- "KatNip was the push that brought me into the roboteering community thanks to Alan and other great roboteers which changed my life..."
- — Stuart Barnwell
Katnip (sometimes spelled KatNip) was the first featherweight of Cold Fusion Team, although created by Team Kat at the time. It fought and lost in the featherweight competition of Extreme 2 of Robot Wars.
Katnip had been created long before its driver, Stuart Barnwell, had had anything to do with Cold Fusion Team, following a competition by Rex Garrod called Rex's Robot Challenge in the magazine Real Robots.
After retiring from competitive battles in 2007, Katnip was scrapped by Team Kat. Pussycat and Kitty (the team's other two entrants to Robot Wars) are also retired, but have since moved on to new teams.
Katnip is a small two-wheeled box shaped robot with hardened steel pincers. The original version was made from wood with plastic pincers. When Stuart Barnwell met Alan Gribble, Gribble constructed metal pincers instead, as the plastic pincers would not hold up. Gribble also helped Barnwell convert his machine into metal, in order to bring it up to fighting form. Katnip was the first featherweight to use titanium, and was often used in live shows for children to play and practise with.
In the heats, Katnip spent most of the battle avoiding the main action, clashing with Bernard and Neoteric. After Gi-Ant-O, Neoteric, Eddy Evolution and AM CVn were all immobilised, Katnip went through with Argh! and Bernard.
In the final, Katnip tussled with Gladiator, before being rammed by Micro-Mute. Soon after, Micro-Mute spun and detached one of Katnip's wheels, rendering it immobile, although it continued to spin in circles. It was then pitted by the eventual champion, Argh!, making it the first to fall in the Featherweight Final.
|KATNIP - RESULTS|
Featherweight Championship, Final
|Round 1||vs. AM CVn, Argh!, Bernard, Eddy Evolution, Gi-Ant-O, Neoteric||Qualified|
|Final||vs. Argh!, Bernard, Cutlet, Gladiator, Micro-Mute||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 1
|Main Series||Katnip Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars|| Featherweight Championship with Kitty|
Entered with Pussycat
|Series 8||Entered with Dantomkia|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2|| Featherweight Championship, Round 1|
Entered with Pussycat
NOTE: This record only reflects the attendance of the Barnwell family, and does not include the performance of Cold Fusion Team