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"We're Firestorm, and you're gonna burn."
— Graham Bone

Firestorm (spelt Fire Storm in Series 3) was a long time competitor on Robot Wars, fighting in every series of the original run from Series 3 onwards. One of the show's most famous and consistent individual robots, Firestorm reached the Semi-Finals in every one of its five appearances, and finished third on three occasions. During this time, it amassed 33 combat victories, the second highest of all UK Robot Wars competitors, with only Razer having more overall victories.

In its debut series, Fire Storm won its heat by defeating former semi-finalist Facet (self-righting in the process) and Diotoir in the heat final. It ultimately ended the successful run of Panic Attack in the top eight, beginning one of the show's most famous rivalries. It was ultimately defeated in the Grand Final by Chaos 2, where it was the first robot ever thrown out of the arena. In Series 4, Firestorm 2 was the least successful version of the robot, reaching the semi-finals only after an uneventful fight with Bolt from the Blue and a controversial decision in the Heat Final. It was defeated by Dominator 2 in the Semi-Finals, and later broke down in the Tag Team Terror Final where it partnered Scorpion.

In Series 5, Firestorm 3 reached the Semi-Finals by flipping Reactor 2 out of the arena (the first robot with a front hinged flipped to do so). Though defeated by Hypno-Disc, it made a comeback via the loser's melee and defeated Pussycat to reach the Grand Final where it was defeated by Razer in a close battle. In Series 6, Firestorm 4 won its heat over X-Terminator and defeated S3 to reach the Grand Final where it was defeated by the eventual Grand Champion for the third time, Tornado. It placed third once more by defeating Terrorhurtz. Firestorm 4 also came runner-up in the second All-Stars tournament during Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2 and won the Extreme 2 Commonwealth Carnage tournament, in which it represented England and memorably flipped Mr Psycho. Firestorm 5 reached the top eight of Series 7 by continuing to flip robots out of the arena, but was defeated by Storm 2 in the second round of the semi-finals.

Firestorm was created by high school friends Graham Bone (a mechanical engineering student) and Alex Mordue (an electrical engineering student) as the successor to Groundhog. They were later joined by Bone's girlfriend (later fiancee) Hazel Heslop. Firestorm competed in the live circuit briefly after Robot Wars original run came to an end, but is now retired.

Versions of FirestormEdit

"We realised that what a lot of the other bots didn't have was manoeuvrability, which is why we've put the active differential on the inside. The wedge shape was a good design that enabled us to get underneath an opponent and then flip them over with the flipper."
— Graham Bone, in a Robot Wars magazine article.
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Team Firestorm in Extreme 2

In total, there were five versions of Firestorm, each one an upgrade of each preceding machine. The basic design was a simple wedge driven by two go-kart wheels located at the rear, with a pneumatic front-hinged flipper that doubled as a self-righting mechanism. This design helped minimise Firestorm's front ground clearance, making it highly manoeuvrable and capable of getting underneath other robots with ease. Ironically, while Firestorm's comparatively high rear ground clearance it made it vulnerable to being pushed around, it gave it an advantage over other wedges as it could have its front lifted up a considerable amount without having its wheels lifted off the ground.

"The reason for that was that when we went up a ramp we wouldn't be popped over. It's the same when you see a robot that doesn't have that wedge; if they go over an opponent that does have a raised back, because of the ground clearance, all their wheels will be lifted off the ground and that leaves them prone. With Firestorm, we can still have wheels in contact with the ground even on an angle. It gives us traction and allows us to reverse off if needed."
— Graham Bone, explaining the logic behind Firestorm's design in a Robot Wars magazine article.

Firestorm also had a top speed of 12mph and a set of active differentials that greatly helped its manoeuverability - one 36V motor for forwards and backwards drive and a 24V motor for steering left or right. This was opposed to most other robots, which only had one motor for all four directions. These, combined with its signature tactic to drive and flip other robots against (and later over) the side walls, ensured Firestorm's high run of success in the original UK series. Out of the arena flips were also achieved with the help of a front castor, which allowed Firestorm to 'rear up' and 'shove' its opponent out of the arena.

"The main weapon of FireStorm is a 'Flipper'. The main differance between FireStorm's flipper and most of the robots' in RobotWars is the way it is hinged. Our's is hinged at the front making it more of a 'Roller' than a 'Flipper' although it does provide more protection than the top hinged type."
— The Firestorm website[1]

Fire StormEdit

"Firestorm is smoking!"
— Jonathan Pearce talks up the original machine
Firestorm

The original Fire Storm

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The spike at the rear of Fire Storm, extended

The original incarnation of Fire Storm weighed 67.9kg. It introduced the standard Firestorm wedge made of hardened aluminium and housed two separate motors; one from a lawnmower and one from a cordless drill, both running at 36V. It ran on two Go Kart tyres. A third, undisclosed battery was also used. It had three weapons, two of which worked in synergy. A set of conveyer belts running up the front wedge would pull a robot up the wedge where the T-shaped flipping arm could push it over. A retracting spear, similar to that of Cassius 2 was housed at the rear of the machine. It took six months to design on a computer, and was initially designed to work well in the The Gauntlet, though it never had to run the Gauntlet, as it was dropped from the show after Series 2.[2]

Firestorm 2Edit

"Bigger and better than the last wars. Bigger gas supply, bigger rams, bigger batteries, bigger motors. Bigger and better."
— Graham Bone on the improvements from Fire Storm
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Firestorm 2 official photo

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Firestorm 2, with its reversed paint job and improved flipper design

Fire Storm was updated over three months to become Firestorm 2, and gained 10kg to weigh in at 79.9kg. The colour scheme was inverted to red and yellow, with small squares instead of dots. Firestorm 2 also had a 3mm aluminium shell and retained the go-kart wheels. The robot cost £2000 to build.

All three of Fire Storm's weapons were abandoned and instead Firestorm 2 utilised the full front-hinged flipper, similar to the one Cassius 2 had used in the previous series. It was capable of a higher flip output than its predecessor and supposedly Chaos 2. The flipper was powered by fire extinguisher CO2 gas.

Julia Reed: "I have heard that your pneumatic flipper has got more flips in it than Chaos 2!"
Graham Bone: "Yes. That's true."
Julia Reed: "So if you actually had to go head to head with them, you might be in with a chance!"
Graham Bone: "Could be. They're more powerful but we can flip more times, so possibly."
— Julia Reed discusses the more powerful flipper with the team before Round 2

As Firestorm 2 arrived overweight, its larger batteries were swapped for smaller ones, and it had its metal castor wheels replaced with plastic ones. Before the Heat Final with The Morgue, the larger batteries were put back in in place of the jumping cylinder, with Alex Mordue stating that the cylinder was not having much effect and the additional power was more desirable.

Firestorm 3Edit

"Electric power to ignite our Firestorm"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Series 5 & Extreme 1 appearance

Firestorm in polkadot fur

Firestorm 3 garbed in Diotoir fur

Firestorm 3 weighed 100kg, with the increased weight limit allowing the team to add more armour to the robot. A new chassis was constructed for the wedge, resulting in slight dimensional increases across the board, and the robot reverted to the original colour scheme. Two more batteries were added.

"With the move from an 80kg to 100kg weight limit it was possible to add another 2 batteries in FireStorm 3. This means that there are now 3 batteries giving 36v and 2 batteries giving 24v. Having different packs for each of the voltages means that the batteries discharge at a more even rate."
— The Firestorm website[3]

However, Firestorm 3's transmitter was noted as being unreliable. It could reach a top speed of 12mph, the motors having been replaced to improve he robot's speed.

"One of the main failures of FireStorms 1 & 2 was its speed of turn. With the active differential, the robot was very controllable, however the diff motors were just not quick enough. In FireStorm 3, the old PM46 drive motors were replaced with PM47 motors, the gearbox's were also completely fabricated for the motors. These motors now give an output speed of around 2000 rpm - a large increase from the previous 1400 rpm. Another improvement for the motors is the voltage they are run at. The motors in FireStorm 3 are 18v motors over volted to 24v."
— The Firestorm website[4]

In some of its Extreme 1 battles, Firestorm 3 also sported the red and black polka dot fur of fellow competitor Diotoir around its sides and rear end.

Firestorm was rebuilt between Extreme 1 and Series 5, with the armour being thickened from 3mm to 5mm, more batteries being added, and the motors being uprated.[5] The robot was finished at 8.00 the night before the filming of Series 5.[6]

Firestorm 4Edit

Firestorm IV

Firestorm 4

Philippa Forrester: "How long did it take you to completely rebuild this robot?"
Graham Bone: "It's taken the last four weeks."
Philippa Forrester: "Four weeks, and they've completely rebuilt it, I think that's a huge achievement!"
— The build time of Firestorm 4 is revealed

Again, Firestorm 4 was completely rebuilt over four weeks, using a new body shell and featuring a slightly more powerful flipper. This version of Firestorm was also finished on the day before filming.[7]

In Extreme 2, a large steel strip was added to the bottom of Firestorm 4's wedge, enabling it to withstand more damage and get underneath other robots even easier than before.

"Well, what it'll do, because the lid's aluminium, and it wasn't to a sharp edge, we always used to pick up damage, so we hope by adding this we should reduce the damage that we get, which'll keep us nice and low to the ground, should be able to get under people easier"
— Graham Bone explains the steel strip.

Firestorm 5Edit

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Firestorm 5 in the series semi-finals

"We've totally rebuilt the shell, and we've done a little bit of work on the inside and the plumbing, maybe get the arm a bit faster, but other than that it's basically the same machine as we had last year."
— Graham Bone lists the improvements to Firestorm 5

The pneumatics were once again revamped for Firestorm 5 in Series 7, allowing the flipper to fire even faster than before. The robot also sported a slightly revised colour scheme as well as a removable steel strip along the bottom of the wedge, first used by Firestorm 4 during the second series of Extreme.

RivalriesEdit

Panic AttackEdit

"Firestorm 5, I think may've beaten us five times before now!"
— Kevin Pritchard of the Panic Attack team, in Series 7
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Firestorm demonstrates its best tactic against an old rival

Firestorm and Panic Attack had a long standing rivalry throughout Robot Wars, fighting on five seperate occasions, more than any other pair of robots. During the first semi-final of Series 3, the two robots met for the first time, and Firestorm dominated the battle, repeatedly pushing Panic Attack around and flipping it up a few times, winning the resulting judges' decision and ending Panic Attack's long-standing run of victories.

There was no vengeance gained for Panic Attack when the two met again during the All-Star championship during Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1. Panic Attack exposed its sides to Firestorm, who pushed it up against the sidewall again, but this time Panic Attack couldn't get down and was eliminated.

During the losers' melee of Series 5, the two once again battled, although this was a far quieter affair, as Panic Attack broke down early on, and Firestorm spent most of the battle taking on Wheely Big Cheese. After Panic Attack came back to life, Firestorm pushed it around and Panic Attack retaliated by lifting Firestorm up in the final ten seconds, but despite this late aggression, Firestorm was given the victory again after a judges decision.

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The two teams before their battle in Extreme 2

In the second series of Extreme, the two met again in the second round of the Commonwealth Carnage. The battle was dominated by Firestorm, who once again pinned Panic Attack onto the side wall after shoving Panic Attack around the arena, putting the grudge at 4-0.

The last conflict between the two was during the Series 7 All-Stars competition. All of the robots in this battle took the House Robots on instead of each other, and amidst the chaos, Firestorm drove into the pit, so the fact that Panic Attack technically defeated Firestorm is not an accurate description, but this was the only battle between the two where Panic Attack came out on top.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit

Crasha Gnasha flipped

Fire Storm disappears in a cloud of smoke as it rams Crasha Gnasha

In its first appearance, Fire Storm was placed against newcomers Crasha Gnasha in its first round battle. Fire Storm immediately charged straight at Crasha Gnasha, whilst Crasha Gnasha drove forward a little and turned so its hammer tail was facing Fire Storm. When Fire Storm reached Crasha Gnaha, it slammed it into the wall and threw it onto its back. As Crasha Gnasha fell, smoke poured out of its saw.

"Hardly a minnow, Fire Storm, but you wouldn't expect this kind of damage against a shark!"
— Jonathan Pearce

With no self-righting mechanism, Crasha Gnasha was immobilised and attacked by the House Robots.

Philippa Forrester: "You meanie! How could you do that to those beautiful children?"
Alex Mordue: "Oh, we're just bullies! I mean, we didn't expect it to turn over as quickly as it did!"
Philippa Forrester: "You did, you went "woof", straight in! There was no holding back there, that I saw!"
Alex Mordue: "That must be interference!"
— Post battle interview.

Fire Storm progressed to the next round.

"That was it - all over in the blink of an eye. Glad to get the first fight over and done with (its always the most nerve wracking)"
— Firestorm website[8]

In the second round, Fire Storm faced fellow flipper-wielding robot Facet.

Philippa Forrester: "Tell me your weak points and strong points."
Graham Bone: "Strong points; we can turn people over and turn ourselves back over. Weak points; don't really know!"
— Pre-battle interview.
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Facet flips Fire Storm...

In this battle, Fire Storm immediately rammed up onto Facet's side, lifting both robots up a little, then tried to attack the other side, but drove over the flipper. Fire Storm reversed, and turned to get away from its opponent. Facet closed in and tried to flip, but Fire Storm drove off just before the flipper fired. Fire Storm rammed Facet, but did not get underneath, so drove behind Facet. Facet tried to get away, but Firestorm was too fast and drove under it. However, it failed to slow down and fire the flipper, so Facet went over the top. Fire Storm drove around Facet, drivng through Matilda's CPZ, and driving away before she could attack. Matilda came out briefly to bump Facet, which was nearby, so Facet turned away. Facet drove at Fire Storm, and Fire Storm made the mistake of driving up the wedge, allowing Facet to flip it.

"The first real test for the self righting mechanism. And it worked beautifully (although the gas strut was bent requiring another to be flown down as a repair)."
— Firestorm website[9]
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...but Fire Storm employs tactics and immobilises it

Fire Storm quickly self-righted, and charged at Facet, but drove over the wedge. Facet drove down towards the bottom of the arena, and Fire Storm charged at it, but Facet turned away from it when it got close. Firestorm got under Facet and tried to flip, but it didn't have the flipper under Facet properly, so only lifted its opponent up slightly. Facet reversed away, bumping into Matilda again as it did, but escaping before she could do any damage. Firestorm drove under Facet and tried to flip again, but for the second time, its flipper was not under Facet properly, so Fire Storm failed to flip its opponent over. Fire Storm got under Facet, pushed it against the arena wall, and fired the flipper. This time, the flipper was fully underneath Facet, so Facet was turned on its side against the wall. Facet fired the flipper, but the robot was at such an angle that the flipper could not push the robot away from the wall, or back onto its wheels. As Facet was stuck, Fire Storm drove into Matilda's CPZ, and was lifted by the House Robot's forks, but it escaped. Facet was immobilised, and was attacked by Sir Killalot before "Cease" was called.

