this context. The name Lord Draven is potentially a reference to the video game League of Legends.


Draven Original

Draven, as it failed to qualify for Series 4, without its armour

Prior to entering Series 8, Draven had attempted to enter the original series of Robot Wars three times, but failed on every occasion as a result of its poor reliability. It first failed to qualify for Series 4, then lost its qualifier in Series 5 after it broke down and was reportedly dumped out of the arena by Shunt.Citation? Draven attempted to enter again in Series 6, but lost to S.M.I.D.S.Y. in its qualifier, and did not attempt to enter Series 7.

Robot HistoryEdit

Extreme 1Edit

"It actually looks quite nasty, it's little bit of a worry really 'cause we're just the sort of robot he'd like to take on, a nice low flat one that he can get his jaw around and crush it up"
— Simon Harrison of the King B team before the fight

King B pits Draven

Draven was given its first chance to compete in the Wild Card Warriors, drawn against former Semi-Finalist and Tag Team Terror winner King B Powerworks. Draven and King B Powerworks collided, making only tentative attacks on each other afterwards. Draven had a slight advantage as King B's circular saw was not working, but the only chance it received to clamp onto King B was missed, after which King B then slid beneath Draven in a Panic Attack-style manoeuvre. King B then steered Draven into the pit release button and dumped the newcomers down; another Wild Card Warrior had failed.

Series 8Edit


Draven enters the arena

Draven competed in Episode 2, facing fellow newcomers Chimera and Foxic, as well as a new robot from a veteran team, M.R. Speed Squared, in the first round.

"We're certainly hoping to get through this part, although our big achilles heel is probably spinning robots and we're up against at least one"
— Anarchic Engineers
MR Draven

Draven takes a hit from M.R. Speed Squared

Draven made the first move in the qualifier, driving towards Foxic, but ending up on top of its wedge. Draven chased Foxic across the arena, catching up and slotting underneath the back of it, but failed to use its crushing jaw. Draven pushed Chimera, which had already lost a wheel, beyond the flame pit and into an empty CPZ. However, despite the strong start, Draven was then targeted by M.R. Speed Squared, which ripped a piece of armour away. Draven returned to attack the struggling Foxic, but M.R. Speed Squared caught up, and ripped another panel from Draven. This blow immobilised Draven, and it was counted out, eliminating it from the competition.

Draven vs Foxic

Draven finds a target in Foxic, moments before it's knocked immobile

"We had terrible control problems, I'm not sure why, it was glitching backwards and forwards!"
— Anarchic Engineers

Series 9Edit

Draven will compete in Episode 2.


Extreme 1
Other Battles
Wild Card Warriors
Wild Card Warriors vs. King B Powerworks Lost
Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Round 1
Episode 2, Group Battle vs. Chimera, Foxic, M.R. Speed Squared Eliminated
Series 9
Series 9 - UK Championship
Episode 2, Group Battle vs. Unknown Unknown


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

  • A mock-up of Draven during construction
  • Draven being built
  • Draven in the pits during Extreme 1
  • The team in the pits with Draven in Extreme 1
  • Draven demonstrates its srimech at a live event
  • Draven lifts the chassis of Judge Mech at a live event
  • Draven as it looked at the Series 5 qualifiers, without its top
  • Draven in the pits during Series 8
Main Series Draven Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Heat, Round 1
Series 9 Entered
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered
Series 2 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Following its appearance in Extreme, Draven was rebuilt, and made two appearances the ESAT/BT young scientist exhibition in Dublin, where it appeared alongside King B Powerworks, Bigger Brother, Razer, Panic Attack and Chaos 2.


  • When teams were given permission to publicly reveal their participation in Series 9 over social media, Draven was the first robot to be revealed this way.

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