- "Panic Attack, that's what I'd be having, if I were in the pits!"
- — Craig Charles
Panic Attack was a robot that competed in the British television show Robot Wars. In Series 2, it was just a four-wheel driven 20cm high box, with a set of electrically powered 12' long lifting spikes powered by a home made system and capable of lifting a ton and ramming opponents as well to great effect. It had a zero turning circle as well as an aluminium shell. It was emblazoned with the image of a spider.
This spider motif was the result of a school competition to come up with a design of "something that made you panic". A 12 year old girl designed the spider and, as a result, Panic Attack became the only sponsored robot in the field. With his prize money from Series 2, Kim built a newer machine, the one seen on TV being the fifth as it had been rebuilt four times. This one had a srimech, a new slightly angled body shape (still with battle scars from the last wars) and larger, more effective forks imported from Sweden, which were capable of completely overturning opposing machines and lifting and pushing 81.6kg. It also had an alloy frame and 3mm thick bodyshell. The top-mounted self-righting mechanism proved to be unreliable and was eventually removed after the Fourth Wars.
Added in Series 4 were a set of side "skirts" to prevent all but the lowest of robots from getting underneath it, as well as sloping sides and bulletproof fibreglass armour. The Series 5 model had improved skirts, lorry windscreen wiper motor power at up to 8mph and the srimech was updated to a top flipper to lift or trap others, which was the favourite with the driver Kim Davies, who stated that it was, in his opinion, the best version. This also had a zero ground clearance and turning circle with durable polycarbonate added to the bulletproof fibreglass shell, making it virtually impenetrable and pneumatic power to the electric lifting forks to lift twice its own weight. The weaponry, however was not always reliable and the self-righting was very slow.
The Series 6 version was a completely new design, with silver forks and painted gold as opposed to yellow, as the team had run out of yellow paint when the time came to paint it. As a result, this model was unofficially, but universally nick-named Panic Attack Gold. However, it didn't have a srimech, was not as easy to control as the previous version, wasn't as fast, wasn't as powerful and lighter but had good pushing power. For Extreme 2, the Series 5 version was brought out of retirement and it was altered to have six wheels and alloy and polycarbonate construction and, for Series 7, with the addition of a rear skirt and with the srimech being replaced by an anti-hammer cushioned top. Ironically though, its final match saw it getting flipped onto its back.
The robot competed in Series 2-7 of Robot Wars, winning the second series and making the semi-finals in three other wars. It also won the "Sumo Basho" competition in Series 4, meaning that it was the only machine to defeat Shunt in this event twice. Panic Attack was one of the longest appearing robots, appearing in six wars and two Extremes. Although the only grand champion never to reach another Grand Final, Panic Attack reached the most Semi-Finals of all Grand Champions at four.
Panic Attack's signature move was to use its low ground clearance to get underneath an opponent, using its forks to hook onto and get a grip inside the opponent's armour, wheel shafts or any other exposed gaps, before lifting them off the ground, driving into the pit release and pushing it down the pit. It achieved this many times, against robots like Axe Awe, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Manta and Kat 3.
The team captain of the robot was Kim Davies, who was originally joined by Kevin Pritchard and Lee Wicombe. In Series 3, Wicombe and Pritchard left the team, the latter creating a similar robot named Evil Weevil, and Davies was joined by his son Michael and Simon Rosen (strangely he was never seen on TV and presumably left after this series). Christian Bridge won a competition in Robot Wars Magazine to join the team for Series 4 (he was still listed as a team member for Series 5, but was not seen on TV during this series). In Series 7, Davies got a job as a technical assistant on the show and left, so the team was entirely changed. Pritchard had returned to the team in Extreme 2 and took over the controls in Series 7 with team-mates Paul Wier and then-webmaster of the official Panic Attack website, Jamie McGarry.
Panic Attack had a rivalry with the House Robot Shunt, that spawned from their very first encounter, the Heat F gauntlet during the Second Wars. After Panic Attack had taken a leap off the see-saw, it had got stuck on the top of Dead Metal, and Shunt came in, and caused damage to the top of Panic Attack, referred to as 'machine gun holes'. Panic Attack did not have to wait long for its vengeance however, in the Sumo trial, Panic Attack managed to defeat Shunt, after the two dodged each other, Shunt drove off the platform.