"...this one could have gone either way - FireStorm and Facet were quite equally matched with similar designs - Both with flippers - Facet's more powerful, but its what you do with the power you have that matters :)"
— Firestorm website[10]

In the Heat Final, Fire Storm was drawn against the Irish robot Diotoir.

Philippa Forrester: "How do you battle madness, I mean, where do you know where to start?"
Alex Mordue: "With madness, obviously!"
— Prior to the Heat Final
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Fire Storm flips Diotoir.

Fire Storm charged into Diotoir in the opening seconds, pushing it back to the arena wall, then trying to push it towards the flame pit. Diotoir turned to get off Fire Storm's front, then turned and got the flipping arm under Fire Storm, so Fire Storm backed off for another attack. Fire Storm drove back at Diotoir, and after driving up the wedge on the first attempt, got under Diotoir and turned it over. With Diotoir unable to self-right, Fire Storm pushed it over the Flame Pit, setting fire to Diotoir's fur as Dead Metal came in to attack the defeated machine. Diotoir was left to burn and was flipped by the Floor Flipper.

"After much pre-battle banter (along the lines of "which flame pit would you like to be pushed over") the fight starts. This lasted slightly longer than the first round although as promised, we flipped Diotior (their batteries disconnected themselves) and pushed them over the flame pit. The end!"
— The Firestorm website sums up the battle[11]

Fire Storm progressed to the Semi-Finals.

"Fire Storm: Hot stuff!"
Craig Charles, after the Heat Final

In the first Semi-Final, Fire Storm was placed against newcomers Pitbull in the first round. Before the battle, Graham and Alex wore codpieces made from Diotoir fur.

Philippa Forrester: "What on earth is the story?"
Graham Bone: "Well, it was our last match with Diotoir, and they said that if they were going to win, they were going to wear them, but they lost, so we're wearing them!"
Philippa Forrester: "Hmm, I wonder why they lost [She laughs] Yes, you look stupid!"
— Pre-battle interview about the codpieces.
Fire Storm vs Pitbull

Pitbull is bounced by the spikes whilst holding Fire Storm

Pitbull darted straight at Fire Storm, but Fire Storm dodged it. Fire Storm turned around and drove at Pitbull, but drove straight into its jaw, so Pitbull clamped the wedge between its jaws and pushed it around the arena.

"...and this could be the first surprise of the Semi-Finals! Fire Storm regarded in the pits as a complete robot, with fine weaponry, good technical ability too."
— Jonathan Pearce
Firestorm vs Pitbull

Pitbull rolls over

It continued pushing around, but the pit was raised, and Fire Storm pushed back, so Pitbull could not finish it off. Pitbull kept hold of Fire Storm regardless, but drove over an arena spike, which tossed it up and down. The spike did not flip it over, but Pitbull let Fire Storm go. Pitbull pushed Fire Storm into Sir Killalot's CPZ, but when it reversed away, it drove into Matilda's CPZ. Both robots escaped from the House Robots at the same time, before meeting again near the flame pit. Fire Storm rammed Pitbull, but hit the front of the robot, bouncing off the jaws. Pitbull drove away, but Fire Storm quickly caught up, and pushed Pitbull back. Fire Storm tried to get under Pitbull, but turned, which allowed Pitbull to get down. Pitbull drove over the arena spike and as it was flipped over, Fire Storm nudged it, preventing it from rolling over.

"Pitbull said "PTO - Please Turn Over", so Firestorm obliged"
— Jonathan Pearce in the Grand Final recap

The four house robots closed in, and Fire Storm was through.

In the second round, Fire Storm was pitted against the reigning champions Panic Attack, in the first of many battles representing a long-lasting rivalry between the two machines.

"I think we're going to be testing our self-righter."
— Kim Davies
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Bash seizes Panic Attack whilst Fire Storm flips

At the start, Fire Storm drove around Panic Attack, got under it and pushed towards Sergeant Bash's CPZ. Panic Attack got off the wedge, and tried to escape, but Fire Storm soon got under again and pushed it to Sergeant Bash. Panic Attack was seized by the House Robot's pincers. Fire Storm lifted Panic Attack, causing Bash to release it, but Panic Attack was not flipped and managed to escape the CPZ.

"A flash of reds and yellows out there, splendidly coloured."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Fire Storm flips Panic Attack.

Panic Attack reversed over Fire Storm's wedge, dodging the flipper, but scraping the armour plate on the lifting arm, bending it out of place. Panic Attack mistakenly drove into Bash, but a distraction from Fire Storm managed to allow Panic Attack to escape. Fire Storm then wedged beneath Panic Attack, but failed to flip it, driving out instead. Panic Attack drove into Shunt's CPZ, but managed to dodge behind the House Robot and get out again. However, as Panic Attack drove out, an arena spike bounced it up onto one side. Fire Storm immediately rushed around and caught enough of Panic Attack on its wedge to push it against the side wall and flip it against it. However, Panic Attack used its srimech to land back on its wheels. Panic Attack then drove into Sir Killalot's CPZ, harassed by Fire Storm.

"Kim Davies is doing everything he possibly can to drive Panic Attack into the troubled zones here!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Panic Attack's last-minute attack

Panic Attack was pushed out by Killalot, and after manoeuvring, reversed Fire Storm into the CPZ. However, it turned side on in the process, and exposed itself to Killalot's attack. After dodging out of Killalot's way, the two briefly ran into Bash. Finally, Panic Attack got beneath Fire Storm, but the wedge shape of Fire Storm meant that there was nowhere for Panic Attack's claws to negotiate, and Fire Storm merely slid of the reigning champion's forks. As the timer starting counting down, both robots drove around clumsily, crashing into walls and House Robots. The judges were called on to make a decision, and Fire Storm was chosen, eliminating the reigning champions.

"Chaos is quite a good machine, I think we'll be doing well to beat that."
— Alex Mordue's ironic comment, having been asked by Craig Charles if they can go all the way

In the Grand Final eliminator, Fire Storm faced the potent flipper of Chaos 2.

Philippa Forrester: "When he says "3, 2, 1, activate!", what will be going through your head?"
Graham Bone: "Win!"
Alex Mordue: "Win!"
— Pre-battle interview.
Chaos 2 vs Firestorm

Chaos 2 flips Fire Storm over.

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Fire Storm becomes the first to be thrown out of the arena.

Both machines charged into the centre of the arena, and span around each other, trying to get their flippers under the opponent. However, Fire Storm appeared to be spinning on the spot, allowing Chaos 2 to flip it over. Fire Storm did not attempt to self-right, so Chaos pushed Fire Storm towards, and - for the first time in the series' history - threw it over the arena wall.

"This one didn't last long. A little bit of wiggling (our battery circuit for forwards had come loose) and Chaos tipped us over, another couple of seconds later, and they had flipped us out of the arena - another first."
— The Firestorm website sums up the battle[12]

Fire Storm was eliminated, becoming the first of many robots to be flipped out of the arena.

"Chaos 2: Delightful. Fire Storm: De-railed, and deranged"
— Jonathan Pearce, upon viewing the replay again

As a result of its defeat, Fire Storm was due to fight original Series 3 reserves Steg-O-Saw-Us in a play-off battle for third place. However, Steg-O-Saw-Us did not take part due to the damage it sustained in its battle with Hypno-Disc. Fire Storm was intended to be awarded third place by default, but the two teams instead decided to share the position, thus meaning that Fire Storm and Steg-O-Saw-Us finished joint third overall.

"...it seemed unfair to them as obviously this was right at the end of filming and so they didn't have enough time to make repairs (no other bouts to film)"
— Alex Mordue[13]

Series 4Edit

"We're here to win, we're here for our revenge on Chaos 2!"
— Graham Bone

Firestorm 2 returned for Heat C of the Fourth Wars, seeded fifth after its performance in the Third Wars. In its first round eliminator, it was placed against newcomers Scar and The Morgue. Firestorm 2 had a problem before the battle, when it arrived at at the studio overweight. The team were able to solve this problem by replacing the batteries with smaller batteries, and changing the metal caster balls with plastic ones.

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Firestorm 2 flips Scar.

Firestorm flips The Morgue

Firestorm 2 flips The Morgue onto the arena wall

Firestorm 2 immediately flipped Scar over, but it was invertible, so no harm was caused to the newcomers' machine. The Morgue drove at Firestorm 2, getting under it with the lifter and pushing it, but Firestorm soon drove off the lifter. The Morgue tried to turn away, and as Firestorm tried to get under The Morgue, Scar came back, attacking The Morgue with the spinning disc, but causing no damage. Scar backed away, and Firestorm 2 drove underneath Scar and flipped it over again. Firestorm 2 then circled Scar before getting wedged between both Scar and The Morgue. The Morgue pushed Firestorm 2 around before it broke free and drove into Shunt's CPZ. Firestorm reversed out before the House Robot could attack, and flipped Scar again. Firestorm 2 then got underneath The Morgue and flipped it against the side wall.

"Look at this for power, from Firestorm 2. Using nearly 80 kilos of strength there."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 attacked Scar, but couldn't properly get it on the wedge, so just pushed it into The Morgue. Sir Killalot then closed in on The Morgue and held them over the flames. Firestorm 2 flipped Scar against the side wall as Sir Killalot righted The Morgue, which attacked Firestorm 2, pushing the Durham machine back a bit before cease was called. Firestorm 2 and Scar went through as The Morgue had been immobile long enough to be eliminated.

In the second round, Firestorm 2 was placed up against another newcomer in Bolt from the Blue.

"Flaming, flip-ability Batman!"
— Jonathan Pearce, as Round 2 begins
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Firestorm 2 is lifted up by Bolt from the Blue

Firestorm 2 started off by circling Bolt from the Blue, making a few attacks at the side, but not getting under it due to its low ground clearance. Firestorm 2 then rammed Bolt from the Blue, with the latter firing its flipper at thin air. Bolt from the Blue managed to get underneath Firestorm 2, but Firestorm 2 escaped before it could be flipped. Bolt from the Blue managed to get underneath again and lifted its foe up, but didn't manage to tip it over.

"Firestorm 2, surely not another seed to go out here?"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Bolt from the Blue pushes Firestorm 2

It got underneath a few more times, but never lifted Firestorm 2 up. Bolt from the Blue then tried pushing Firestorm 2 towards the pit, but struggled to get traction and Firestorm 2 escaped. Bolt from the Blue got underneath Firestorm 2 once more before cease was called. The battle ended in a judges' decision, where the judges controversially went in favour of the seeded Firestorm 2, putting them through to the Heat Final. Neither the Bolt from the Blue team, nor parts of the crowd, were happy with the decision, with some crowd members booing Firestorm 2 as a result.

"It was very difficult to call, that one. I think it was really lucky that we got through"
— Alex Mordue after the battle

In the Heat Final, Firestorm 2 faced The Morgue, which was reinstated after Scar was forced to withdraw before the second round.

"We've put our bigger batteries back in, that we had originally, when it came in overweight and we've taken out our little jumping cylinder, which doesn't really affect the robot's performance much, because it didn't really have much effect."
— Alex Mordue
Firestorm vs The Morgue

Firestorm 2 flips The Morgue.

Firestorm 2 chased The Morgue around before finally getting underneath it and tipping it up, but not flipping it over. Firestorm 2 was soon able to get underneath and tip up The Morgue, but again failing to flip it. The Morgue then drove its opponent towards Dead Metal, but Firestorm 2 turned away in time. Firestorm 2 continued to probe away at The Morgue's sides, and after one more incomplete flip, Firestorm 2 was able to flip The Morgue into Matilda's CPZ.

"That was a power spurt, and The Morgue literally flew through the air and into the CPZ."
— Jonathan Pearce

The Morgue rolled onto its wheels again and escaped, but after a head on collision between the two, Firestorm 2 got underneath again and flipped it over, but again it simply rolled onto its wheels. Firestorm 2 tipped it up again before pushing The Morgue into the arena wall and using the flipper again but just could not get it over. The Morgue escaped and pushed Firestorm 2 into the arena wall, but it moved away, and the action drifted towards the pit.

"Oh, look, the pit starts to descend, and they're dangerously close now, The Morgue, and they went down! No, Firestorm's driven in! Were the wedged on? They think they've won it, The Morgue!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Controversial Heat C End

The controversial finish

The pit descended and Firestorm 2 pushed The Morgue towards it. The Morgue reversed onto the edge and appeared to get wedged on the top with its lifting forks, but Firestorm 2 turned round backwards and fell in underneath it. The Morgue team celebrated, thinking they had won, but the judges controversially ruled that The Morgue was stuck over the pit and therefore immobilised first and Firestorm 2 was declared the winner. Like Firestorm 2's previous decision, some of the crowd booed Firestorm after the battle.

Firestorm 2's first round battle of the Series Semi-Finals was a fast and furious battle against the promising newcomer to the main competition, Dominator 2.

Julia Reed: "What's your message for the opposition?"
Graham Bone: "Run away"
— Interview before the Semi-Finals
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Dominator 2 axes Firestorm 2

In the battle, Firestorm 2 immediately came on the attack, driving straight under Dominator 2, flipping it and shoving it around the arena. Dominator 2 rolled onto its side, where it then used its axe to flick itself back onto its wheels. In retaliation, Dominator 2 axed the flipper of Firestorm 2, dragging it around the arena floor. Firestorm 2 attempted to fire its flipper to shake the axe head out, but was unsuccessful and ended up lifting itself off the ground twice before Dominator 2 released it.

"Look at the blade - lifting, plucking at the powerful flipping arm of Firestorm 2."
— Jonathan Pearce on Dominator 2's axe

Dominator 2 was flipped once more, but before it could right itself, Firestorm 2 attacked it and rushed around, ending up pushing it onto its own wheels. Dominator 2 axed into Firestorm 2 as it drove at Dominator 2, with Firestorm 2 batting the axe away with its flipper. Firestorm 2 then drove onto Dominator 2's wedge, and the axe clamped it in place. However, Dominator 2 released Firestorm and backed away for another attack.

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Firestorm 2 has Dominator 2 at the end

Firestorm 2 recovered and once more hurled Dominator 2 onto its rear. Nudging it, Firestorm 2 pushed it over and Dominator 2 self-righted.

