Lateral Thought was a competitor robot that appeared in Series 2 of Robot Wars. It competed exclusively in the Reserve Rumble, broadcast as part of the Grudge Matches special, but lost after being immobilised by the House Robots.

The robot was entered by students from the University of Glamorgan.


Lateral Thought was an invertible, six-wheeled robot armed with a set of spikes. It was box-shaped, and had a ground clearance on all sides, for ease of running the Gauntlet. However, it was extremely light at 56.2kg, only 2.2kg above the weight limit for the middleweight category.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit

Lateral Thought shunt

Shunt punctures a hole in Lateral Thought

After not being selected to compete in the main competition, Lateral Thought appeared in the Reserve Rumble, which was broadcast as part of the Grudge Matches special. There, it fought against Malice, Bumblebot, Forklift and the walkerbot Jim Struts. Lateral Thought drove back and forth in the opening seconds, but soon found itself in the PPZ, where it had its top panel axed by Shunt and was caught under Dead Metal's pincers as it tried to escape. Both House Robots continued attacking Lateral Thought as it sat immobile, with Shunt axing and shoving it into the pit. This eliminated Lateral Though early on from the Reserve Rumble, which was eventually won by Jim Struts.


Series 2
Grudge Matches
Reserve Rumble
Reserve Rumble vs. Malice, Bumblebot, Forklift, Jim Struts Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Lateral Thought Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Reserve Rumble
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 Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter