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"M2 is our own design and build...made at home in the garage using basic skills"
— M2's Website [1]

M2 was a robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It reached the Series Semi-Finals of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars.

The exact reason behind M2's name is unclear. Craig Charles implied that it was named after the English motorway, although it is plausible that it stands for Mincer 2, based on the fact that the team failed to qualify for Series 4 with a robot named Mincer. The team's website names M2 as the successor to Mincer, but whether this means it is a sequentially named robot is not clear.

DesignEdit

M2 Semi 2

A slightly scratched M2 enters the semi-finals

M2 had a half-barrel body with a wedge at the front, clad in transparent blue polycarbonate armour. Offensively, M2 featured a powerful flipper capable of one flip every two seconds and self-righting quickly. It showed itself capable of throwing robots out of the arena despite how little it opened. The robot was fast and agile with top speeds of 20mph.

QualificationEdit

Carrot v mincer

Mincer fighting Killer Carrot at a live event before both robots failed to qualify for Series 4

The team first failed to qualify for the Fourth Wars with an invertible box-shaped robot named Mincer, armed with cutting blades.

M2live

M2 when it failed to qualify for Series 5

The first version of M2 failed to qualify for Series 5, despite beating Roobarb in a qualifier battle, but the team chose not to apply for Series 6, which they later viewed as a mistake.

M2 attempted to enter the New Blood Championship in Extreme 2, but received no reply from Mentorn.

To qualify for the Seventh Wars, M2 and King B Powerworks collectively defeated Thunderpants and Pressure.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

M2 and Shell Shock

M2 flips Shell Shock out of the arena.

Vader OotA

M2 follows this up by flipped Vader out

M2 competed in Heat A of the Seventh Wars, and made a strong start to its heat against Tiberius 3, Shell Shock and Vader in the first round. Despite being the only newcomer in this battle, M2 still dominated the battle, by flipping the other robots around with its powerful flipper. It singled out Shell Shock, flipping it over onto its side. Before Shell Shock could then self-right using its side self-righting arms, M2 threw it into the arena side wall, and then out of the arena, making M2 the first robot to do this in Series 7. M2 quickly followed up this success by dispatching the immobilised Vader in the same way, but not before Vader had smashed part of M2's flipper, which took urgent repairs in the pit. This put M2 through to the next round along with Tiberius 3, after the repairs were made in the pits, M2 was then put up against the number 9 seeds Pussycat.

Pussycat vs M2

M2 tries to throw Pussycat out of the arena

In this battle, M2's thick shell protected it from any more than superficial damage from Pussycat's blade, Pussycat could only scratch the shell of M2. It attempted to flip Pussycat out of the arena several times, but failed to succeed.

"Pussycat is causing very little damage with the blades, and all the work here is being done by M2."
— Jonathan Pearce

It managed to get Pussycat stuck on its side towards the end, with Pussycat only recovering as cease was called, the battle resulted in a judges' decision, but the judges gave the victory to M2, sending the newcomers through to the Heat Final, where they were up against Tiberius 3 for the second time in the heat.

"The fight with Pussycat was very close, if I remember correctly the judges took some 15 minutes to decide. M2 was covered in gashes from PC which were inspected by one of the judges, but none penetrated the armour so I guess they took them to be superficial. During the last 10 seconds of the fight, just as it looked as though Pussycat was struggling to get back on its wheels, a wiring loom tie snapped in M2. This allowed the wiring to one of the motors to be drawn into the gears shorting out the speed controller thus losing drive to one side. The Robot survived this...fortunately for M2 the fight was just ending so it went almost unnoticed."
— Paul Cooper
Tiberius and M2

Tiberius 3 and M2, before M2's miraculous recovery

M2 pits Tiberius 3

M2 flips Tiberius 3 into the pit.

In the Heat Final, M2 was seized by Tiberius 3, being crushed by the powerful beak.

"Tiberius wouldn’t let go and every time we were dragged towards the pit, we had sufficient traction on one side to take us back to the CPZ."
— Paul Cooper

It broke away, but it soon became apparent to the team that M2 had a punctured tyre, and was driving to the right on every move. The drivers managed to recover by using gentle movements and controlled M2 into a powerful flip, which caused Tiberius 3 to land in the pit. This put M2 through to the Series Semi-Finals.

M2 Flips Atomic

A promising flip from M2

AtomicM2OotA

Atomic finally flips M2 out of the arena

In the Semi-Finals, M2 was drawn up against the more experienced Atomic machine in the first round, as Atomic was larger and had a more powerful flipper, as well as having more experience, M2 went into this battle as the underdogs. Despite the size disadvantage, M2 put up a good fight, almost flipping Atomic out of the arena. However, towards the end of the fight, both were wearing down and M2 was ultimately pinned against the arena side wall and was then flipped out of the arena by Atomic, eliminating M2 from the competition.

ResultsEdit

M2 - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Shell Shock, Tiberius 3, Vader Qualified
Heat A, Round 2 vs. Pussycat (9) Won
Heat A, Final vs. Tiberius 3 Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Atomic Lost
  • The original M2 on a pile of scrap before being saved
  • The chassis of M2
  • M2 being built
  • M2 flipping Chaos 2 at a live event in 2002
  • Team M2 at a Robot Crusade event in 2003
  • M2 that failed to qualify for Series 5 from the side
  • M2's design during 2002
  • M2 as Mousecatcher
  • M2 with TKM2 on its flipper
  • M2XT

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Main Series M2 Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify with Mincer
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Semi-Final, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Not selected

Outside Robot WarsEdit

M2 also competed as Mousecatcher in Technogames in the Assault Course, but lost in the first round to Mighty Mouse. M2 had two spikes attached to its front to act as ball controllers for the event. The team also had a robot known as Mechanoid which entered the Mechanoids event.

The M2 team have also built a featherweight version of M2 called TKM2.

After Robot Wars, Paul constructed a successor to M2, M2XT. However, this was never seen at a live event besides a test run.

"M2XT still exists but I did not like it when testing it out. So I started to modify it but then basically got too busy and lost interest in the live event scene. Never say never but would still like to get back one day, just need the right incentive."
— Paul Cooper

TriviaEdit

  • M2 was the third robot to throw two robots out of the arena in a single battle (after Thermidor 2 and Firestorm 4), but the first to do so in the main competition.
  • M2 was one of the very few robots to have a female team captain.
  • The chassis from M2 that failed to qualify for Series 5 was heading for the scrapheap, but it was salvaged and now features as a garden plant trainer.
  • The M2 seen in the Seventh Wars was in fact the second version of the machine. The first, which featured a circular saw on the side of the robot and self righting arms at the end of the wedge in addition to the robot's prominent flipper, had been used in inter-school events and some other Robot Games from Holland. It was stripped down to create the M2 seen in the Seventh Wars, with the old chassis salvaged to make a garden feature.

ReferencesEdit

  1. M2's homepage on Team Technobots' website http://www.m2robot.com

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