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Pain was a tracked robot that entered the second series of Robot Wars.

"Saw the first series trailed on the Beeb and thought "Fun" - I'd decided I wanted a go about half way through episode 1."
— Jon Witte on entering Robot Wars

However, it did not enjoy great success, breaking down before its Gauntlet run, and was eliminated when it failed to move at all on its second attempt and the team could not repair it again in the allotted time. It was also 1.5kg over the Heavyweight limit at the time.

The team consisted of former RAF pilots Jon Witte and Pete Birch, who also failed to qualify for Series 3 and Series 4 with Judge Mech and reached the second round of Series 6 with Spam.

DesignEdit

"Pain was fairly quick & dirty, about 6 months in all but our time management sucked & I had to rush things at the end."
— Jon Witte on building Pain

Pain was a large, black box-shaped robot with tracks and armed with a front-mounted "kinetic stabber" - a pneumatic spike driven by sparks produced from a mix of oxygen and fuel. The "stabber" was capable of punching through 4mm aluminium deck plate, and could lift at up to 80 degrees. The robot was also equipped with angle grinders at the sides and rear for extra defense, powered by windscreen wiper motors, and had materials acquired from an uncle's farm. Unfortunately, it had unreliable electronics, which contributed to its early demise.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit

Paingauntlet

Pain fails to move in the Gauntlet

Pain spike

Pain's spike is sacrificed

Pain entered Heat E of the Second Wars, but ran into problems immediately as it broke down before it was due to start its Gauntlet run. The team was forced to make repairs in the pits, and had to sacrifice its spike weapon in an attempt to get it working. However, despite these repairs, Pain still failed to move on its second Gauntlet attempt, as a result of its drive shafts being damaged while the team pushed it into the arena.

"Here we go, then... No, we don't, the pain in the main, is heading down the drain, I think! They can't get it started!"
Jonathan Pearce as Pain fails to start the Gauntlet for the second time
Team Pain pits

The Pain team try desperately to repair their robot

Team Pain retire

The Pain team admit defeat

The team attempted to repair Pain for a third start, but ran out of time, and were forced to retire from the competition, with Pain having lost all functionality due to radio interference.

"We were utterly crap. Ran out of development time and couldn't fully test. I was sending RS232 from my laptop thru 40MHz gear to a PIC. Combination of motor noise/ cameras / HT lines outside / IC Engines / poor design drowned out my comms. Tried to bodge micro switches and servos to get moving, but ran out of time."
— Jon Witte describing to Oliver Steeples what had caused Pain's demise

ResultsEdit

PAIN - RESULTS
Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Gauntlet
Heat E, Gauntlet Retired (6th) Eliminated
  • The team with Pain
  • The insides of Pain

Series RecordEdit

Series Pain Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Gauntlet
The Third Wars Failed to qualify with Judge Mech
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify with Judge Mech
The Fifth Wars Withdrew from qualifiers with Spam
The Sixth Wars Entered with Spam
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter

TriviaEdit

  • According to Oliver Steeples, the producers had tried to ban Pain's weapon for unknown reasons, possibly due to the mixing of fuel and oxygen to create sparks.

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