"Scarred, Firestorm, badly as well, but always aggressive."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 repeated this, but Dominator 2 was unable to right itself in time to prevent Firestorm 2 slamming it into the side wall. Firestorm 2 attempted to push Dominator 2 out of the arena, but was not in the right position to be successful, and time expired. The judges' decision was one of the closest ever, being a controversial, 2-1 split decision that favoured Dominator 2 by only one point, eliminating Firestorm 2 from the competition, at this relatively early stage of the competition for Firestorm.

"Even more disappointed in the pits when we found that one of their batteries had destroyed itself just at the whistle. If the match had lasted only a couple seconds longer, we would have won. Never mind, there's always next time."
— The Firestorm website[14]

Firestorm 2 also entered the Tag Team Terror tournament that took place during the Christmas specials, where it was paired up with Scorpion.

Graham Bone: "We are the Firestorm team from the north..."
John Bell: "and we are the Scorpion team from the south!"
Alex Mordue: "And we're here as a Tag Team to unite the country!"
— The teams on pairing up
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Firestorm 2 flips Plunderbird 4

In the first round, the pairing were drawn up against Bigger Brother and Plunderbird 4. In the battle, Bigger Brother and Scorpion went out first, it wasn't long before the red machine was toppled; therefore, Firestorm came out of its zone and righted Scorpion.

"Scorpion now flipped up and over by its teammate Firestorm, who seemed to come out of its zone there before it should! Are they disobeying rules immediately?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 retreated as now Plunderbird 4 attacked Scorpion, but then Firestorm 2 shot out of the Red Zone and rammed Plunderbird 4 from behind. Firestorm 2 was warned by Refbot to get back to its zone, which it did, but soon after darted into the Blue Zone and almost toppled its team-mate. Firestorm 2 then bulldozed Plunderbird 4 into the Red Zone, attempting to flip but was lifted by Matilda.

"What on Earth is going on here, Refbot? Control these robots!"
— Jonathan Pearce comments on the madness in the arena.
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Firestorm pinned against the arena wall by Matilda

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Firestorm attempts to get under Bigger Brother

Plunderbird 4 then attempted to crush into the wedge of Firestorm 2, but the Slicer Dicer wasn't working. Firestorm 2 escaped and then attacked Bigger Brother, almost flipping it, but couldn't quite manage it and was again attacked by Matilda. It reversed away from the Red Zone, slamming into Bigger Brother on the way for good measure. It again got underneath Scorpion, slamming it into the seemingly immobile Plunderbird 4. Firestorm released Scorpion from the wedge of Plunderbird, only to be assaulted by Bigger Brother. Firestorm flipped Plunderbird onto its claw, but it dropped down shortly afterwards. It slipped underneath it, but was pinned underneath Plunderbird momentarily, freeing itself to right Scorpion again. Bigger Brother shunted it into Matilda CPZ, where it was flipped against a side wall. It propelled itself away, then righted itself. Firestorm then attacked Bigger Brother, who had flipped Scorpion, but Firestorm failed to flip the bronze robot. Firestorm was pushed against a side wall, while Scorpion was set alight by Sergeant Bash. Bigger Brother pushed Firestorm 2 into a CPZ, but it was soon to escape. It was then forced into the Blue Zone, and was pressurized for the remainder of the battle. The judges gave the win to Firestorm and Scorpion.

Firestorm 2 and Scorpion proceeded into the Final against 101 and King B3.

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Firestorm 2's only attack before it breaks down

Both Firestorm 2 and Scorpion had suffered damage from the last round, and Firestorm 2 in particular had a lot of trouble getting going. Scorpion (still burnt and wearing a plaster over its "eye") started off against King B3, which used its disc, causing sparks. The action drifted towards the red zone, but Scorpion didn't tag Firestorm 2. King B3 then pushed Scorpion into the arena flame jets, but Scorpion managed to escape before it could be burnt again. King B3 continued to attack Scorpion, slamming it multiple times and scratching it with its disc. King B3 then retreated to the blue zone, so 101 came out and started attacking Scorpion. Firestorm 2 came out and lingered next to 101 and Scorpion before moving away. King B3 then came out and attacked Firestorm 2. Scorpion was clutched by Dead Metal, while the other three robots scuffled in the red zone.

"And all of a sudden we've got all four robots on the arena floor! Yes! This is what we want! Scorpion may have gone blind and they've shown a blind eye to rules and regulations! It's gone mad in Robot Wars: Tag Team Terror!"
— Jonathan Pearce

It was now apparent that Firestorm was still suffering from problems, as it struggled for movement, even when King B3 and 101 both rammed it. However, King B3 then drove onto Firestorm's wedge and was flipped onto the top of 101, which took the opportunity to slam its team-mate and rival into the arena wall - Firestorm 2 broke down after this and was not seen again.

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The immobilised Firestorm and crippled Scorpion in their tag zone

"I think the Tag Team Terror has been won by 101 and King B3...and now we have what I thought we'd have, right from the first activate! We've got 101 against King B3, this is a massive grudge!"
— Jonathan Pearce

King B3 retaliated and pushed 101 back, before then pushing the wounded and limping Scorpion back towards the immobilised Firestorm 2. With both of their opponents no longer working properly, King B3 and 101 finally turned on each other for real, pushing each other all around the arena. Dead Metal and Sergeant Bash finally managed to separate them, damaging them in the process.

"...about a second from the end of the match, King B gave us a little shunt and put a spike right through our buffer tank - Cheers!"
— The Firestorm website[15]
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Shunt shoves Firestorm 2 off the sumo ring

Firestorm 2 entered the Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Sumo Basho tournament in the Fourth Wars, but was pushed off in 4 seconds after driving up Shunt's scoop, finishing 15th out of 16 participants.

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Firestorm 2 in the Pinball

It also entered the Pinball Warrior Tournament during the Fourth Wars. Firestorm smashed into the barrels, knocking them down, but couldn't get to Sergeant Bash's target. Then, after being attacked by Dead metal, Firestorm hit the multiball release, then Dead Metal's target and the car doors, but couldn't get underneath Matilda to reach its target. Firestorm scored a mediocre 135 points, equal seventh with Hypno-Disc.

"All of the metal bits in the arena were playing havoc with the reception. One other point to note was the points guarded by Matilda. When the show was filmed, we were given the points because we hit the target under Matilda. When it was shown on TV though, it wasn't included dropping us to about 8th (I think)"
— The Firestorm website[16]

Extreme 1Edit

Firestorm 3 entered three events in Extreme 1. Firestorm 3 took part in the Robot Wars Extreme 1 All-Stars Championship after having reached a Grand-Final and Semi-Final in the previous 2 UK Championships. In the first round, it was drawn against Panic Attack, who Firestorm had taken the crown off in Series 3.

"A bit of a grudge match this one. We'd beaten PA in the semi's of series 3 on a judges decision. Kim reckoned that PA wasn't behaving its self last time around, and that we'd be in trouble this time around. The main reason we beat PA in series 3 was its ground clearance was quite high. This time around, however, PA was wearing a skirt! Should be tricky to get under"
— The Firestorm website[17]
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Firestorm beats Panic Attack for a second time

As soon as Activate was called, Panic Attack charged right at Firestorm 3, but at just the last moment tried to veer to the side. This allowed Firestorm to get right underneath the side of the skirts, and it flipped Panic Attack over.

"It was almost like a suicidal lunge at Firestorm 3"
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm then pushed Panic Attack to the arena wall to prevent it from self-righting, and as the Welsh machine tried to self-right, Firestorm flipped it onto the wall. Panic Attack was left stuck on the wall, with its srimech facing up, so it could not get down. Sir Killalot and Dead Metal nudged Panic Attack to try and get it down, but Panic Attack was still caught on the wall. Firestorm drove under Panic Attack and attempted to flip it, but mistimed its charge, driving under Panic Attack and missing with the flipper. Firestorm pushed Panic Attack from behind, which knocked it from the wall, but it landed on the pincers of Dead Metal. Panic Attack could not get free, and it was counted out. Firestorm 3 progressed to the next round of the competition.

Firestorm 3 was then placed up against Wild Thing in the Quarter-Final round.

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Firestorm's fur is shredded by Wild Thing

It entered the battle garbed in Diotoir's fur. As the battle began, Firestorm 3 immediately got underneath Wild Thing and drove it into an empty CPZ before flipping it over. Wild Thing self-righted just before Dead Metal could grabbed it. After ramming against the house robot, Firestorm pursued Wild Thing. However, Wild Thing was able to outmanoeuvre its opponent, pushing underneath from behind and ramming it against the arena wall. It eventually allowed Firestorm to escape and the two drove around each other. Wild Thing launched a side on attack, tearing away some of the polka-dot fur on Firestorm's side. Firestorm got underneath Wild Thing's front and flipped it over, but Wild Thing righted itself again.

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Firestorm 3 and Wild Thing

After this, the two robots drove around each other again. Wild Thing briefly drove onto Firestorm's wedge, but could not be flipped. After this, it pushed into Firestorm's side, driving it around the arena momentarily. After getting underneath it again, Wild Thing pushed Firestorm towards Dead Metal's CPZ, however Firestorm veered out of the way just in time, resulting in Wild Thing driving into Dead Metal's pincers. Firestorm then moved behind Wild Thing, blocking its escape. As Dead Metal attacked Wild Thing, Firestorm flipped it further into Dead Metal's saw, which also allowed Shunt to attack Wild Thing. Eventually, Wild Thing escaped and tried to attack Firestorm, but its disc was no longer spinning. Firestorm flipped Wild Thing again, but it rolled back onto its wheels. However, Firestorm quickly launched another attack and flipped Wild Thing over. As Wild Thing tried to right itself, Firestorm flipped it again, this time against the arena wall on its front. Wild Thing desperately tried to close its self-righting arm, but as it attempted to open it again, it resulted in pinning the arm open, rendering Wild Thing stuck.

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Firestorm 3 flips Wild Thing

"Wild Thing suddenly on the defensive, the entire battle has been turned on its head!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Unable to move, Wild Thing was counted out by Refbot. Dead Metal and Shunt attacked it before slowly moving it towards the now-open pit. However, as they approached, Firestorm got underneath Dead Metal and tried to push it into the pit as Wild Thing was nudged in. It failed in this, and thrust Dead Metal away. Shunt responded by hitting Firestorm's gas canister with his axe, but caused no damage. Cease was called, but Firestorm was not put off, and quickly flipped Shunt over.

"This was madness, but great fun, great courage, if a little bit crazy!"
— Jonathan Pearce as the battle ends

In the Semi-Final round, Firestorm 3 was drawn up against reigning World Champions Razer.

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Razer holds Firestorm aloft

The battle began quickly, with the two circling each other, before Firestorm drove at Razer. Razer's wedge won out and it immediately gripped Firestorm with its claw, puncturing straight through Firestorm's flipper. Firestorm forced its flipper open in a bid to protect itself, then managed to drive Razer around the arena, but was unable to stop Razer from causing more damage. Razer then raised Firestorm into the air, but Firestorm fell off, only to land on Razer's wedge once more. After making another hole in the flipper, Razer pierced Firestorm's main body.

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Razer fills Firestorm with holes

"Well, this is very one sided, surprisingly so"
— Jonathan Pearce in the opening stages

After driving it around a little more, Razer raised its claw to its fullest height, with Firestorm still firmly attached. Firestorm's attempts to free itself proved futile, and Razer finally lowered it, letting its opponent go. Firestorm once again drove at Razer, only to get caught on its wedge again, and received another hole in its front for its troubles.

"It's kamakaze, really"
— Jonathan Pearce on Firestorm's brave but suicidal attempts

Razer then drove Firestorm into Matilda's CPZ, and both Matilda and Shunt proceeded to attack Firestorm, Shunt hitting it several times with his axe. Despite this, Firestorm managed to survive to a judges' decision, but to no avail: Razer easily won the decision., eliminating Firestorm 3 from the competition.

"Well, we didn't go into this round with high hopes (well would you?) our only chance was if we were low enough to get under the front of Razer and flip them. If we could have we could have stood a good chance. Unfortunately we weren't low enough, so that was it. The only tactic was a frontal assault as Razer is much more manoeuvrable in turning due to its rear wheel design (incidentally a design we were the first to adopt in Series 2 with GroundHog). Anyhow, a few attacks later and Razer had given us some nice ventilation holes. At one point Razer lifted us off the ground and opened its 'wings' - much to the delight of the crowd. We were still running at the end so it went to the judges - it wasn't much of a surprise when they gave it to Razer. Still, could have been worse - we did come out in one piece after all ;)"
— The Firestorm website[18]

Firestorm 3 also took part in a Vengeance battle with Diotoir.

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The offending article and response

Although the two had fought each other in Series 3, the grudge was actually based on an insulting comment that Team Nemesis member Ciaron Byrne (aka Dr Zulu) made about the Firestorm team in the Robot Wars Magazine in his column. An agreement was made that, if Firestorm won, Zulu would write an apology in the magazine. In addition to this, CCTV camera picked up an (obviously staged) illegal sabotage involving Zulu vandalising Firestorm. The Diotoir team were promptly threatened with being stripped of their Sportsmanship Award should it happen again.

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Firestorm overturns Diotoir

In the battle itself, both robots charged at each other, but neither could get under their oppoenent due to theire low ground clearances. Firestorm attempted to drive around the side of Diotoir, but Diotoir kept turning towards it and momentarily got underneath its side, but failed to flip it. The two collided head-on, failing to get under one another again, but moments later, Firestorm got underneath Diotoir from the side and rolled it over until it fell onto its back. Diotoir attempted to right itself, but it only served to knock its eyes off. Refbot came in to investigate Diotoir, but Firestorm sportingly righted Diotoir. However, after pushing the now-blind Diotoir over the flame pit, Firestorm flipped Diotoir over onto its side and left it there to burn. Sergeant Bash also added to the blazing Irish robot's troubles with his flamethrower.

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The burning Diotoir is left on its side. Notice the 'Firestorm are girlies' flag

Only after most of the fur had been burned off did Refbot finally put Diotoir out of its misery and count it out. Firestorm, in giving Diotoir another shove, managed to catch fire itself. Sergeant Bash finally knocked Diotoir off the arena wall and back onto its wheels, revealing that even the metal underneath was badly burnt. Despite being counted out, it still tried to ram Firestorm, but the former grand-finalist simply drove it to the other end of the arena and tried to pin it against the wall.