After a somewhat quieter Series 3 between the two machines, the grudge was rekindled in The Fourth Wars. During Panic Attack's heat semi-final against Saw Point, Shunt was pressurised repeatedly by Panic Attack, who shoved it around the arena. During the Semi-Finals, Shunt once again came under attack from Panic Attack, who hoisted Shunt off its wheel, but failed to topple it over. Perhaps the most famous encounter between the two was the Sumo Basho side competition. After evading each other on the plinth, Shunt mistimed a charge, and Panic Attack was able to push Shunt off, although it went itself. Video replays showed that Shunt had hit the tyres just before Panic Attack had, and so Panic Attack was victorious.
During the first series of Extreme and Series 5, the grudge once again mellowed, Panic Attack once again lifted Shunt off its wheels twice during these two series, but failed to topple him. The grudge remained quiet during Series 6, where the noticeably weaker Panic Attack Gold failed to attack Shunt at all, the House Robot paraded the defeated Panic Attack around the arena and onto the flipper during the Heat Final.
During Extreme 2, in the Commonwealth Carnage, Panic Attack came up against Shunt during its first round battle. After leaving Terror Turtle to Sir Killalot, Panic Attack turned on Shunt, lifting the House Robot again, but not pushing it onto its side. The two would meet one last time.
The first round battle of the All-Star Championship in Series 7 was the last encounter between the two. Shunt was ganged up on by the four competing robots, Panic Attack assisting in overturning the House Robot, one last act of vengeance between the two nemeses.
Perhaps Panic Attack's most famous grudge was with Firestorm. This grudge began with the two machines' first conflict, during the first semi-final of Series 3. During this battle, Firestorm dominated large portions of the battle, at one point pinning Panic Attack against the arena side-wall; however the match was settled by the judges, who ruled in favour of Firestorm.
The two fought again during the All-Star competition during the first Extreme series. After mistiming a move, Panic Attack left its sides exposed to Firestorm, who then lifted Panic Attack onto the side wall, as it had during their first encounter. This time however, Panic Attack's srimech was facing away from the wall, so it couldn't work its way free. Despite the best efforts of the House Robots, Panic Attack remained stuck on the wall, and was counted out.
The grudge was rekindled during the loser's melee during the semi-finals of Series 5. Despite Panic Attack breaking down, and then coming back to life again, during the battle the pair managed only one flip apiece, far quieter than previous battles.
During the Commonwealth Carnage, the two met once more. In a battle dominated by Firestorm, the robot from Durham once more putting Panic Attack on its side after shoving Panic Attack around the arena. From there, Panic Attack's srimech was ineffective, and Firestorm was victorious for the fourth time.
The very same battle in which Shunt faced Panic Attack for the last time proved the battling ground for the final conflict between Firestorm and Panic Attack as well. Neither robot attacked each other, choosing instead to attack the House Robots. Firestorm eventually drove into the pit deflecting off Refbot, Panic Attack going on to qualify, the only time it would defeat Firestorm on five occasions.
Panic Attack was the first robot to compete in Heat F. In the Gauntlet, it took the centre route and, after a nervy start, made it onto the ramp. However, as it got halfway up, Sir Killalot followed and held the ramp down. Unable to turn back, Panic Attack made a flying leap off the ramp, right onto Dead Metal. After several attacks by Shunt, Panic Attack had achieved 10.8 metres, which was enough to put it in third place and into the next round. (The time-out of The Parthian Shot would have put it through anyway).
- "It's all very well to be called Panic Attack, but you shouldn't panic when you're halfway across the see-saw..."
- — Philippa Forrester
In the Sumo Trial, it took its revenge against Shunt after he fell off the platform after 13 seconds, putting it through to the Arena stage. In the Arena Semi-Final, Panic Attack managed to get underneath Whirling Dervish and flip it over, before disabling Sergeant Bash. In the Arena Final against Disruptor, it managed to easily push its opponent into the pit, its body being too low for Disruptor's saw to reach. This easily saw it through to the Semi-Finals.
