Ill-Tempered Mutt is a robot which was selected as a reserve for Series 9 of Robot Wars, built by Team Underdog, but declined the position after a speed controller in the robot failed. Ill-Tempered Mutt would later attempt to enter Series 10, but did not qualify.
Its name was inspired by a robot that competed in Robotica.
- "And yes, we were inspired by the robot of the same name from Robotica 2.0. There needs to be more canine machines"
- — Matt Robinson on Facebook
Ill-Tempered Mutt uses a thwackbot-style design, featuring a large front wedge. Within the wedge is a red circular saw, which connects with other robots when Ill-Tempered Mutt spins in place. The other end of the robot features a steep wedge where the robot's 'face' is found, and two spikes. It is two-wheel driven, making the robot invertible, and mixes metal with polycarbonate for armour.
Ill-Tempered Mutt is driven by two Bosch motors, with a 2-stage chain drive gearbox, powered by LiPo batteries and a RageBridge 2 ESC. Additional LiPo batteries also power the Roboteq ESC and Turnigy brushless motor behind the robot's circular saw. A TZ85 ESC controls the lifter's linear actuator.
|Series||Ill-Tempered Mutt Series Record|
|Series 1-7||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Unused reserve|
|Series 10||Not selected|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Following on from Ill-Tempered Mutt not being selected to compete in Series 10 of Robot Wars, and the team's inability to enter Extreme Robots in Manchester, Team Underdog elected to sell Ill-Tempered Mutt by launching a post on the Fighting Robots Association forums. This quickly attracted interest from various roboteers, including the current owners of PC Plod, and Team Death, but its high asking price was criticised, and the robot remained in possession of Team Underdog.
Ill-Tempered Mutt was sold to The Scrappers, the owners of PC Plod, on 14th January 2018 with the hope of returning it to the arena before the end of the year.