"Diotoir, a charcolled mess. A nude Diotoir, nuded of fur and Firestorm have well and truly rubbed them in it."
— Jonathan Pearce

Unfortunately for Firestorm, despite winning the vengeance battle, the Robot Wars Magazine was cancelled before Dr Zulu could write his apology

After reaching the All-Stars Semi-Finals, Firestorm 3 was allowed to represent the United Kingdom in the Second World Championships, along with Chaos 2, Razer and Tornado. This competition was also broadcast during Extreme Warriors: Season 1. In the first round of the competition, Firestorm 3 was drawn up against NEAT Machine of the Netherlands, Drillzilla of the United States and Whirlpool 70 of Sweden.

"Like typical American tourists, they're all a bit overweight"
— Alex Mordue on Drillzilla

In the battle, Drillzilla started quickest, pushing straight into Whirlpool 70 and stopping its spinning frame. Firestorm 3 pushed underneath Drillzilla, then forced it into Sir Killalot's CPZ, but failed to flip it. Despite being on Firestorm's wedge, Drillzilla managed to force its British opponent back, before Firestorm pushed it away.

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Firestorm 3 flips NEAT Machine over

"From the start of the fight, we knew that Drillzilla would be our toughest challenge so thats who we went for first. Drillzilla is a tough little bot. Made from at least 10mm Aluminium with eight feet. It makes a noise like a V8 engine revving. That unsettles you before you even get going. Back to the fight. We got a couple of hits on Drillzilla but couldn't get under far enough to use the flipper. We should have got enough traction but up to his old tricks Sir K had been spewing oil all over the arena (he's not quite house trained yet) So our wheels were just spinning and we weren't going anyplace fast."
— The Firestorm website[19]

Drillzilla then clashed with W70, whilst Firestorm pursued NEAT Machine. W70 remained very close to Sir Killalot's CPZ, and Drillzilla pushed it straight into the house robot's claw. Drillzilla pushed NEAT Machine onto Firestorm's wedge, and the UK representative flipped the Dutch entrant over.

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Firestorm turns W70 over

"Now for W70. W70 started life as a pool cleaner. Unfortunately pond scum doesn't move very fast so pool cleaners don't go that fast either. Their spinning weapon looked nasty enough but never got going so they were easy to flip."
— The Firestorm website[20]
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Firestorm is pinned against the arena wall by Drillzilla

Firestorm left NEAT Machine along and ran back to the CPZ where W70 had been left, before flipping it into Sir Killalot, leaving the Swedish machine on its side. Whilst all this was happening, Drillzilla pushed into the back of Firestorm, controlling a lot of its movements. Refbot counted out NEAT Machine right as Killalot placed W70 on the arena flipper. Although it was on its wheels, the Swedish robot was no longer mobile, and no sooner had Refbot counted it out than it was thrown by the floor flipper. Drillzilla managed to push Firestorm from behind straight into the far arena wall, bringing the remains of W70 with it. After a little bit more pushing, the two robots began a more tactical battle, trying to keep their fronts to their opponent, just as Sir Killalot placed NEAT Machine on the floor flipper, sending the Dutch robot flying too. Drillzilla then managed to get behind Firestorm once more and pushed it into the pit release button. The pit release tyre managed to get caught on one of Drillzilla's claws and was pulled clean off. In the last few seconds, Drillzilla managed to get behind Firestorm one last time, slamming it the arena wall in a distant CPZ.

"All that pushing about at the start of the match had taken it's toll on our batteries and they weren't in tip top condition so we couldn't turn as fast as we should have been able to. So we got pushed about a little before the match was over."
— The Firestorm website[21]
The Judges were called to make a decision, and decided that Drillzilla had won on aggression.
"We're a bit gutted with that one, we did all the work with the other two! ... Well, at least we didn't drive into a pit!"
— Graham Bone on his performance, and that of Chaos 2, after the battle

Firestorm 3 was also due to compete in a Mayhem qualifier for one of the two Annihilators, but it withdrew before the competition started, presumably due to the damage it sustained during the Fifth Wars.

Series 5Edit

"They say this is their year, we shall see!"
— Philippa Forrester on Team Firestorm at the start of the Heat

Firestorm 3 was seeded number 7 for the Fifth Wars, where it was drawn against newcomers Bee-Capitator in the first round.

"A new robot this one. Well constructed, although the team didn't have much experience. We did have a few problems though. The rebuild of FireStorm had resulted in a rewire and replum. This time round we decided to have the ability to charge the batteries with the lid on. This meant having some connectors beneath the arm. Before the filming we had tested the electronics, and the pneumatics - no problems. Unfortunately, we had not tested both together. So back to the filming. In the bullpen before the fight, we activated the electronics, checked that everything was working, and then activated the pneumatics. Problem, the arm came down and broke the contact. FireStorm was dead in the water. We had to come out of the bullpen and do a quick rewire before we could continue. Once that was done, it looked like we didn't have any problems"
— The Firestorm website[22]
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Firestorm 3 avoids Bee-Capitator's weapon

Firestorm 3 drove at Bee-Capitator, but the newcomer dodged the seeds, and drove past it, close to Sir Killalot. Firestorm turned around to chase Bee-Capitator, and as Bee-Capitator tried to drive away, Firestorm got underneath it and pushed it across the arena and against the arena wall.

"Firestorm already in underneath though, and that would be the danger for the buzzing bee."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm 3 starts to push Bee-Capitator onto the angle grinder

Firestorm 3 attempted to flip its opponent over, flipping it onto and angle grinder, but Bee-Capitator landed back on its wheels and got away. Bee-Capitator darted across the arena and drove near Matilda's CPZ, with Firestorm 3 slipping in behind Bee-Capitator as it attempted to reverse away. Firestorm 3 tried to flip Bee-Capitator into Matilda's flywheel, but Bee-Capitator slipped off as it was flipped, and Firestorm 3's flipper was buckled by the House Robot's weaponry.

"I know the bee flew, but then the flywheel caught Firestorm!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 3's flipper is buckled
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Bee-Capitator is turned over as Firestorm 3's flipper is buckled

Fortunately for Firestorm 3, Bee-Capitator had landed on its back, and with it unable to self-right, Refbot came in to count it out. Firestorm stood back as the House Robots burnt, attacked and pitted Bee-Capitator.

"Well guys, you've had a third place, you've had a Semi-Final, you're seeded seventh, we've got high hopes for you!"
— Craig Charles reviews Firestorm's history with the team after the fight

The flipper was repaired for Round 2, where Firestorm fought veterans Sir Chromalot.

"...these two, it's a bit of an item going on, they're all loved up, kissy and cuddly, his mind's not on the job! We've got no problem!"
— Confidence from Steve Merrill before the fight, referring to Graham Bone and his partner and team member Hazel Heslop
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Sir Chromalot taken down in a matter of seconds

In one of the quickest immobilisations in Robot Wars history, Firestorm 3 simply slipped underneath Sir Chromalot and flipped it over within five seconds, before pushing it into the arena wall.

"They are worthy competitors because they're great fun, but they've been well beaten here by Firestorm."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm tried to flip Sir Chromalot, but drove out of the CPZ when Sergeant Bash came in. Sergeant Bash pulled Sir Chromalot onto the floor flipper, where it was thrown. Dead Metal then pitted Sir Chromalot. Firestorm was through to the Heat Final, but during the battle, it had some control problems.

"The problem being that we had a reocurrance of the round 1 fault - Loosing forward and backward. We tracked the problem to a dodgy terminal."
— The Firestorm website[23]

In the Heat Final, where it fought previous heat semi-finalists Reactor 2.

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Reactor 2 goes out of the arena

Firestorm 3 immediately drove up onto Reactor 2's flipper, but it was unable to flip the seeded robot. Firestorm 3 was then able to get underneath Reactor 2 and flipped it against Refbot, but Reactor 2 rolled back onto its wheels. Firestorm 3 flipped Reactor 2 again in the middle of the arena and bundled it around the arena to stop it self-righting.

"And pursuing, pressurising, pushing."
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 3 bundles Reactor 2 around the arena

Firestorm 3 eventually nudged Reactor 2 back onto its wheels, but continued its drive and threw Reactor 2 over and into the arena wall. Reactor 2 managed to self-right, but Firestorm 3 rolled it over once more. Firestorm 3 then lifted Reactor 2 up onto the side wall where it dangled for a few moments before finally falling out into the House Robot entrance, giving Firestorm its third consecutive semi-finals place.

Craig Charles: "Are there any improvements you can make for the Series Semi-Finals?"
Graham Bone: "Charge the batteries!"
— Post Heat Final Interview

Firestorm 3's opening semi-final battle saw it get placed up against the number 3 seeds Hypno-Disc.

"Flipper against spinning disc. Classic Robot Wars encounter."
— Jonathan Pearce at the start of the battle
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Firestorm rolls towards the arena side wall, immobilised.

At the start of the battle, both robots drove forward, but both missed their opponent. Hypno-Disc and Firestorm 3 turned on the spot, and Firestorm 3 drove straight into Hypno-Disc, which remained idle near the flame pit. Firestorm 3 drove straight into Hypno-Disc's flywheel. Firestorm 3 was deflected, and rolled partially over the flame pit, as Hypno-Disc backed away. After this blow, Firestorm 3 had been immobilised. Hypno-Disc slammed into Firestorm 3 with the flywheel, sending it rolling towards the CPZ.

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Hypno-Disc pushes the immobile Firestorm 3

As Firestorm 3 remained immobile, Hypno-Disc attacked with the flywheel again, before using its rear end to push Firestorm 3 further into the empty CPZ. Shunt came in, as Hypno-Disc pressed the pit release. Shunt did not attack Firestorm 3, as it was being counted out by Refbot.

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Sir Killalot pits Firestorm 3

"How disappointing for Firestorm. ... What an anticlimax. Beaten by Hypno-Disc's first charge, Graham and Alex and Hazel."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt pushed Firestorm 3 over the flame pit, and then onto the floor flipper. The floor flipper threw Firestorm 3, and it landed back in front of the CPZ where it was counted out earlier in the battle. Firestorm 3 had been inverted offscreen, after which Sir Killalot used the Jaws of Life to pick up Firestorm 3, and drop it into the pit.

However, Firestorm 3 came back strongly to win the Losers' melee up against the 6th seeds Panic Attack and the 10th seeds Wheely Big Cheese.

"The three yellow machines, a banana skin battle developing."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Wheely Big Cheese is attacked by Firestorm 3 while wedged under an angle grinder.

Firestorm 3 started by charging at Wheely Big Cheese, slotting its wedge in between the baseplate and flipper of Wheely Big Cheese, opening the front of it. While Firestorm and Wheely Big Cheese were connected, Panic Attack got under one of Wheely Big Cheese's spiked wheels, and lifted it up. Wheely Big Cheese slipped off, causing Firestorm 3 to land on Panic Attack's lifting prongs, before both backed away. Wheely Big Cheese drove into Panic Attack's front, not getting underneath, before Firestorm was able to get under Wheely Big Cheese's rear and push it into the arena side wall, seemingly unable to fire its flipper after damage sustained in previous battles. Firestorm made another charge at Wheely Big Cheese's side, before crashing into the arena side wall near the pit release. Panic Attack was pushing against Wheely Big Cheese before Firestorm slotted under Wheely Big Cheese, then found itself wedged onto Panic Attack's side. Panic Atack lingered around the pit release, where Wheely Big Cheese got under its front, overturned it, and throwing it into the arena side wall. As Wheely Big Cheese's flipper remained open, Firestorm 3 drove under Wheely Big Cheese, buffeting it, before ramming Panic Attack, then Wheely Big Cheese again. Panic Attack was making little movement, remaining beside the pit release, as Wheely Big Cheese fired its flipper again with nothing on top of it. This caused Wheely Big Cheese to bounce on the arena floor, an opportunity Firestorm used to push Wheely Big Cheese into the CPZ. While Wheely Big Cheese was in the CPZ, Firestorm's flipper activated for the first time in the match, pushing Wheely Big Cheese slightly.

"Trying to toss 99 kilos of cheese out of the arena."
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 3 thrusts Wheely Big Cheese into the arena wall

Both robots lingered in the CPZ as Sergeant Bash came in. Firestor was then able to get fully underneath the wedge of Wheely Big Cheese, flipping it against the arena side wall twice, as Sergeant Bash fired its flamethrower. Once Wheely Big Cheese was able to escape Firestorm's wedge, it drove straight under an angle grinder, where it became stuck. Firestorm slotted under Wheely Big Cheese, firing its flipper, before backing away. Sergeant Bash used its flamethrower again, while it became evident that Wheely Big Cheese's wheels were turning, but the robot was stuck under the angle grinder. Refbot freed Wheely Big Cheese from the angle grinder, but Wheely Big Cheese drove straight back into the arena side wall and Sergeant Bash again. Panic Attack was still merely twitching beside the pit release. Sergeant Bash tried to close its jaws on Wheely Big Cheese, but was not fast enough to crumple the machine before it could escape. Firestorm nudged Panic Attack, which was eventually able to reverse away, then trapped Firestorm in an empty CPZ, unsuccessfully trying to lift it.

"Firestorm has done all the work, for me, thus far."
— Jonathan Pearce

Panic Attack reversed into the centre of the arena, but Firestorm charged towards Panic Attack, buckling a side skirt by driving at the front of it. Panic Attack then reversed into an angle grinder beside the flame pit, allowing Firestorm to get completely underneath Panic Attack. Firestorm did not flip Panic Attack, however, instead just remaining idle over the flame pit itself.

"OH, Firestorm is in underneath! Can we see a flip here!? No, they've missed an opportunity."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Panic Attack's final onslaught. Note one of its skirts bent upwards.

Wheely Big Cheese was immobile against an arena side wall, as Refbot began to count it out. Firestorm had pushed Panic Attack into Dead Metal's CPZ, getting under one of its side skirts, bending it upwards. Refbot's count reached 10, and Wheely Big Cheese was eliminated from the Losers' Melee. Firestorm got undern Panic Attack again, raising it with its flipper, and Panic Attack drove into another angle grinder. Panic Attack aligned itself with Firestorm 3, getting underneath Firestorm's wedge using its lifting prongs, and lifting it against the arena side wall, before Dead Metal pushed both away, causing minor damage to Panic Attack with the static spike on its rear. Despite Panic Attack finishing the stronger, the Judges awarded the victory to Firestorm 3 on the basis of a stronger performance throughout.

"You're though, but when you get to realise who you're gonna be fighting next, maybe it wasn't such a good idea! You've got Hypno-Disc, Dominator or Pussycat! I'll just say that again; HYPNO-DISC, DOMINATOR OR PUSSYCAT!"
— Craig Charles to Team Firestorm after the battle

Firestorm went back into the competition were they went up against the 2nd seeds Pussycat.

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Firestorm 3 traps Pussycat in the CPZ.

Both robots clashed immediately, with Firestorm bumping Pussycat off the ground. Firestorm got under Pussycat again. However, Pussycat went over the top. Pussycat span up its blade, which made contact with Firestorm as it was being pushed onto its back by Firestorm's wedge. Firestorm got behind Pussycat and pushed it across the arena, slamming it into an angle grinder near the flame pit, overturning it with the flipper. Firestorm pushed Pussycat into another arena side wall, this time near the pit release, lightly lifting Pussycat with its flipper. Both robots circled around each other, before Firestorm 3 finally got underneath, but to no significant avail. Pussycat glanced Firestorm 3 with its blade, but Firestorm 3 was left relatively unharmed.

"Firestorm here, doing all the driving."
— Jonathan Pearce

Both robots only made slight contact with each other, until Firestorm got under Pussycat and lifted it, where Pussycat balanced precariously on top of Firestorm's flipper, before being tossed away. Pussycat charged at Firestorm again, but drove straight up Firestorm's wedge, and was flipped. Pussycat lingered by the flame pit, and was flipped again. Firestorm pushed Pussycat towards an empty CPZ, before turning in circles and crashing into the side wall. Firestorm then pushed Pussycat into the pit release, activating the pit, before flipping Pussycat again. Both robots moved to the opposite end of the arena, where Firestorm flipped Pussycat again. Pussycat fled, but drove into Shunt's CPZ, where Firestorm kept it in place for Shunt to attack with its axe. While Shunt's axe remained on top of Pussycat, Firestorm flipped again, but this allowed Pussycat to escape. Shunt, having activated its axe with Pussycat still in front of it, inadvertedly attacked Firestorm. Pussycat buffeted Firestorm again, inflicting damage, before Firestorm 3 retaliated, knocking Pussycat almost onto its side. Firestorm accidentally drove into Shunt's CPZ, which immediately fired its axe upon Firestorm. Pussycat drove into the same CPZ, where Firestorm flipped it twice, pressing it against the arena side wall, while being axed again by Shunt, and then lifted by Shunt's scoop. Firestorm 3 was axed again as Pussycat moved away. Shunt continued to axe Firestorm, lifting it with its scoop and pushing it into the main arena again. By this point, Firestorm 3's movement was minimal, and Pussycat attacked again.

"Oh no! Oh no! What's happened to Firestorm? For a minute I thought they were immobilised."
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 3 progress momentarily slows
Firestorm 3 vs. Pussycat (2)

Pussycat breaks through Firestorm 3's armour.

Firestorm 3 started moving properly again, but drove back into Shunt's CPZ, where Pussycat landed a heavy blow on Firestorm. Firestorm tried to escape to the arena centre, but Pussycat attacked Firestorm's side, jamming its blade into Firestorm's armour.

"Late onslaught here by Pussycat, for me it's come too late."
— Jonathan Pearce

After a few seconds, Firestorm freed itself and rammed Pussycat one last time, putting Pussycat onto its side, as time ran out. Despite Pussycat's late comeback, Firestorm 3 was awarded the victory by the Judges.

"A little bit battered now, but it's done us proud, so whatever happens to us now dosen't really matter."
— Graham Bone on his machine after the battle

In its Grand Final eliminator, Firestorm 3 was drawn against Razer for the second time in series history.

Razer vs firestorm 3

Razer crushes the interior of Firestorm 3

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Firestorm 3 pins Razer by the angle grinder

Just as it had in Extreme, Razer grabbed Firestorm and pierced straight into its front. Firestorm's flipper fired, and Razer carved into the exposed mechanism. Firestorm fell free, but Razer's beak crushed into Firestorm's innards once more. Firestorm 3 finally escaped, but its flipper mechanism was stuck open.

"Look at the front flipper, is that not wedged open or do my eyes deceive me, which means the very innards of Firestorm are now open for any Razer attack."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm 3 pushes Razer across the pit of oblivion

Firestorm rammed Razer, and turned back before attacking again. Razer caught Firestorm and crushed it, crumpling the flipper down and back into place to cover the internals. However, with its restored wedge, Firestorm managed to get beneath Razer and slam it into the angle grinders. Razer shifted position and managed to crush into Firestorm, dislocating part of the armour plate. Razer became wedged beneath the angle grinder, but Refbot nudged it free, and Razer dodged Sergeant Bash. Razer grabbed Firestorm 3 again and pierced it, but Firestorm drove forward and crossed the corner of the pit, very nearly pushing Razer in.

"Oh! How did they survive that? I've heard of walking on water, but walking across the Pit of Oblivion? Never before have we seen that!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Cease is called

Razer and Firestorm both dodged out of Bash's CPZ, and pressed against each other. Firestorm pushed Razer into the CPZ of Bash once more. Razer drove out, and then back in, carrying Firestorm 3 with it, but it released Firestorm in the CPZ and darted away, leaving its adversary to be attacked by Bash. Firestorm 3 escaped and ran into Razer, whose beak had weakened significantly and was unable to pierce through the flipper. Shunt axed both machines as they drew close to its CPZ, and Razer pulled out, dragging Firestorm with it. Cease was called as time ran out.

"And it looks as if we're going to go to the judges. This was an unbelievable contest! What a battle - one of the closest I've seen, nip and tick, no quarter was asked nor given. And I don't think we've seen its like before!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Judges examination

Martin Smith, Myra Wilson and Noel Sharkey examine Firestorm and confer with Derek Foxwell

The judges, based on the amount of damage taken by Firestorm, gave the fight to Razer.

"They want everybody to know that it is the closest fight they've ever marked on Robot Wars. Its the hardest decision they've ever had to make on Robot Wars. See, I think you won aggression - you pushed them around, nearly got them in pits twice. Razer's always going to win style. It came down to damage."
— Craig Charles
Firestorm 3

Comparison of Firestorm at the first fight of the series and its last

Firestorm 3 went into the Playoff for third place, where it was drawn against Hypno-Disc for the second time in the series. With its flipper still out of commission from the previous fight, the team had used the extra weight to add additional armour that enabled it to stand up to the blade of Hypno-Disc, although Firestorm 3 did lose its wheel armour on both sides exposing its tyres.

"There's nothing to lose, everything to play for, and Hypno-Disc is involved. What more could you hope for?"
— Philippa Forrester
Firestorm vs hypno-disc

Firestorm 3 shoves Hypno-Disc

Hypno-Disc turned side on and the disc began spinning, but the armoured Firestorm charged in and slammed into the disc, pushing Hypno-Disc into the side wall. It then reversed it towards the CPZ, and contact between the two caused Hypno-Disc to jump into the air. Driving away, Hypno-Disc attempted to spin and attack, but the armoured front of Firestorm 3 deflected the blow. Firestorm continued relentlessly, attempting twice to get beneath Hypno-Disc but being deflected by the disc on both occasions. Firestorm crashed into Sir Killalot, and as it fled, Hypno-Disc cut a deep welt in its side. Firestorm activated the pit and charged back at Hypno-Disc, managing to get into a position where Firestorm was not touching the disc. Firestorm pushed Hypno-Disc towards the pit, and both robots fell in.

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Both machines crash into the pit

"Firestorm onto the side of Hypno-Disc again. Across the arena, at up to 12 miles an hour- They've both gone down! Work that one out!"
— Jonathan Pearce

The judges called for a rematch, although Hypno-Disc had broken down, and could not participate.

Craig Charles: "The judges said they want a rematch. Is that okay with you?"
Dave Rose: "We'd like to do it, but unfortunately we're actually immobile. We've lost some electronics somewhere, so we can't continue."
Craig Charles: "So you can't continue?"
Derek Rose: "The weapon's working, the self-righter's working, but we think something's come loose when we hit the pit"
Craig Charles: "Well, unfortunately then, if you're immobilised, you know the rules, the decision has gone to Firestorm!"
— The confirmation

This awarded the win, and third place in Robot Wars, to Firestorm 3. At the end of the series, Firestorm 3 was nominated for the Best Engineered Robot Award but lost out to Derek.

Series 6Edit

Firestorm 4 returned for the Sixth Wars, as the third seeds following its performance in Series 5. It was placed in Heat B of the main competition, facing veterans Mega Hurts 2, and newcomers Cedric Slammer and Colossus in its first round melee.

"They all seem pretty good robots, but they do have the ground clearance."
— Graham Bone on his opponents
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Firestorm flips Cedric Slammer

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Firestorm negates the srimech of Cedric Slammer

Cedric Slammer and Colossus fought each other at the start, and Firestorm pushed past Mega Hurts 2 to join the fight, flipping Cedric Slammer towards the CPZ of Sir Killalot. Firestorm wedged itself against Killalot's claw, but escaped, along with Cedric Slammer. Firestorm then flipped Cedric Slammer once more, and when Cedric Slammer attempted to self-right, Firestorm used its wedge to push Cedric Slammer, negating the srimech from working.

"...It seems to me that Firestorm 4 certainly has put pain to Cedric Slammer."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm knocks out Colossus

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Firestorm hurls over Mega Hurts 2

Having defeated Cedric Slammer, Firestorm caught up with Colossus and Mega Hurts 2 which were fighting each other. Firestorm flipped Colossus into Sir Killalot's CPZ, leaving its back facing the wall, and preventing it from self-righting. Sir Killalot closed in on Colossus, and Firestorm targeted Mega Hurts 2, flipping it over and crumpling the monitor on top.

"Firestorm looking pretty impressive so far, now they've gone after Mega Hurts! This is very good driving by Graham Bone! Very aggressive!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm in the pit

Firestorm pitted the remnants of Mega Hurts 2. Firestorm then chased after Cedric Slammer, which had been righted somehow. Firestorm accidentally drove past Cedric Slammer and drove into the pit.

"Oh, that's all we need! Mayhem, absolute mayhem!"
— Jonathan Pearce

With all four robots immobilised, cease was called. Craig Charles announced the verdict of the judges - Cedric Slammer and Colossus had been immobilised first, meaning that Firestorm 4 and Mega Hurts 2 went through to the next round.

In the second round of the heat, Firestorm 4 was placed up against another newcomer in Barbaric Response.

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Barbaric Response clamps down

Both machines darted around the arena, trying to keep the low part of the robot facing its opponent at all times. However, when Barbaric Response activated the pit, Firestorm was able to get beneath it briefly. Barbaric Response quickly escaped and retaliated, flipping Firestorm up but not over.

"It would be a huge surprise here if Barbaric Response were to win this battle."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm flips Barbaric Response

Firestorm landed back on its wheels and Barbaric Response clamped its flipper down on Firestorm's rear. However, when Barbaric Response closed its flipper, it raised its baseplate off the ground and allowed Firestorm to easily slip beneath it, pushing it away and flicking it aside with its flipper. The two robots darted around near the pit, with the swifter Firestorm darting beneath Barbaric Response's ground clearance. Firestorm then pushed Barbaric Response into Refbot, flipping it onto its back. Barbaric Response flipped itself back onto its wheels. As Barbaric Response drove back, Firestorm pushed Refbot aside and flipped it onto its side.

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Firestorm and the immobilised Refbot

"Refbot gets far too close!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm flipped Barbaric Response several times, but accidentally wedged itself beneath an angle grinder. Escaping, Firestorm flipped Barbaric Response against an angle grinder, where it was stranded. Mr. Psycho loomed closer, but without Refbot to count Barbaric Response out, it was not permitted to attack. Eventually, cease was called.

Craig Charles: "That was fairly easy, wasn't it?"
Graham Bone: "Not really, no. We got them up against the side there, and I could've had a bit more fun, but I wasn't that confident that we'd be able to immobilise them again, so I had to leave them."
— After the battle

Firestorm was through to the Heat Final.

"Graham is very cool. You very rarely see even a bead of sweat, even in the most difficult fights. He's a fantastic driver. Firestorm, this year, could go all the way, I think, because it's just zipping around like nobody's business."
— Praise from Phillipa Forrester before the Heat Final

In the Heat Final, Firestorm 4 was placed against former semi-finalists X-Terminator.

"Well, I haven't seen the axe working, so we should be alright. We've been up against Dominator before, and we're a lot thicker now than we were back then."
— Graham Bone before the battle
X-Terminator Firestorm 2

X-Terminator gets underneath Firestorm 4

The robots drove carefully around each other to begin with, both trying to get in to use their weapon effectively, but neither getting in a good position. Firestorm drove over a CO2 vent, and X-Terminator activated the pit. When the two came together, X-Terminator's ground clearance was the lower, but its axe seemed to be broken, and it was unable to use it as a flipping arm successfully. Firestorm got under X-Terminator, but Firestorm turned, causing X-Termminator to fall off the wedge. X-Terminator reversed away, driving onto the flame pit. Firestorm pursued, and when X-Terminator got the scoop under it, Firestorm turned off. X-Terminator drove away, and turned to face Firestorm on a CO2 vent.

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Firestorm props X-Terminator against the wall

Firestorm pushed X-Terminator into Shunt's CPZ, but drove into the House Robot itself, driving up the scoop. Shunt used its axe to knock Firestorm off, and it quickly escaped, followed by X-Terminator. Firestorm got under X-Terminator, but allowed it to escape. X-Terminator drove away, but drove to the arena disc, and the scoop briefly got caught, allowing Firestorm to catch up. Firestorm pushed X-Terminator towards the pit and tried to flip it in, but it was not close enough, so X-Terminator was able to reverse away.

"Goodness me, that was close."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm flips Shunt

Firestorm attacked the broadside of X-Terminator, flipping it and sending it tumbling against the side wall. With the axe not working and the side srimechs out of position, X-Terminator was unable to pull itself back into the battle. Shunt nudged its way in, and Firestorm attacked it. Shunt axed Firestorm, but Firestorm pulled away and got beneath the House Robot, spinning it around and flipping it onto its back.

"Shunt overturned! The crowd love it when the House Robots are flipped and tipped, and beaten and bullied, and we remember it! We will have our day! We will have our day, Firestorm team!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm rights Shunt as Refbot's count begins

X-Terminator finally got its axe working, but the attempted self-right resulted in X-Terminator being on its back with the axe extended. Firestorm righted Shunt and continued battling it as Refbot counted out X-Terminator. Cease was called.