In the Semi-Finals, Panic Attack finished in equal last place in the Gauntlet with Mace, getting stuck after just 6.9 metres. Both robots then contested the Gauntlet again at the same time, but Mace was pitted by the Sentinel so Panic Attack progressed to the next round. Panic Attack then finished first in the Pinball Trial with an impressive score of 320 points. In the Arena, Panic Attack pushed Mortis into the PPZ, and with the help of Matilda, pushed its opponent into the pit of oblivion and qualified for the Grand Final.
In the first round of the Grand Final, Panic Attack pushed Killertron into the PPZ, where it was flipped over by the lance of Sir Killalot. With its opponent at the mercy of Sir Killalot, Panic Attack spent the rest of the battle attacking the house robots and managed to push Sergeant Bash into the pit, going in itself in the process. However, Killertron had long since been immobilised and Panic Attack went through. The final battle was against Cassius, and it was Rex Garrod's machine that started the stronger, driving underneath Panic Attack, sending it into the air and back onto its wheels. Cassius then attempted to attack Panic Attack before reversing and turning around, which allowed Panic Attack a run at the back of its opponent and it took this opportunity by pushing Cassius into the Pit of Oblivion, thus claiming the title of Second Wars Grand Champion despite having been the underdog for the entire series.
- "We've honestly thought we've been going out since every round we came in, and it's just been a dream"
- — Kim Davis on winning the title
Panic Attack returned for Series 3, completely rebuilt since Series 2 with a stronger forklift and new self-righting mechanism. It won its first round battle by driving around, lifting up, then completely overturning Axios before overturning Matilda.
- "Toe Cutter could cut a melon in half, as they told everyone. It looked good, but unfortunately for them, PA was much tougher than a melon."
- — Panic Attack website
Panic Attack repeated this tactic successfully against Toe-Cutter in Round 2 and tried to take on Sergeant Bash. In the heat final, Panic Attack had problems getting a hold of the much faster and more aggressive X-Terminator, but eventually slammed it into the arena wall. This ruptured X-Terminator's gas canisters, disabling its axe and self-righting mechanism. Eventually, Panic Attack managed to flip X-Terminator over to progress to the semi-finals.
In the first round of the semi-finals, Panic Attack came up against Thing 2. Thing 2 started well, pushing Panic Attack into a CPZ and then into an arena wall, but the champions came back, reversing into Thing 2 and causing it to be turned over by an arena spike. In the next round, Panic Attack came up against Fire Storm. Both robots spent the early stages of the battle attempting to get underneath each other, but neither were able to flip the other over. This was until Panic Attack was lifted up by an arena spike, giving Fire Storm the chance to get underneath and pin its opponent against the arena wall. Panic Attack righted itself but lost out on a judges' decision and was eliminated from the competition.
After the main competition was over, Panic Attack represented Wales in The First World Championship. In its first round match against 101, Panic Attack was able to get underneath its opponent and lift the robot into the air with its lifting spikes, turning it upside-down in the process. Panic Attack then picked up 101 again and, while attempting to carry 101 to the pit, it accidentally reversed in itself.
Panic Attack returned for Series 4 as the fourth seed, in recognition for winning Series 2. In the first round, it efficiently teamed up with S.M.I.D.S.Y. against Overkill GTI, lifting it up and pushing it around the arena, proceeding through on a judges' decision. In Round 2, it got hold of Saw Point very quickly and tried to lift it out of the arena, but got it stuck against the grinders. Saw Point then became immobilised and was seized by Sir Killalot, who lifted it up and took it towards the pit. Panic Attack took advantage of the now front heavy Sir Killalot, lifting it up and trying but failing to push it into the pit as Sir Killalot dropped Saw Point in. Panic Attack met up with S.M.I.D.S.Y. again in the heat final and had a lot of trouble catching its faster opponent until it got its forks wedged in its rival's wheel guard, allowing it to dump the Cyberspace machine down the pit.
In the Semi-Finals, Panic Attack was drawn up against 10th seeds Spawn of Scutter. After lifting it up several times, it drove the Essex machine into the arena wall, stranding it there.
This led to a battle against 30th seeds Stinger. Panic Attack's tough armour deflected the numerous blows Stinger administered, as it pushed the axlebot around the arena and into several CPZs. The judges had to make a decision and gave the match to Stinger by one point on a split, and extremely controversial, call.
- "It's a shame, as I think Stinger was the only robot that Panic Attack couldn't have beaten outright!"
