"And the Woodlouse is through!"
Jonathan Pearce, after Leighbot sluggishly completed the Trial.

Leighbot, was a robot entered by Leigh City Technical College in Series 1 of Robot Wars. It managed to reach the Arena stage of its heat before losing to Mortis.

A while after Robot Wars ended, much of Leighbot was recycled to be made into an Arduino segway.


Leighbot was an unusually-shaped robot whose long angled box design resembled a coffin, or what Jonathan Pearce described as a 'woodlouse'. The robot was armoured in bullet-proof stainless steel, and featured a front lance and a rear angle grinder as its weapons. For its Gauntlet run, a fan was attached to the end of Leighbot's lance, which it used to clear smoke as it negotiated the course and helped improve the team's vision. Leighbot was powered by two 24v wheelchair motors, but had a slow top speed of 3mph as a result. This, along with a lack of self-righting mechanism, contributed towards its defeat in its only battle.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 1Edit

Leighbot fan

Leighbot clears the smoke with its fan attachment

Leighbot charged into the Gauntlet, where it easily got off the turntable and headed straight for the middle route. It was then blocked by Sergeant Bash who jammed the see-saw, but Leighbot managed to make it over, then after dodging the Sergeant headed for the next ramp, where it used a fan attached to the end of its lance to blow the smoke out of the way so that the team could see where Leighbot was going. Leighbot was then clattered by the spiked swinging ball and made it to the end zone in the second fastest time.

"More flame and smoke...what's that though? That's a fan! And smoke does not get in your eyes! Magnificent stuff!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Next was the Trial, which was a game of British Bulldog. In the Trial, it started slowly, then getting nudged by Scrapper into Dead Metal, then Shunt came in to block, but eventually Leighbot managed to get free and go across the finishing line in third place.

Mortis leighbot

Mortis bludgeons Leighbot

For the Arena Semi-final, it was drawn against Mortis, whom the team had hoped not to face immediately. The fight did not go well for Leighbot as the lance weapon was useless against Mortis's tough armour, at worst scratching it briefly. Mortis used its speed and agility to get around Leighbot and bring its tanto axe into play, which rapidly pierced holes in Leighbot's armour and crumpled the lance.

"Leighbot, pepper pot! You could pour pepper out of that Leighbot machine now! Look at the holes!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Mortis axes Leighbot

Even though Mortis did briefly drive onto the arena spikes, Mortis then finished the battered Leighbot by using its wedge to get underneath Leighbot and turn around, before reversing and pushing the sideways-facing Leightbot backwards, causing the coffin-shaped robot to roll over, landing upside-down on a grille.


Series 1
The First Wars - UK Championship
Heat Semi-Final
Heat B, Gauntlet Completed (2nd) Qualified
Heat B, Trial (British Bulldog) Completed (3rd) Qualified
Heat B, Semi-Final vs. Mortis Lost


  • Leighbot without its top, side on
  • Leighbot without its top, from above
  • The team with Leighbot
  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Leighbot Series Record
The First Wars Heat, Arena Semi-Final
The Second Wars Entered with Leighviathan
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


  • Leighbot is the only robot in history to add a specific feature to neutralise smoke in the arena.
  • Leighbot's battle with Mortis was the origin of the there-after often-used term "pepper-pot".
  • Leigh City Technical College was one of only four teams in the UK series to feature more than three televised team members prior to 2016; Leighbot, Scrapper and T.R.A.C.I.E. were seemingly permitted to by Series 1's rules, while Team Berserk was allowed extra space for a translator.
  • Like its successor, Leighviathan, Leighbot participated in Heat B of the main competition in its only appearance, and lost at the Arena Semi-Final stage.


The archived Leighbot website