"Well, he was either going to attack them with his axe, or he was going to knock them off the side, and I didn't want either of them"
— Graham Bone explains why he attacked Shunt after the battle
Firestorm IV vs 13Black

Both robots are stranded on the arena wall

Firestorm vs 13 Black

Firestorm 4 flips 13 Black

In the Series Semi-Finals, Firestorm 4 was placed up against the rising stars 13 Black in the first round. In this battle, 13 Black drove straight at Firestorm, driving up the wedge. 13 Black tried to drive off, but it couldn't get away fast enough. Firestorm pushed it back and flipped it, but flipped it at the wrong angle, so failed to turn it over, flicking it away instead. Firestorm got under again straight away and pushed 13 Black around the arena before flipping it over as it neared the other arena side wall, throwing it against an angle grinder. 13 Black tried to carry on moving with the discs, but little movement occurred. Firestorm 4 then tried to flip 13 Black onto the arena side wall, but as it did so, got its end caught on the arena wall as well. Refbot came in to knock 13 Black down from the wall, then freed Firestorm. Firestorm drove back at 13 Black, but became caught on its aerial, and as it drove away, it did a wheely, and drove onto an angle grinder where it became stuck again. Refbot knocked it free, and Firestorm drove around to attack 13 Black again. 13 Black was making only slight movement with the discs, and Firestorm got under it and flipped it against the arena wall. Firestorm stood back as Refbot counted 13 Black out. After "cease" was called, Firestorm knocked 13 Black off the wall.

In the second round, Firestorm 4 was drawn up against the number 7 seeds S3.

S3 vs Firestorm

Firestorm flips out S3

At the start, the two robots cautiously approached each other. Firestorm got under S3, but S3 kept turning off the wedge as Firestorm tried pushing it, so Firestorm could not flip it. S3 managed to get away from Firestorm, and drove towards the top of the arena. As S3 turned to face Firestorm, Firestorm caught up with it, but when it tried to get under S3, S3 merely fell off. S3 turned to face Firestorm again, and Firestorm pushed it into the arena wall and flipped it against Refbot.

"Something came off the arena side wall, such was the power of Firestorm's thrust!"
— Jonathan Pearce

S3 failed to get away, spinning on the spot, then stopping, so Firestorm got under it and pushed it towards the arena side wall. S3 fell off, but drove into the wall, allowing Firestorm to get under it again and flip it. S3 became propped up on the arena disc button, but due to its shape and exposed wheels, it was able to get down. However, it fell right onto Firestorm, which flipped it again, and this time, the disc was hanging over the wall, and the weight caused it to fall over the wall.

"They teetered and they toppled, and Firestorm have flicked them out"
— Jonathan Pearce, at the end of the battle

In the Grand Final, Firestorm 4 was placed up against the number 12 seeds Tornado.

"I can't believe you're still looking laid back at this stage, just before the final, because they're still fixing, I mean they've had a lot to do, and you're perfect running order!"
— Phillipa Forrester to Team Firestorm
Tornado vs Firestorm IV

Firestorm flips Tornado

Tornado started quickly, getting its scoop under Firestorm. Tornado pushed Firestorm 4 around the arena and into Mr. Psycho's CPZ, but it quickly escaped. Firestorm 4 came back strong, pushing Tornado into Shunt, who attacked with the axe. Firestorm 4 chased Tornado around, and the latter activated the pit release button. Tornado pushed Firestorm 4 into a CPZ, where Shunt attacked both robots, leaving a large gash in Tornado's top. Both robots escaped, and Tornado got under Firestorm again and pushed it down the arena, but Firestorm 4 turned off the wedge and pushed Tornado into another CPZ.

"What a battle this is! Very even."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt came in, and Firestorm flipped Tornado out of the CPZ. However, Firestorm drove into the arena wall, where Shunt axed it. Firestorm turned around, but turned too far, and drove into the wall again. It managed to turn out of the CPZ, where Tornado was waiting. This time, Firestorm got its flipper under Tornado, and flipped it over so that Tornado's front wedge became useless. However, Firestorm 4 flipped it back over and Tornado rammed Firestorm 4 into the arena wall again.

Firestorm 3 vs Tornado

Tornado pushes Firestorm 4 towards the pit of oblivion

""Come into my parlour" said the spider to the fly, and Firestorm did just that."
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 4 drives onto Tornado's wedge.

Tornado got underneath again and pushed Firestorm down the arena, into the arena wall. Firestorm got away, Tornado got under again and pushed, but Firestorm drove off the scoop. Firestorm tried to get the flipper under Tornado, but drove up the wedge twice. Tornado tried to push Firestorm into the pit, but just missed, then reversed and pushed Firestorm 4 into the pit of oblivion on the second attempt.

"Once again, they'll have to Playoff for third place!"
— Jonathan Pearce

However, Firestorm 4 still had to fight in the play-off battle, up against the unseeded Terrorhurtz machine.

"Very little ground clearance on Terrorhurtz, for Firestorm to exploit..."
— Jonathan Pearce at the start of the battle
Firestorm IV vs Terrorhurtz

Terrorhurtz strikes Firestorm 4

Terrorhurtz vs Firestorm 3

A battered Firestorm 4 machine secures another third place

In this battle, Firestorm 4 started quickly and attacked Terrorhurtz, pushing it back, but then drove into the CPZ and was attacked by Shunt. Terrorhurtz came in and made a big hole in the armour of Firestorm 4 with the axe, but then it appeared to stop moving. Firestorm 4 was having mobility problems too, but Terrorhurtz was clearly immobilised and was counted out. Despite being counted out, Terrorhurtz was still able to swing its axe and jump around wildly on the arena floor, leaving Shunt and Dead Metal to evade its attacks. Shunt caught Terrorhurtz broadside and pushed it onto the floor flipper. Terrorhurtz was thrown by the floor flipper and pitted by Shunt and Dead Metal, meaning that Firestorm claimed third place for the second year running, and third time overall.

"You came; third in the third war, you were third in the fifth war, and you're third, in the sixth war!"
— Craig Charles, pointing out Firestorm's consistency

Extreme 2Edit

"Third twice in a row in the UK championships. Now even more durable!"
— Jonathan Pearce introduces Firestorm in the All-Stars
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Firestorm 4's new front blade

For reaching the Grand Final in the Sixth Wars, Firestorm 4 took part in the All-Stars tournament in the second series of Extreme. Firestorm 4 was placed in Heat A of the competition, and was also fitted with a strip of steel to help get under opponents more easily. Firestorm 4 was placed up against Bigger Brother and S3 in the first round melee. Having lost to both of its opponents before, S3 included an anti-flipper plate onto their disc housing, in the hope that flippers would fail to get underneath S3 and be driven onto the disc; however these would be their undoing.

Bigger Brother vs Firestorm

The two qualifiers brawl

Firestorm charged at S3, but before it reached S3, Bigger Brother rammed its side. It pudhed it and tried to flip it, but missed. Firestorm drove around S3, which turned to face Firestorm. Firestorm tried to get under S3, but S3 knocked it away with the disc. Firestorm got under one of S3's wheels and pushed it against an angle grinder. Bigger Brother got behind S3 and flipped it onto Firestorm. Firestorm knocked S3 aside, getting under Bigger Brother and slamming it into an angle grinder. Meanwhile, S3 was stuck upright, on one wheel and the disc, the anti-flipper plates preventing it from getting down. Firestorm drove through it, then Bigger Brother got under it, and swiftly pushed it to the arena wall and flipped it out. Firestorm then charged at Bigger Brother and overturned it, but it self-righted, only to be thrown over again and pushed into Mr. Psycho.

"Firestorm attacking Bigger Brother now, well this is for pride and maybe a bit of a grudge, because S3 has gone!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Despite the fighting between the two robots, both qualified for the second round.

In the second round, Firestorm 4 was placed up against Dantomkia.

"I think we're very evenly matched"
— Graham Bone before the battle.
Firestorm v Dantomkia

Firestorm 4 flips Dantomkia into the CPZ

Firestorm vs Dantomkia

Firestorm pushes Dantomkia into the pit

Both sides commented on how evenly matched the two machines were, but this proved wrong as Firestorm began easily the stronger, getting under Dantomkia, pushing it and nearly throwing it over in seconds, before pushing it towards Sergeant Bash. Dantomkia was then overturned, but self-righted instantly, before being flipped again, once again righted itself. The third flip proved more troublesome, as Dantomkia landed on Sergeant Bash as it tried to right itself. Bash cornered Dantomkia and tried to grip the arm with his jaws, but backed off before it could do so. Eventually Dantomkia self-righted, and escaped, meanwhile Firestorm turned on Sergeant Bash temporarily, pushing it out of the CPZ, before returning to Dantomkia, overturning it yet again, but once again Dantomkia self-righted, and came in on the attack, overturning Firestorm, who also self-righted effortlessly. Firestorm retaliated, flipping Dantomkia over twice, and pushing it into Shunt's CPZ, the House Robot attacking the top of Dantomkia. Firestorm escaped the CPZ whilst Dantomkia was being attacked, but its flipper had become wedged open whilst flipping Dantomkia into the corner. Firestorm shoved Dantomkia up against the arena wall, and it self righted, however this was the last move of the machine, as it broke down after this, and it was attacked by Shunt, who Firestorm then tried to flip. Refbot came in and counted out Dantomkia. Firestorm then slid under Dantomkia and pushed it to the pit and pushed it in. It turned out in the end that Dantomkia's batteries had failed.

"Flipping brilliant!"
— Craig Charles, post battle

The Heat Final saw Firestorm 4 placed up against Bigger Brother again, after they defeated Tornado in the previous round.

Philippa Forrester: "Who's the better driver?"
Graham Bone: "I wouldn't say I'm the better driver."
Philippa Forrester: "Right, OK. Who's got the more powerful flipper?"
Graham Bone: "They've got the more powerful flipper, but we've got more flips!"
Philippa Forrester: "You've got more flip? All right, that's interesting, and who's more manoeuvrable?"
Graham Bone: "It's probably fairly evenly matched, it's maneouvrability in a different way though, because of the different drive mechanisms."
— Pre-battle interview
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Firestorm flips over Bigger Brother

Firestorm 4 immediately charged at Bigger Brother, but got stuck under the disc of doom. It freed itself but got stuck again whilst chasing Bigger Brother, however this proved a good thing as Bigger Brother ran up on the disc, which is slightly above floor level, and onto Firestorm's wedge. Firestorm flipped it over, but Bigger Brother easily self-righted. After riding on Firestorm's wedge, Bigger Brother bounced down and went on the attack, flicking Firestorm up, but not flipping it over.

Firestorm IV vs Bigger Brother

Firestorm continues its assault

The two robots spent a lot of time pushing one another, before Firestorm flipped Bigger Brother onto its back by the arena wall, but once again Bigger Brother recovered. Bigger Brother missed an opportunity, as Firestorm was wedged under the angle grinders, leaving the sides a sitting duck, but Firestorm spun away before Bigger Brother could take advantage. Firestorm once again went on the offensive, this time pushing Bigger Brother across the arena and slammed it into the opposite wall. Sergeant Bash attempted to crush the side of Bigger Brother, as the two robots had strayed into a CPZ, but failed to and Firestorm carried Bigger Brother away on its wedge.

Craig Charles: "What went wrong?"
Joe Watts: "Something went silly with the gas"
— Post battle
Bigger Brother vs Firestorm IV

Bigger Brother lifts Firestorm

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Bigger Brother crashes out of the All-Stars

Firestorm then pressed the pit release button, and Firestorm shoved Bigger Brother against the corner of the arena, just failing to overturn it before the arrival of Sergeant Bash and Shunt, who axed the top of Bigger Brother. The two robots escaped, and met again in the centre of the arena. Bigger Brother this time went on the attack, as Firestorm's flipper appeared to have wedged open. Firestorm retaliated, and flipped over Bigger Brother, who had run out of CO2, and Firestorm pushed it into the pit. Firestorm went through to the

Craig Charles: "Who do you think your robot is susceptible to?"
Graham Bone: "We've lost to Razer a couple of times"
— Graham Bone, not knowing that Razer would be waiting for him in the final

At the end of Heat B, it became apparent that Firestorm 4 would have to go up against Razer in the final, a robot that had beaten Firestorm twice before.

"...Razer blew it in the Sixth War, but it was very controversial, because Tornado had adapted its robot so Razer couldn't get at it, I don't think Firestorm can do that, and the claw of Razer is mighty and they've come back, they want to prove themselves all over again, people think they're on the slid now, because they lost the Sixth War, but I think Razer have got a little bit too much, and I'm going to go for Razer myself"
— Criag Charles, agreeing with Jonathan Pearce's prediction that Razer would win
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Firestorm 4 wedges under Razer

The battle started cautiously as both robots circled in the centre of the arena, looking to find a gap in the other to exploit. Firestorm 4 eventually rode up the front of Razer and pushed it back in towards Dead Metal, who kicked sparks into the air with its circular saw before Razer finally wriggled out of the House Robot's grip. Meanwhile, in attempting to keep up its pressure on Razer, Firestorm 4 got itself stuck under the angle grinder. Razer caused little damage when it came across, however, and instead, with the help of Dead Metal, unpinned Firestorm 4. Firestorm 4 instantly came back onto the attack by getting under the front of Razer but couldn't manage to fully throw it over with its flip. Firestorm 4 then drove onto Razer's wedge again, and although it managed to force Razer backwards once more, the defending All-Stars champion had penetrated Firestorm 4's armour sufficiently enough for it to be able to lift Firestorm 4 up into the air as the beak retracted.

"Out come the wings of victory which signal the wings of doom for the defeated."
— Jonathan Pearce as Razer hoists Firestorm 4 aloft
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Firestorm 4 succumbs to Razer once again

Finally, Firestorm 4 came back down onto the arena floor and tried to retreat, but Razer gave it no room to breathe and brought its crushing arm down onto the top of Firestorm 4. Firestorm 4 edged its way towards the pit, clearly limited in its movement, before Razer came in and inflicted more punishment onto Firestorm 4. Firestorm 4 then pushed the pit release button after a nudge from Razer, and was slowly pushed towards the pit before finally falling in to confirm Razer as the winner and the All-Stars champion for a second time.

Craig Charles: "He made you look like a tea bag that time though, like 1000 perforations!"
Graham Bone: "Nah, it's not that bad, it was the one big hole in the top, that's taken out the battery, that's why we couldn't go forwards and backwards any more."
Craig Charles: "Are you gutted?"
Graham Bone: "Not really, no."
Craig Charles: "I mean you must have thought "third time lucky", surely!"
Graham Bone: "We did, but I mean second is nothing to be ashamed about, it's a good position!"
— Post-battle interview

Firestorm 4 also represented England in the Commonwealth Carnage competition in the second series of Extreme. Originally, the winner of the All-Stars tournament was meant to represent England in this tournament, but Firestorm, the runner up, took the place of Razer, presumably because Razer was fighting in the European Championship, as reigning world champion.

"Representing England, the pressure's on!"
— Philippa Forrester to Graham Bone, at the start of the Commonwealth Carnage
Firestorm IV vs Weld-Dor 3

Firestorm 4 flips Weld-Dor 3 out of the arena...