- — Jamie McGarry
Panic Attack also competed in the Sumo Basho side-competition. It was the only robot that successfully managed to push Shunt from the platform. After 21.5 seconds, both robots fell from the platform but the replay showed that Shunt hit the ground first so Panic Attack was ruled the winner. As the only robot to actually defeat Shunt, Panic Attack won the tournament.
Panic Attack later competed in the War Of Independence special. In its first round match against Rammstein, it used its forklifts to overturn the American machine several times, although this had little effect as its opponent was invertible. However, Rammstein quickly lost power (its batteries were designed to last for the three-minute matches held in BattleBots, rather than the five-minute ones held in Robot Wars), which allowed Panic Attack to lift it up and pit it. This led to a rematch from Series 2 against Mortis. Although Panic Attack managed to flip Mortis onto its side and push it into Sir Killalot, the judges gave the split decision to Mortis due to the numerous axe blows it landed.
Panic Attack competed several times in Extreme 1 with an improved self-righting mechanism that could also be used like a secondary weapon, for lifting and clamping purposes. Because of its status as former champion, it featured in the All-Stars competition, where its first fight was against Firestorm 3, the robot that ended its reign in Series 3. Within the first few seconds, however, Firestorm got under Panic Attack, flipped it over, and then pushed it against the arena wall so that it couldn't self-right.
Panic Attack also competed in a Vengeance against X-Terminator and a Wild Card Warrior battle against Axe Awe. It overturned X-Terminator, who was unable to self-right due to a new spike addition. Panic Attack then helped X-Terminator self right, before getting underneath it and pitting it. Panic Attack flipped Axe Awe over in the Wild Card Warrior battle, but Axe Awe was able to self-right. Panic Attack then proceeded to use its signature move to slip beneath Axe Awe and pit it. It finally fought in the International Inferno against Manta, Maximill and Flensburger Power. It rammed Flensburger Power once, causing it to break down, whilst Maximill was defeated by Manta. Finally, Panic Attack secured the win after making its signature pitting manoeuvre against Manta.
- "Shear Khan? What a name! What does it mean, I wonder?"
- — Jamie McGarry on the Panic Attack website
Panic Attack fought Shear Khan and Diotoir in a Mayhem qualifier. Panic Attack went after Shear Khan first in an attempt to silence the newcomer's big weapon and was successful, flipping it over and leaving it in the flames. Strangely, Diotoir didn't catch fire but was flipped anyway, and the poster of Panic Attack that Diotoir had put on its scoop was incinerated. Diotoir did not self-right and was counted down. Panic Attack tried to awaken it, but when that failed it hooked Diotoir onto its back and performed its usual manoeuvre by dropping the Dublin machine into the pit. The ex-champions then attacked Shunt, but received a yellow card from Refbot. Regardless, Panic Attack was through to the Annihilator.
- "Why bother? Everyone wants to see the house robots being attacked!"
- — Panic Attack website
In the Annihilator, Panic Attack began by lifting up both Disc-O-Inferno and Fighting Torque. Napalm then drove on top of Panic Attack, but the Series 2 champions couldn't flip it and it escaped. Panic Attack then drove away from the action, before returning to the fray. It then got under The Steel Avenger and later Fighting Torque, carrying each around for a while. Panic Attack then reversed into Disc-O-Inferno, whose disc tore a small bit of armour off the Welsh robot. It then attacked The Steel Avenger and almost flipped Disc-O-Inferno, but it didn't matter because Refbot counted out the destroyed Fighting Torque. In Round 2, Napalm was forced to pull out due to damage from the first round, so the remaining four robots fought on. Panic Attack began by pushing the flipped Steel Aveger towards the arena side wall, where it eventually self-righted. Panic Attack flipped the axe-wielding robot again, just as the Welsh robot was hit by Disc-O-Inferno. Panic Attack then lifted up the invertible machine but was shoved away and driven under by Spirit of Knightmare. Panic Attack recovered, and pushed the wedge shaped robot towards the arena wall. The Steel Avenger then attacked the former champions. Panic Attack then did a bit of dodging from the other robots, before both almost shoving Spirit of Knightmare into the pit and driving into it itself. It then attacked Spirit of Knightmare again, before attacking The Steel Avenger once more. However, the robot this time got a blow onto one of Panic Attack's side skirts. The Steel Avenger was then flipped and counted out, because it wasn't able to self-right. However, Panic Attack forfeited its place in the next round, as it had been too badly damaged, its fork mechanism being damaged by Steel Avenger, and having a magnet in one of its motors removed by Disc-O-Inferno.
- "It was the awesome driving skills of Kim Davis impressing us all. First knocking out Barber-Ous, and then instigating the fall of Tiberius the emperor, before making sure Kat 3 had used up all of its nine lives."
- — Jonathan Pearce on Panic Attack's run to the finals
In Series 5, Panic Attack ran into problems with its first opponent, the fairly destructive newcomers Barber-Ous. The spinning drum managed to disable the lifting forks and mangle a bit of the top armour. However, this run ended when Panic Attack pushed it into Sergeant Bash, which disabled one of Barber-Ous' wheels. Panic Attack was then able to push it down the pit.
Panic Attack moved on to fight Tiberius 2. Panic Attack was on the early attack on Tiberius 2, who got its claw into Panic Attack's weapon. Panic Attack broke free and the pushing continued. The Welsh machine then lifted Tiberius up again and pinned it to the wall. The House Robots came in and Panic Attack tried to flip Shunt over. Panic Attack then did its normal trick and dropped Tiberius down the pit, almost falling in itself. Panic Attack moved through to fight Kat 3, getting an early lift on Kat 3. However, it couldn't get loose again. Ramming at the wall couldn't free it, so Panic Attack opened the pit, but couldn't get free. Finally, however, it shook Kat 3 loose and dumped it down the pit.
In the semi-final against 2nd seeds Pussycat, Panic Attack started the stronger, pushing the pyramid shaped robot into the CPZ. However, problems with the aerial hindered Panic Attack's movement severely, making it stop and start frequently. Pussycat was able to take advantage of this, damaging the skirts and lifting forks, eventually winning a judges decision. This put Panic Attack into the loser's melee alongside Firestorm 3 and Wheely Big Cheese. However, the first attack by Wheely Big Cheese left it unable to move properly again. Firestorm eventually knocked it back into contention and spent most of the match pushing it around. A late lift-up of Firestorm in the last 10 seconds wasn't enough to save Panic Attack and it lost the judge's decision again.
- "It hasn't been tested, it's slow, it doesn't turn, we're not happy with it....No! Not a chance. The way it's going now, I very much doubt it."
- — Kim Davis and his response to Craig Charles' question about winning another title
Panic Attack came to Series 6 as the 8th seed. In its first battle against three veterans R.O.C.S., Corkscrew and Kronic 2, it had its skirt torn off by Corkscrew's spinning body. After the Scottish robot drove itself into the pit, Kronic 2 flipped R.O.C.S. over, giving Panic Attack a break to the next round. There, it faced A-Kill, who was unable to damage Panic Attack with any of its weapons. After a long and relatively boring fight (as described afterwards), Panic Attack managed to pit A-Kill. This lead to a match-up with Terrorhurtz. There, the former champion received numerous blows from the double-headed axe of Terrorhurtz, which damaged the top armour and began to pry it loose. When it was pushed into the CPZ, Matilda managed to break the panel clean off. Rendered immobile, Panic Attack was counted out of the Sixth Wars, before being flipped by the floor flipper and pushed onto the drop zone, where a washing machine was dropped on it much to the delight of the audience. Surprisingly, it managed to begin running again just as it was pushed onto the drop zone, but was unable to avoid the falling appliance-
- "However, this was just a waste of time, as the machine bounces off the tough robot!"
- — Jamie McGarry
The damage that the Series 6 version of Panic Attack took from Terrorhurtz, Matilda, Shunt and the drop zone was also one of the reasons for why the team reused their original Series 5 version for the second series of Robot Wars Extreme.
Panic Attack also appeared briefly in the second series of Extreme, reverting to the Series 5 version of the robot for the Commonwealth Carnage, representing Wales. In Round 1, Panic attack went up against Cerberus, Crushtacean and Terror Turtle. Panic Attack spent the majority of the first round attacking Terror Turtle, pushing it around and dragging it by its spinning weapon, but was unable to finish it off. However, the Welsh machine went through on a judges' decision with Crushtacean. The second round was another rematch against Firestorm IV and was fairly even with neither robot getting the upper hand until Firestorm flipped Panic Attack onto its side against the arena wall. Panic Attack tried to self-right but Refbot broke its lid when he came in to see if Panic Attack was still moving. Mr. Psycho then lifted Panic Attack up and after grilling the former champion over the flames, pitted it, Mr. Psycho was then tipped on its side by Firestorm.
