- "...We didn't have a very good weapon on Lambsy, so we felt that this time we had to put something decent on. Lambsy was strong, tough, it stood up to everything, but it wasn't aggressive enough. So we've gone for Ewe 2, big flipper, and we hope to throw them out of the arena this time!"
- — Ian Lockhart on Ewe 2
Ewe 2 was a heavyweight robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. In the main competition, it reached the second round, before losing to Tetanus Booster, Ewe 2 also competed in the Annihilator of Series 7, reaching the third round (although the second round never actually took place).
The robots name was likely to be a pun on the Irish rock band U2, combined with the running theme of sheep used by the team's robots.
- "EWE2 is much more aggresive than Lambsy ever was. It now has a 300mm stroke / 80mm bore ram running at 12 bar. We have also moved away from 4QD speedos for the very impressive Roboteq. Control and power are much better in this new design!"
- — The team website on Ewe 2
Ewe 2 was created after Lambsy (the team's previous machine) failed to qualify for Series 6, as the team realised that whilst Lambsy was tough and durable, it was not aggressive. The robot had a very strong steel frame with tread pad panels but no armour underneath as it was overweight in the qualifiers, similar to Kronic 2 in Series 6. Its weapon was a thin lifting arm, with reasonable power, the team claiming that it could flip another robot out of the arena. Ewe 2 also had good pushing power, and curved spikes on the side to stop the robot from being stranded, although this proved ineffective.
Ewe 2 had a very successful qualifier for Series 7, managing to win over Vader, Big Nipper and even the eventual champion, Typhoon 2. All three of the other robots received discretionary places after knocking themselves or each other out.
In Ewe 2's first round battle, it was drawn against reigning champions Tornado, along with Sawpoint 2 and Devastator. Luckily, Tornado ignored Ewe 2, allowing Team Coyote to continually attack Sawpoint 2, but missed with its flipper. As soon as its flipper began to flip Sawpoint 2, it became bent and could no longer flip, so it instead opened the pit and eventually pitted the very sluggish and almost immobile Sawpoint 2.Ewe 2 then teamed up with the reigning champions to eventually do the same to Devastator, although it was a struggle to fit it down the pit with Sawpoint 2 already there. Cease was then called and Ewe 2 went through with Tornado to Round 2.
In the second round, Ewe 2 fought Tetanus Booster. During Ewe 2's entry to the arena, a pipe powering the flipper flew out, leaving the robot without an active weapon once again.
- "Well we will be heading off to the heat final, with or without you, Ewe 2!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
As Ewe 2 could not flip, it kept within a close proximity of Tetanus Booster to maintain aggression. Ewe 2 was able to force Tetanus backwards, at the expense of some damage. After a strong slam from Tetanus Booster, Ewe 2 opened the pit. When Ewe 2 returned to Tetanus Booster, one of its external layers was thrown into the air by the spinning drum. After this attack, Tetanus Booster began to slow, so Ewe 2 pushed it into the pit release button, and then into the arena wall when Tetanus Booster fled. Cease was called when Ewe 2 forced Tetanus Booster into Sir Killalot's CPZ, after a barrage of U2 puns from Jonathan Pearce.
- Craig Charles: "Don't ask me, I don't make these decisions, what do you think the Judges were thinking?"
- Ian Lockhart: "I reckon they must've gone on the damage at the beginning, but we were a lot stronger at the end."
- — Team Coyote receive the decision
A controversial and close Judges' decision went against Ewe 2, sending Tetanus Booster through to the Heat Final, to the disagreement of Team Coyote and Craig Charles.Ewe 2 also fought in the Annihilator at the end of the series. It went up against the recent Semi-Finalists Raging Knightmare, Robochicken, Ripper, US entry Flippa and the reigning Annihilator champion Kan-Opener. However, it pinned itself to the side wall hanging over the edge after a mighty flip from Ripper, Flippa was also pinned underneath Ewe 2. But both robots progressed through as they were left alone for a long while and also because Robochicken was deemed immobile first. Directly after Robochicken was counted out, Ewe 2 was taken off the side wall and swiftly pitted by Kan-Opener, although it still went through to Round 2.
A breakdown from Flippa before the next round allowed it through to the third round automatically. Off stage, it was said that Flippa failed to compete because Flippa's aerial was preventing Ewe 2's flipper from closing, and when the aerial was nudged to one side, it fell off.
In the third round, it helped Ripper and Kan-Opener gang up on Raging Knightmare, all three flipping the Semi-Finalist around the arena like a pinball machine. However, Ripper flipped Ewe 2 onto its side, where it was left immobilised. Raging Knightmare was almost pitted by Kan-Opener before Refbot counted out Ewe 2, but Raging Knightmare escaped, leaving Ewe 2 eliminated and at the mercy of Matilda's flywheel.
|EWE 2 - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat E, Round 1||vs. Tornado (1), Sawpoint 2, Devastator||Qualified|
|Heat E, Round 2||vs. Tetanus Booster||Lost|
|Round 1||vs. Flippa, Kan-Opener, Raging Knightmare, Ripper, Robochicken||Qualified|
|Round 2||vs. Flippa, Kan-Opener, Raging Knightmare, Ripper||Qualified (by default)|
|Round 3||vs. Kan-Opener, Raging Knightmare, Ripper||Eliminated|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 2
The second round of The Seventh Wars Annihilator, where Flippa forfeited, is omitted from the Wins tally.
|Main Series||Ewe 2 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||Entered with Lambsy|
|The Sixth Wars||Failed to qualify with Lambsy|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||Entered with Lambsy|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Since Robot Wars, Ewe 2 was heavily redesigned into a robot with a full-pressure flipper and did very well in the live events. It had done so well it was the top seed for the Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2004, where it reached the semi-finals and lost to Terrorhurtz, finishing 4th in the whole competition.
In Summer of 2006, Ewe 2 was sold to Team Tilly who renamed it to Tilly Ewe 2, here it had good degrees of success, such as winning the Fighting Robots Annihilator 2007 and finishing 3rd in the Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2007. Since Summer 2008, it was retired and replaced by Tilly 2 Evo.