Firestorm IV vs Bondi-Titch

...and throws Bondi-Titch out as well

In the first round, it was placed up against Weld-Dor 3 of Northern Ireland, Corkscrew of Scotland and Bondi Titch of Australia. In the battle, Firestorm 4 started very promisingly, as it chased after Weld-Dor 3 and flipped it over. Wel-Dor swiftly self-righted, before Firestorm got under and flipped it again. Weld-Dor 3 then failed to self-right, remaining still and not using the flipper. After being knocked by Corkscrew and pushed by Bondi Titch, it fired the flipper in an attempt to self-right, but the robot's own spinning bar prevented it from doing so. Firestorm took advantage by flipping Weld-Dor 3 into an unoccupied CPZ, while a huge amount of CO2 vented from the Northern Irish machine, and Firestrom flipped Wel-Dor out of the arena. Bondi Titch opened the pit, and Firestorm got under it and flipped it against the arena wall, trying to get it out. Bondi Titch was stuck on its side, but Firestorm tried getting under it again, knocking it back on its wheels in the process. Bondi Titch struggled to move away, so Corkscrew charged in, almost driving into the pit as it did so, knocking it off the arena wall on the first hit, then ripping off a back panel. Firestorm came in and flipped Bondi Titch against the arena side wall, then drove round its front and rammed it into the corner. It tried to flip it out, but failed to do so. Firestorm tried to flip Bondi Titch out twice more, merely flipping it against the wall each time, then backed out of the CPZ when Mr Psycho came in. Psycho hammered the Australian representative, but Bondi Titch managed to drive out of the CPZ. Firestorm got under it and flipped it back into the CPZ, and Bondi Titch narrowly reversed away from a hammer blow. Firestorm 4 then pushed Bondi Titch against the arena side wall, and finally succeeded in flipping Bondi Titch out of the arena, putting Firestorm 4 through to the next round of the competition, along with Corkscrew.

"Spectacular, the English hope!"
— Praise from Jonathan Pearce

In the second round, Battle 4 of the Firestorm/Panic Attack grudge commenced as Firestorm 4 was drawn up against Panic Attack, who was representing Wales.

Philippa Forrester: "This is it: Wales against England, Panic Attack versus Firestorm. They're evenly matched."
Graham Bone: "I wouldn't say that!"
Philippa Forrester: "Why?"
Graham Bone: "We've beaten them three times already!"
— Boasts from Team Firestorm
Panic Attack vs Firestorm IV

Panic Attack slips under Firestorm 4

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Panic Attack, stuck on its side

In this battle, the two robots drove towards each other, then paused, trying to find the right place to attack. Firestorm was able to get in underneath Panic Attack and push it, but Panic Attack turned off the wedge. It drove away, closely followed by Firestorm, but Firestorm failed to get under Panic Attack's skirts, and drove over the forks. Firestorm chased Panic Attack and got under it again, pushing it against the wall in a CPZ. It flipped Panic Attack against the wall, but Panic Attack fell back onto its wheels. Panic Attack tried to get away, but Firestorm was in hot pursuit. Near the top of the arena, Panic Attack turned to face Firestorm, and Firestorm drove up the forks again. Panic Attack drove away, through Sergeant Bash's CPZ, followed by Firestorm, and Firestorm managed to get under Panic Attack's side, and push it across the arena, into an empty CPZ at the top of the arena. Panic Attack got off the wedge after being pushed into the arena top wall, but Firestorm immediately got behind it and pushed it into an arena side wall, then into Sergeant Bash's CPZ. Firestorm tried to flip Panic Attack, but the flipper was not under Panic Attack properly, so Panic Attack slid off instead of being flipped, and Firestorm drove into Sergeant Bash. Both robots escaped the CPZ, and Firestorm got under Panic Attack's front, tried to flip it again, but turned and drove off as it did so, meaning Panic Attack fell onto its wheels. Firestorm drove under Panic Attack again and tried another flip, but the flipper was not under Panic Attack properly, so Panic Attack fell onto its wheels again.

Firestorm IV vs Sgt Bash

Mr. Psycho holds Panic Attack while Firestorm flips Sgt. Bash

Firestorm flips Mr Psycho

Firestorm 4 topples Mr. Psycho

Firestorm got behind Panic Attack, pushing it onto the flame pit, but it drove itself onto an angle grinder, briefly getting stuck. As it freed itself, Panic Attack got the forks under it and pushed it, until Firestorm span off the forks. Firestorm turned around, and rammed the front of Panic Attack. The two pushed each other, moving into a CPZ. Sergeant Bash came in, Panic Attack pushed it away, but this allowed Firestorm to get under Panic Attack and flip it against the arena side wall. Panic Attack's srimech was designed for protecting it from getting stuck on its back, so was useless on its side. First Refbot, then Mr. Psycho tried to free Panic Attack, but failed, so Panic Attack was counted out, and Firestorm pressed the pit release. Mr. Psycho picked up Panic Attack, and paraded it around the arena, whilst Firestorm took on Sergeant Bash and flipped it. Mr. Psycho left Panic Attack to attack Firestorm who had tried, and failed to get underneath.

"Go on Firestorm! If you can lift Mr Psycho, that is one heck of robot! Mr Psycho just a glance there of the hammer, to say "No, you'd be ill-advised"!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm tries to get under Mr Psycho

After hammering Firestorm and chasing it a little, Psycho returned to Panic Attack, dumping it in the pit. As Mr. Psycho reversed, he reversed up the wedge of Firestorm. Cease was called, but Firestorm continued anyway, managing to topple the gargantuan house robot using its wedge shape and flipper.

"I had a go when he was trying to roast Kim over the flame pit, I thought "No, get them away from the flame pit", but he saw us coming and got away, and then when he was putting Kim down the pit I thought "Well, he might be slightly off-balance, and he wasn't, but he reversed back on, and he got at the right angle so we managed to tip him!"
— Graham Bone explains his attack on Psycho to Craig Charles after the battle

This made Firestorm 4 the only robot to ever flip Mr. Psycho.

This victory put Firestorm through to the next round. In the final, Firestorm 4 was placed up against Crushtacean, who was representing South Africa.

"I think they [Crushtacean] are going to see their match with Firestorm here, Firestorm we know are extremely fast, can drive extremely well, never quite got to the top, but have been very near there."
Mat Irvine's prediction for the final
Firestorm IV vs Crushtacean

Firestorm 4 flips Crushtacean

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Firestorm 4 takes damage from Sgt. Bash but lifts Dead Metal

In the battle, Firestorm 4 started the battle with an onslaught on Crushtacean, attempting to flip it several times. Dead Metal then attacked Crushtacean, attacking the exposed wheels. Firestorm got in underneath Crushtacean again, and flipped it over, and then onto its side, from where it could not self-right. Refbot then counted down the South African machine, and Firestorm was crowned Commenwealth Champion, their first trophy in four years of trying. In celebration, Firestorm took on the House Robots, pressurising Dead Metal, almost flipping it over. Sergeant Bash came in with its jaws, and crushed the shell of Firestorm. Refbot tried to separate the three machines. The fight ended with Firestorm balancing Dead Metal precariously on its flipper, with Sergeant Bash locked onto the back of Firestorm 4.

"After all this time you've won something! Would you like the trophy?"
— Craig Charles presents the Firestorm team with their prize

Series 7Edit

"Tonight sees the return of one of my favourite robots, are there any Firestorm fans in tonight?! If any robot, deserves to win this championship, it's Firestorm, who after years of nearly getting there, still haven't got their hands on the title, well, have they come back with what it takes?"
— Craig Charles

Now the second seed (due to Razer not returning), with high expectations placed upon it yet again, Firestorm 5 returned for the Seventh Wars, and was placed in the final heat of the series. In the first round of the heat, the seeded Firestorm 5 was placed up against Team Mousetrap's clusterbot Black and Blue, newcomers Daisy-Cutter and Dutch Grand-Finalists Bamm Bamm.

Firestorm 5 flips Blue and Bamm Bamm

Firestorm 5 flips Bamm Bamm and Blue together

Firestorm 5 proved very impressive in this battle, dominating the fight. In the battle, Firestorm started by getting under the blue Black and Blue twin, which drove off the wedge, so Firestorm got under the black one and flipped it, but this had no effect as it was invertible.

""What's special", you may say, "about our #2 seeds?". It is brilliantly driven, it is formidable, it is durable..."
— Praise from Jonathan Pearce at the start of the battle
Firestorm Black and Blue

Firestorm 5 slides Blue down into the pit

Firestorm 5 quickly threw Bamm Bamm over, also flipping the one of the Black and Blue twins over in the process. Bamm Bamm was unable to self-right, so Firestorm 5 carefully positioned it on the panel covering the pit of oblivion, and then pressing the pit release button, pitting Bamm Bamm. Firestorm 5 then flipped one of the Black and Blue twins around the arena a few times, as Daisy-Cutter and cornered the other up against the arena side wall, by an angle grinder. Firestorm 5 then flipped the twin that it was taking on towards Daisy-Cutter, but as the twin tried to escape, it began to slow to a halt. Firestorm 5 took advantage of this, and shoved the Black and Blue twin down the open pit, securing victory. This meant that Firestorm 5 and Daisy-Cutter progressed to the next round of the heat.

"Firestorm burning up the war zone!"
— Craig Charles after the first round battle

In the second round, Firestorm 5 was placed up against a much improved Reptirron the Second machine.

Jayne Middlemiss: "You still get apprehensive at this stage? You are the #2 seeds though, Graham!"
Graham Bone: "That's where the pressure comes from though, isn't it?"
— Pre-battle interview
Firestorm Reptirron 1

Firestorm 5 slides underneath Reptirron The Second straight away

Firestorm 5 vs reptirron the second

Firestorm 5 flips Reptirron the Second out

In this battle, despite a degree of worry from Graham Bone beforehand, Firestorm 5 immediately got underneath Reptirron The Second and pushed it around before flipping it into Shunt's CPZ. Shunt attacked Reptirron The Second as it tried to right itself, and Firestorm 5 threw it towards the arena wall. Reptirron still couldn't self-right and Firestorm 5 tried to throw it out of the arena twice without success, before taking a run-up and throwing up against the side wall. Firestorm 5 took another run-up and finally threw Reptirron The Second over the arena wall, with steam smoking out of Reptirron the Second.

"I was worried going in to that one, it's a good robot"
— Graham Bone, after the fight

In the Heat Final, Firestorm 5 was drawn up against the impressive Ripper machine.

"I think again, it's going to get down to who's the lowest on the ground, if we get straight under then we should have a good chance."
— Graham Bone before the fight

Prior to the match, Team Firestorm told Team Roaming Robots that if Ripper wins the match, they should not attack the House Robots again, and that if Firestorm won, it promised to destroy Ripper, with assistance from the House Robots.

Firestorm Ripper

Firestorm 5 reverses Ripper onto its back

Firestorm 5 vs ripper

Firestorm 5 flips Ripper out of the arena

In this battle, Firestorm 5 almost immediately immobilised Ripper, throwing it onto its back, where the giant low-pressure flipper flopped open and failed to self-right. Firestorm sportingly righted Ripper, only to drive it around the arena, again flipping it over, this time onto the arena side wall. Once again, Ripper's flipper jammed open and appeared to be stuck. This time, the Roaming Robots competitor was out of luck, as the Refbot came in to count it out (with the counter display going from 21-29, before reaching 10). After the count was complete, Firestorm 5 came in again, drove in underneath Ripper and toppled it out of the arena, securing its place in the Series Semi-Finals, while breaking the team's own promise by saving Ripper from further harm.

"There was a time where I left them, when they were up on their back, but it dosen't make a very good show, does it?"
— Graham Bone on his changed treatment of immobilised robots

Firestorm 5 was through to the Series Semi-Finals for the 5th consecutive time.

"Third in the Fifth Wars, third in the Sixth Wars, can they go one better?"
— Jonathan Pearce in the Semi-Finals

It was drawn against the unpredictable newcomers, Mute, in the first round.

Firestorm Mute

Firestorm 5 watches on as Mute attempts to self-right

Both robots charged at each other, with Mute driving straight over Firestorm 5's top. Firestorm fired its flipper, but it was too late to flip Mute. Mute drove towards an angle grinder, where Firestorm 5 sneaked up on it, slipped under the side, and fliped Mute, which tumbled back onto its wheels again afterwards. Firestorm 5 got straight under the front of Mute, and flipped it again.

"Firestorm 5, relentless, pressurising."
— Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 5 dominates the early proceedings
Firestorm 5 OotA Mute

Firestorm records its 7th out of the arena, breaking Chaos 2's record. Note that Mute's flipper is also open

This left Mute inverted, where it struggled to self-right, throwing itself into Sergeant Bash, which was mysteriously in the centre of the arena. Mute made another attempt at self-righting, as Firestorm 5 drew near, firing its flipper with no robot on top of it. Mute made a full somersault, landing on top of Firestorm 5, before doing another full flip in a self-righting attempt, still unable to land on its wheels. As Mute made another full somersault, Firestorm 5 pushed it towards the arena side wall. In this situation, Mute could potentially throw itself out of the arena when attempting to self-right, so it remained idle. Firestorm 5 got underneath Mute from the rear, and flipped it, trying to get it out of the arena. The Mute team felt that Mute was heading out of the arena through this flip, so they activated Mute's own flipper, flinging Mute straight into the safety barrier out of the arena, and out of the competition. Firestom had won the battle, and broken Chaos 2's record of six out of the arena flips in doing so.

"Measuring, clinical, and there's the kill"
— Jonathan Pearce, as the Out of the Arena flip is replayed

In the second round of the Semi-Finals, Firestorm 5 was placed up against the impressive New-Blood Champions and number 16 seeds, Storm 2.

Firestorm 5 under Storm 2

Firestorm 5 gets underneath Storm 2

Both robots started quickly but neither was able to launch a solid attack for a while, dodging around each other, trying to get in a good position to attack. Storm 2 drove up Firestorm's wedge a couple of times, but both ties it drove of before it could be flipped. Storm 2 finally got underneath Firestorm 5 and pushed it into the arena wall. Storm 2 pushed Firestorm 5 towards the CPZ and then into the pit release button, and Firestorm 5 nearly drove into the opening pit. Firestorm 5 then drove over the side of Storm 2 and into an arena angle grinder, bending the front strip enabling it to get underneath Storm 2, but then it quickly escaped.