- "The seventh...it's going to be a biggy"
- — Kevin Pritchard
Panic Attack returned for the Seventh Wars, once again seeded 8th for the competition. The Series 5 and Extreme 2 version was used, albeit without the srimech, instead replacing it with an anti-hammer cushioned top plate. In its first battle, Panic Attack was up against New Blood heat finalists Edge Hog, previous Round 1 drop-outs Spin Doctor and fellow Welsh robot Mega Morg. Prior to the battle, Panic Attack was suffering badly from technical issues, where the robot kept intermittently cutting out and then starting up again, but since the battle was about to start, there was no time to try and fix it. In the battle, despite the transmission issues, Panic Attack managed to quickly overturn Spin Doctor just by slamming into it and then it picked it up with its forks and threw Spin Doctor into the pit release. This was the end for Spin Doctor as it was then counted out. Panic Attack then teamed up with the fellow Welsh yellow robot Mega Morg to pick up and push Edge Hog into the pit. There was a great deal of cheers coming from the Panic Attack/Mega Morg control booth.
- "Celebration in the welsh camps!"
- — Jonathan Pearce, as both Welsh teams celebrate, following Edge Hog's demise
This put both welsh robots through to the next round of the heat. In the pits, after a lot of time for repairs, the technical problems during the battle were found to be caused by a loose wire in the receiver. In the Heat Semi-Final, Panic Attack was drawn up against Dutch entrant Tough As Nails. However, Panic Attack was yet again suffering from technical problems, as the forks wouldn't go down to the floor, which put it at a disadvantage straight away. In the actual battle, unable to lower the forks, Panic Attack was only able to ram Tough As Nails rather than get underneath it, and since the forks were at an awkward angle, Tough As Nails was able to take advantage and brake the forks off mid-way through the match, leaving the Series 2 champions without weaponry at all. This meant that Tough As Nails was able to dominate the pushing battle that then ensued. On several occasions, Tough As Nails was nearly able to put Panic Attack down the pit, but Panic Attack's six-wheel drive managed to halt each attack. Despite a few dodges from the CPZs by Panic Attack and also a few retaliating pushes towards the end of the battle, the battle went to a judges' decision, with the decision going in favour of Tough As Nails, eliminating Panic Attack from the competition.
- "Well, a lesser robot would've fallen by now"
- — Jonathan Pearce, towards the end of the battle
Towards the end of filming for the Seventh Wars, the Panic Attack team were asked to take part in the upcoming Annihilator, but by the time the team were able to confirm that they could take part, the slots were already filled.
- "It eventually turned out that this show was full...so we packed to go home again. But no! We were asked to take part in an "All-stars" show with lots of famous and sucessful robots from the past (and Kat 3.)"
- — Panic Attack Website
However, Panic Attack did later make a comeback in the All-Stars tournament at the end of the series. Its first round battle saw it go up against Kat 3, Firestorm 5 and Bigger Brother. However, in the battle, all four machines ignored each other and proceeded to attack the House Robots instead. All four immediately went straight for Shunt, leaving it overturned and immobile. The four then turned on Cassius Chrome, but as Panic Attack went in to attack it, Firestorm 5 came in from the other side, and as Firestorm tried to shove Cassius Chrome, it also scooped up Panic Attack and shoved it across the arena as well. After a while, Cassius Chrome was immobilised, but the competitors were unable to overturn it. However, Panic Attack qualified for the next round alongside Kat 3, after Firestorm 5 drove into the pit whilst attacking the Refbot and Bigger Brother following it after pursuing Kat 3. This was the first time a fight involving Firestorm and Panic Attack, where the Series 2 champions went through. However, Panic Attack was quickly defeated in the Semi-Final stage against Dantomkia. In the battle, after a short ducking and dodging session, Dantomkia carefully lined up an attack, getting in underneath the side skirts of Panic Attack and throwing the latter over, and following that up by throwing it out of the arena. Dantomkia then went on to attack the house robots before cease was called. This was Panic Attack's last appearance in Robot Wars.