Firestorm Storm

Storm 2 rams Firestorm 5 against the arena wall

"Storm 2 suddenly look menacing and they're on top I would say."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 5 continued to be aggressive, but found it hard to get underneath Storm 2, now that the front strip had been bent, so it could only drive up the front of its opponent instead. Firestorm 5 continued to drive up the front of its opponent and Storm 2 was able to push it around the arena, nearly pitting it on one occasion, before finally pushing it into the pit of oblivion.

Storm II pits Firestorm

Storm 2 pits Firestorm 5

"Storm 2 again the push, Firestorm 5 gone! No Grand Final this time for Graham and Hazel!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Team Firestorm had fought in six wars, so Firestorm 5 returned for the All-Stars Tournament at the end of the series. In the first round of the competition, Firestorm 5 found itself being drawn up against Kat 3 (for the first time), Bigger Brother (for the fourth time) and Panic Attack (for the fifth time).

Jayne Middlemiss: "Who've you ganged up on?"
Graham Bone: "I wouldn't like to say"
— Pre-first round interview for the All-Stars
All stars eliminator A

Firestorm 5 leads the way in taking out Shunt

Immediately, all four robots converged on Shunt, and Firestorm 5 was the first to slide beneath the house robot and flipped it over. Bigger Brother and Firestorm 5 both attacked Shunt again, with Firestorm 5 wedging itself on the arena side wall in the process. Shunt's axe flailed as it tried to self-right, accidentally nudging Firestorm 5 off the wall in the process. Refbot cleared the competing robots away, and Cassius Chrome rammed Kat 3 across the arena. As it escaped, Firestorm 5 retaliated by pushing Cassius Chrome along the arena, but did not flip it.

"This is tremendous stuff, so much experience out there - durable machines."
— Jonathan Pearce

Cassius Chrome bumped both robots off, and rammed Kat 3 towards the arena side wall. Panic Attack and Firestorm 5 then attacked Cassius Chrome from the sides, causing the sole House Robot to flee. Meanwhile, Refbot activated the pit release button, and Bigger Brother was on the panel already. Bigger Brother couldn't drive away, as the descent had already began and Bigger Brother's ground clearance was too low, so the descent was halted, and the Refbot shoved Bigger Brother off and away, allowing the descent of the pit to continue. As Bigger Brother joined Panic Attack in attacking Cassius Chrome, Refbot accidentally reversed into the pit itself, the pit then quickly raised again to let the Refbot out. Firestorm 5 and Bigger Brother tried to flip Cassius Chrome, but they were unsuccessful, and Firestorm 5 pushed Panic Attack into Cassius Chrome, with the two competitors then shoving the house robot the length of the arena.

"Rules? What rules?"
— Jonathan Pearce as the frenetic action continues

As Bigger Brother and Kat 3 attacked Cassius Chrome, Kat 3's axe caused the House Robot's eye to fall off. All four robots ganged up on Cassius Chrome. Panic Attack hoisted Cassius Chrome off the ground, before being aided by Bigger Brother. Meanwhile, the drop zone and the arena floor flipper both activated in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the rampaging robots.

"How do the judges mark this by the way? Two machines have to through to the second round of the All-Stars... on style, on aggression, on damage, but on control?! Has any one single machine been strictly under control out there? It's been sheer roboteering lunacy!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Firestorm, having driven into the pit

Cassius Chrome appeared to have lost power as it was pushed towards the pit by Panic Attack, who then left it up against the arena side wall by the pit release button, as it was obvious that Cassius Chrome was consequently immobilised. After this, all four competitors decided to leave it alone, and turned on the Refbot. However, Firestorm 5 suddenly drove itself into the pit of oblivion after deflecting off the Refbot in a charge.

ResultsEdit

FIRE STORM - RESULTS
Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Third Place
Heat O, Round 1 vs. Crasha Gnasha Won
Heat O, Round 2 vs. Facet Won
Heat O, Round 3 vs. Diotoir Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Pitbull Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 2 vs. Panic Attack Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Chaos 2 Lost
Grand Final, Playoff vs. Steg-O-Saw-Us No winner
FIRESTORM 2 - RESULTS
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
5th Seed, Semi-Final, Round 1
Heat C, Eliminator vs. Scar, The Morgue Qualified
Heat C, Semi Final vs. Bolt from the Blue Won
Heat C, Final vs. The Morgue Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Dominator 2 Lost
Pinball Warrior Tournament
Equal Seventh (with Hypno-Disc)
Pinball 135 pts 7th
Sumo Basho
Fifteenth
Sumo 4.21 seconds 15th
Tag Team Terror
(with Scorpion), Runner-up
Round 1 vs. Bigger Brother & Plunderbird 4 Won
Final vs. 101 & King B3 Lost
FIRESTORM 3 - RESULTS
Extreme Series 1
All-Stars
Semi Finalist
Round 1 vs. Panic Attack Won
Quarter Final vs. Wild Thing Won
Semi Final vs. Razer Lost
Single Battle Events
Vengeance
Vengeance vs. Diotoir Won
The Second World Championship
Representing UK, Heats
NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during US Season 1
Heat vs. Drillzilla (USA), NEAT Machine (NED), Whirlpool 70 (SWE) Eliminated
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
7th Seed, Third Place
Heat D, Eliminator vs. Bee-Capitator Won
Heat D, Semi Final vs. Sir Chromalot Won
Heat D, Final vs. Reactor 2 Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Hypno-Disc (3) Lost
Semi-Final 2,
Losers Melee
vs. Panic Attack (6), Wheely Big Cheese (10) Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 2 vs. Pussycat (2) Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Razer (4) Lost
Grand Final, Playoff vs. Hypno-Disc (3) Won by default
NOTE: After both robots were immobilised simultaneously, Hypno-Disc was unable to participate in the immediately called rematch, so Firestorm 3 won the rematch by default.
FIRESTORM 4 - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
3rd Seed, Third Place
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Cedric Slammer, Colossus, Mega Hurts 2 Qualified
Heat B, Round 2 vs. Barbaric Response Won
Heat B, Final vs. X-Terminator Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. 13 Black Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 2 vs. S3 (7) Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Tornado (12) Lost
Grand Final, Playoff vs. Terrorhurtz Won
Extreme Series 2
All-Stars
Runner-up
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Bigger Brother, S3 Qualified
Heat A, Round 2 vs. Dantomkia Won
Heat A, Final vs. Bigger Brother Won
Grand Final vs. Razer Lost
Commonwealth Carnage
Representing England, Champion
Round 1 vs. Bondi Titch (AUS), Corkscrew (SCO), Weld-Dor 3 (NIR) Qualified
Round 2 vs. Panic Attack (WAL) Won
Final vs. Crushtacean (RSA) Won
FIRESTORM 5 - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
2nd Seed, Semi-Final, Round 2
Heat P, Round 1 vs. Bamm Bamm, Black and Blue, Daisy-Cutter Qualified
Heat P, Round 2 vs. Reptirron the Second Won
Heat P, Final vs. Ripper Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Mute Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 2 vs. Storm 2 (16) Lost
All-Stars Championship
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Bigger Brother, Kat 3, Panic Attack Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • The original Fire Storm as it was being built
  • Fire Storm unpainted
  • Fire Storm without its armour
  • The insides of Firestorm 3
  • Firestorm without its top in Series 7
  • Snowstorm, Techno Games entry
  • Snowstorm and Kat's Whiskers
  • Team Firestorm in Series 5
  • Wins: 33
  • Losses: 11

Firestorm's proposed battle against Steg-O-Saw-Us in Series 3, and victory over Hypno-Disc by default in Series 5, have been omitted.

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Firestorm Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Entered with Groundhog
The Third Wars Joint Third Place as Fire Storm
The Fourth Wars Semi-Final, Round 1 as Firestorm 2
The Fifth Wars Third Place as Firestorm 3
The Sixth Wars Third Place as Firestorm 4
The Seventh Wars Semi-Final, Round 2 as Firestorm 5
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered as Firestorm 3
Series 2 Entered as Firestorm 4

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Like many Robot Wars competitors the Firestorm team entered Techno Games. The team entered the football tournament with a new version of Firestorm called Snowstorm, which was white and blue and weapon-less (like any Techno Games competitor). Snowstorm was teamed with Kat's Whiskers from Team KaterKiller. Together, they won the silver medal in 2002. Losing 5-0 to Storm Chaser and Sprocket in the final. In 2003 they lost 2-1 to the Skeleton Crew in the first round. Snowstorm also competed in the Assault Course in 2003 but lost in round 1 to Sugar Plum Fairy after receiving penalties (bringing its time to 40 seconds as opposed to Sugar Plum Fairy's time of 22.57 seconds), despite finishing before Sugar Plum Fairy.

Antweight Firestorm

Antweight Firestorm, by Alex Mordue

Shortly after Robot Wars, Firestorm was retired, but it has occasionally appeared at live events as a static display over the years.

In 2016, Alex Mordue released a set of files that allows builders to create an antweight version of Firestorm.

Appearances in MerchandiseEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Firestorm is one of eight robots to win more than twenty battles on UK Robot Wars. With 33, it has the second most wins of all robots and has the highest win tally without winning a UK Championship. The others to achieve this feat are Razer, Tornado, Pussycat, Panic Attack, Chaos 2, Behemoth and Hypno-Disc.
    • Of the other seven robots, the only one Firestorm has not fought is Behemoth.
  • At five, Firestorm has reached the most Semi-Finals out of any Robot Wars competitor.
  • Firestorm is one of only eight robots to fight in more than one UK Championship and never fail to win a heat.
    • Of those eight robots, Firestorm fought in the most UK Championships, at five. This also makes it the only robot to fight in five wars without ever failing to reach the semi-finals.
  • Firestorm remains the only robot with a front-hinged flipper to successfully flip another robot out of the arena.
  • Firestorm 4 was the second robot to flip two robots out of the Arena in one battle.
  • Firestorm has lost to the eventual champion of a series of UK Robot Wars three times, more than any other robot. On each occasion, it happened during the Grand Final Eliminator stage.
  • Along with Hypno-Disc and Carbide, Firestorm is one of only three robots to have reached the Grand Final three times.
  • Firestorm was the only robot to compete in all three All-Star tournaments.
  • Firestorm and Plunderbird are the only machines to name a Model 5 machine. Other machines such as Bulldog Breed entered five versions of the machine, but Plunderbird and Firestorm were the only two to designate their machine as the fifth in the series, rather than a general name.
  • Firestorm was never seeded lower than 7th throughout its UK Series appearances (except for the Third Wars which had no seedings).
  • Firestorm 4 became the third robot in history, after Killertron in Series 2 and Chaos 2 in Series 4, to finish in its position predicted by seeding, (third) in Series 6.
    • Additionally, Firestorm 4 was the first and only occasion where the third place finisher in the previous war was seeded third.
  • In five UK championships and two Extreme series, Firestorm has only needed to use its flipper as a srimech three times, in Heat O of Series 3 against Facet, in the Tag Team Terror Round 1 in Series 4 against Bigger Brother and Plunderbird, and in Heat A of the Extreme 2 All-Stars, against Dantomkia.
    • In fact, Firestorm was only ever flipped over one other time, when Chaos 2 flipped Fire Storm over, before flipping it out of the arena.
  • Out of all of the Series 4 Semi-Finalists, only Firestorm and Steg 2 have never fought in an Annihilator or Mayhem qualifier.
  • Excluding Series 3, Firestorm competed in the first Semi-Final at even-numbered series (4 and 6), and the second Semi-Final at odd numbered series (5 and 7).
  • Ironically, Firestorm was the first robot to be Thrown Out of the Arena, but went on to beat Chaos 2's record of Out of the Arenas in Series 7, with seven.
    • Firestorm also briefly held the record for most consecutive Out of the Arenas, alongside Tsunami and Atomic, at 3. Atomic would later break this record within the same episode.
  • Every house robot except Matilda was overturned by either Team Firestorm or Gravity- however, Groundhog, Team Firestorm's Series 2 entry, overturned Sir Killalot by causing the house robot to overbalance upon picking Groundhog up, rather than by voluntarily flipping it.
  • Firestorm 3 was the only winner of a Losers' Melee to go on and reach the Grand Final.
    • As a result, Firestorm holds the record for having the most fights in a single competition than any other robot (8) during the original run.
  • Fire Storm's first-ever match against Crasha Gnasha stands as the fourth-shortest battle in the UK series.
    • Additionally, their Grand Final defeat against Chaos 2 stands as the joint-sixteenth shortest, with Firestorm 4's Extreme 2 All-Stars eliminator with Bigger Brother and S3 standing at joint-twelve shortest.
  • The Firestorm series of robots have fought every Robot Wars Grand Champion from the original run except for the first and last.
  • Firestorm is one of only two robots prior to the reboot to lose a battle to an opponent and then defeat them later in the same tournament, the other being Lizzard.
  • With 8 occurrences, Firestorm holds the dubious record of being pitted the greatest number of times.
  • Firestorm failed to reach the Grand Final in both years that Philippa Forrester was not the pit reporter.
  • Of the fifty robots to return from Series 4 to compete in Series 5, Firestorm is one of only ten to perform better in its Series 5 appearance. The others are Bigger Brother, Razer, Diotoir, Prizephita Mach 2, Kat 3, Reactor, Rick, Destruct-A-Bubble and Clawed Hopper.
  • Firestorm is one of eleven robots to fight two past or future domestic champions in two successive battles, fighting Panic Attack and Chaos 2 in the Semi-Final and Grand Final of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The others to do this are Killertron, Tornado, Cassius, Stinger, Razer, X-Terminator, Twisted Metal, Philipper 2, √3 and Aftershock.
  • Hazel Heslop briefly joined Team KaterKiller for the Iron Maidens competition in Extreme Series 2.
  • In an interview in Robot Wars: The Official Magazine, Team Firestorm claimed they had considered giving Firestorm spike wheels to give the robot more traction, but did not have time between Series 6 and Extreme 2. Ultimately, these wheels were never added.[24]
  • In 2003, Firestorm received an Honorable Mention in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame, in recognition of its active differential steering, front-hinged flipper and for being the only robot to flip Mr. Psycho over.[25]

HonoursEdit


Honour
Only competitor robot to flip Mr. Psycho
Honour
Most UK Championship Victories (25)
Honour
Most UK Series Semi-Finals reached (5)
Honour
Most Grand Finals reached (tied with Hypno-Disc, 3)


Nominations

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181521fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/design.htm#Weapons3
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  3. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181521fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/design.htm#Electronics3
  4. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181521fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/design.htm#Locomotion3
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181529fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/results.htm#series5
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  13. Response to wiki user Nweston
  14. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181529fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/results.htm#series4
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  16. results.htm
  17. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181529fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/results.htm#rwextreme
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  22. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009181529fw_/http://www.teamfirestorm.co.uk/results.htm#series5
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