|PANIC ATTACK - RESULTS|
|The Second Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat F, Gauntlet||10.8 m (3rd)||Qualified|
|Heat F, Trial (Sumo)||Victorius (1st)||Qualified|
|Heat F, Semi-Final||vs. Whirling Dervish||Won|
|Heat F, Final||vs. Disruptor||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Gauntlet||6.9 m (equal 5th)||Drew|
|NOTE: Panic Attack had to face Mace in a race-off to break the tie.|
|Semi-Final 1, Gauntlet Race-off||Completed (1st)||Qualified|
|Semi-Final 1, Trial (Pinball)||320 points (1st)||Qualified|
|Semi-Final 1, Arena||vs. Mortis (2)||Won|
|Grand Final, Eliminator||vs. Killertron (4)||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Cassius (5)||Won|
|The Third Wars - UK Championship|
Semi-Finals, Round 2
|Heat K, Round 1||vs. Axios||Won|
|Heat K, Round 2||vs. Toe Cutter||Won|
|Heat K, Final||vs. X-Terminator||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 1||vs. Thing 2||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 2||vs. Firestorm||Lost|
|The First World Championship|
Representing Wales, Eliminator
|Eliminator||vs. 101 (ENG)||Lost|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
4th Seed, Semi-Finals, Round 2
|Heat O, Eliminator||vs. S.M.I.D.S.Y., Overkill GTI||Qualified|
|Heat O, Semi-Final||vs. Saw Point||Won|
|Heat O, Final||vs. S.M.I.D.S.Y.||Won|
|Semi-Final 2, Round 1||vs. Spawn of Scutter (10)||Won|
|Semi-Final 2, Round 2||vs. Stinger (30)||Lost|
|Sumo-Basho||Won in 21.5s||1st|
|War of Independence|
Representing UK, Semi-Finalist
|Round 1||vs. Rammstein (USA)||Won|
|Semi-Final||vs. Mortis (UK)||Lost|
|Extreme Series 1|
|Round 1||vs. Firestorm 3||Lost|
|Mayhem & Annihilator|
3rd in Second Annihilator
|Mayhem Qualifier||vs. Diotoir, Shear Khan||Won|
|Annihilator 2, Round 1||vs. Spirit of Knightmare, Fighting Torque|
Napalm 2, The Steel Avenger, Disc-O-Inferno
|Annihilator 2, Round 2||vs. Spirit of Knightmare, Napalm 2|
The Steel Avenger, Disc-O-Inferno
|Qualified (by Default)|
|Annihilator 2, Round 3||vs. Spirit of Knightmare, The Steel Avenger|
|Annihilator 2, Round 4||vs. Spirit of Knightmare, Disc-O-Inferno||Eliminated|
|NOTE: Panic Attack had suffered major damage and the team was unable to fix it, so the competition skipped to Round 5 and Panic Attack was eliminated.|
Wild Card Warriors, Vengeance & International Inferno (Representing UK)
|Wild Card Warriors||vs. Axe Awe||Won|
|International Inferno||vs. Flensburger Power (GER), Manta (USA), Maximill (NED)||Won|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
6th Seed, Semi-Final, Round 1
|Heat J, Eliminator||vs. Barber-Ous||Won|
|Heat J, Semi-Final||vs. Tiberius 2||Won|
|Heat J, Final||vs. Kat 3||Won|
|Semi-Final 2, Round 1||vs. Pussycat (2)||Lost|
|Semi-Final 2, Losers Melee||vs. Wheely Big Cheese (10), Firestorm 3 (7)||Lost|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
8th Seed, Heat Final
|Heat I, Round 1||vs. Corkscrew, R.O.C.S., Kronic 2||Qualified|
|Heat I, Round 2||vs. A-Kill||Won|
|Heat I, Final||vs. Terrorhurtz||Lost|
|Extreme Series 2|
Representing Wales, Semi-Finalist
|Round 1||vs. Terror Turtle (CAN), Cerberus (CYP)|
|Round 2||vs. Firestorm 4 (ENG)||Lost|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
8th Seed, Heat, Round 2
|Heat M, Round 1||vs. Mega Morg, Edge Hog, Spin Doctor||Qualified|
|Heat M, Round 2||vs. Tough As Nails||Lost|
|Round 1||vs. Bigger Brother, Kat 3, Firestorm 5||Qualified|
- Wins: 29
- Losses: 12
- Series 1: Did not enter
- Series 2: Grand Champion
- Series 3: Semi-Finals, Round 2
- Series 4: Semi-Finals, Round 2
- Series 5: Semi-Finals, Round 1
- Series 6: Heat Final
- Series 7: Heat, Round 2
Outside Robot WarsEdit
The team, calling themselves The Welsh Wizards, also entered Panic Attack (billed as Panic Attack 3) in one season of BattleBots, losing out to frenZy. They returned next season with Scallywag, a wedge-shaped lifter with a colour scheme similar to Panic Attack.
The Series 5/Extreme version of Panic Attack was recently taken out of retirement and overhauled back to running condition in mid-2012, with the intention of entering live events again. Its first fight was an exhibition match hosted by Robots Live! against Behemoth - during the battle, Panic Attack's srimech failed to work correctly and had to depend on Behemoth to right it. As a result, Behemoth ultimately won the fight via judges' decision, with both robots still mobile at the end.
Appearances in MerchandiseEdit
- Panic Attack/Pullback
- Panic Attack/Pitstop
- Panic Attack/Minibot
- Panic Attack/Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem
- Panic Attack/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (PC/Xbox)
- Panic Attack/Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction
- Panic Attack/Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction
- Panic Attack is one of five competitors to have been seeded on four occasions, having been seeded in every series except for Series 2, its début series. It is also the only Grand Champion (with the obvious exception of Typhoon 2) never to have been the number one seed, due to Series 3 omitting the seeding process.
- Panic Attack is one of only seven robots to break 200 points in a Pinball tournament. Others to have achieved this are Gemini, Spawn of Scutter, Roadblock, Killerhurtz, King B3 and Razer.
- Panic Attack, as a former Grand Champion, featured heavily in Robot Wars video games, and was in every single one except for Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (GBA)
- For Series 4, the team had a smaller version of Panic Attack called Panic, which was a modified RC Car and used as a mascot, driven by team member Michael Davis at school fêtes.
- Panic Attack was profiled in Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide.
- Panic Attack was the only one of the UK Grand Champions to not make a subsequent appearance in a Grand Final.
- Panic Attack was one of 22 robots whose final appearance on Robot Wars had them Thrown Out of the Arena. It was also the sixtieth and last robot to suffer this fate.
- Out of 28 Robots to have represented the United Kingdom, Panic Attack is the only one to have originated from Wales.
- Panic Attack was one of eight robots to have flipped Matilda. Others to have done so were Chaos 2, Cassius, Facet, Inquisitor Mk 2, Recyclopse, Steg 2 and Tricerabot.
- Panic Attack is one of nine UK Series Competitors to have fought in BattleBots.
- Panic Attack is one of only five robots to have fought in 6 wars, having fought in every wars from the Second Wars to the Seventh Wars. It shares this pattern with Behemoth and Team Firestorm.
- Panic Attack was one of only three Semi-Finalists from Series 2 to get to the Semi-Finals of Series 3, along with Mace 2 and Beast of Bodmin.
- Panic Attack was the only Grand Champion to have been hit by an object from the Drop Zone.
- Panic Attack was the only Grand Champion to lose before the Heat Final in a series after it won the championship, losing in Round 2 of Series 7.
- Panic Attack has lost more battles than any other Grand Champion at 12.
- Panic Attack is the only robot to have lost to a single opponent on four occasions.
- Panic Attack was one of six robots to be a figurine for the Robot Wars Board Game.
- Panic Attack is one of four robots to be the same seed in consecutive series (8th in Series 6 and 7). The others are Tornado, Chaos 2 and Wild Thing.
- Panic Attack's Series 3 heat final battle with X-Terminator was nominated for the Battle of the Series, however it lost out to The Big Cheese vs Chaos 2.
- If there had been a Series 8 of Robot Wars, Panic Attack would probably have been invertible.
- Panic Attack, Razer and The Morgue were the only robots to both forfeit a place and benefit from another robot's forfeiture. Of these three, Panic Attack was the only one to do so in the same competition.
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