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PulverizeR
Pulengeland
PulverizeR as it appeared in Dutch Series 2
Participation Information
UK Series 7, Extreme 2
Dutch Series 1-2
German Series 1
Other Names Pullverizer
(Dutch Series 1)
Team Information
Team Team P.C.P. (Pils Club PulverizeR)
Team Members Mischa de Graaf
Ruud van Buren
(Dutch Series 1, UK Series 7, Extreme 2)
Remco Doffer
(Dutch Series 1-2, UK Series 7)
Nico Kos
(Dutch Series 2, Extreme 2)
Robot Statistics
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.50m x 0.85m x 1.05m
Top Speed 13mph
Power 2 x 40W Motors
Weapons Vertical Spinning Flywheel

Robot statistics correct as of its most recent appearance on the show

PulverizeR was a competitor robot in both series of Dutch Robot Wars. In the first series, it was known as Pullverizer. It was a wide, invertible, cylinder-shaped robot, with a very large vertical flywheel, often compared to British competitor S3. The flywheel was very efficient at disabling other robots, and powerful enough to flip them over as well.

The team were a spirited bunch, who came dressed as orange-jumpsuited convicts in Dutch Series 1, and as Elvis Presley in every appearance thereafter, much to the delight of the commentators. PulverizeR lost in the heat final of the first series of the Dutch Wars, but went on to win the second series.

Since it was the reigning Dutch champion at the time, PulverizeR also competed in the European Championship and The Third World Championship, but lost in the first round both times.

PulverizeR had attempted to enter UK Series 7, but failed to qualify. In sympathy, Team KODOX wore PulverizeR t-shirts during their campaign for the title.

"Due to transmitter problems PulverizeR didn't react the way it used to. My transmitter broke down, as later seemed. I was able to borrow another transmitter and reciever to use for the World Championship that same week"
— Mischa de Graaf

Robot HistoryEdit

Dutch Series 1Edit

Pullverizer

The original Pullverizer

Pullverizer was impressive in its first battle, using its flywheel to immobilise RCC, in a short amount of time. Pullverizer's second battle ended quickly as well; the first hit from its flywheel flipped Scraptosaur upside down, and Scraptosaur was unable to self-right. This allowed Pullverizer to progress to the heat final. There it faced Twisted Metal, which disabled one of Pullverizer's exposed wheels with its disc. Twisted Metal carried on attacking, warping Pullverizer's disc and severing one of its wheels. Pullverizer was immobilised, so the house robots put it onto the floor flipper, where it was flipped and eliminated from the competition.

After this loss, Pullverizer was offered the wildcard, which would have allowed it to progress to the Grand Final. However, Pullverizer had sustained too much damage against Twisted Metal, so the wildcard was instead given to Lizzard.

Dutch Series 2Edit

Once again, PulverizeR easily immobilised its first two opponents; in the first round it used its flywheel to flip Bluemax clean over, and in the second round it easily disabled Scarab's legs, rendering it immobile. In the heat final, √3 triple-teamed PulverizeR, but PulverizeR's shape made it difficult for the triplets to do much more than lift it. PulverizeR eventually managed to flip over one third of √3, and strip a wheel off another. This meant that two thirds of √3 was immobile and the robot as a whole was out.

In the first round of the Grand Final, PulverizeR met Twister, who had been given a wild card spot. Both robots spun up their weapons, and Pulverizer used its speed to its advantage, getting around to the back of Twister and attacking it from there. PulverizeR hit the pit release, and then struck Twister hard enough to tip it over. Twister could not self right, and was helpless as PulverizeR pushed it into the pit. In the semi-final, PulverizeR met Scrap-2-Saur for a second time. Unfortunately for Scrap-2-Saur, it had taken a lot of damage in its last fight, and was not working at one hundred percent. Pulverizer managed to flip Scrap-2-Saur onto its back, and it looked like the match would end in a similar fashion to their battle in Series 1, but Scrap-2-Saur managed to get itself back onto its wheels. Scrap-2-Saur made one last brave effort, pushing PulverizeR into Mr. Psycho, but its flipping arm was beginning to fall apart, and was immobile shortly thereafter. In the final round, PulverizeR faced Philipper 2. Philipper 2 flipped PulverizeR many times, with little effect because PulverizeR was invertible. PulverizeR managed to tear a panel off Philipper 2 before being flipped some more. PulverizeR managed to hit Philipper 2 once more and bend its flipper a little before time ran out. The jury ruled that PulverizeR was the winner of the match, and the second Dutch Robot Wars champion.

"Without a little luck no robot can win Robot Wars. I had the luck of driving with Philipper at a live event before, so I had a little experience. Showing aggression gets you three points, but causing damage gets you four. With that knowledge I got in to this fight, keeping the disc pointing at Philipper and driving backwards long enough to get it up to speed, then just let him come to me. And it worked out the way I thought it would; a Jury's decision on damage."
— Mischa de Graaf

Extreme 2/German SeriesEdit

PulverizeR represented the Netherlands in the European Championship. Its first match was against World Champions Razer, and its shape proved difficult for Razer to get a hold of. However, Razer did eventually manage to grip PulverizeR, and begin crumpling into its shell. PulverizeR then drove down the pit by mistake, and was eliminated from the Championship.

"And the Dutch domestic champions fall into the pit, our very own "Heartbreak Hotel"!"
— Jonathan Pearce

UK Series 7Edit

After failing to qualify for the main competition of Series 7 of the UK Wars, PulverizeR represented the Netherlands again in the Third World Championship. In its heat, it faced fellow Dutch Wars competitor Crushtacean, and the Swiss Snake Bite. Crushtacean immediately activated the pit release, and then began ramming and grabbing PulverizeR. Snake Bite, meanwhile, had not even moved since the match began, so it was counted out. Crushtacean continued to grapple with PulverizeR, and Snake Bite sprang back to life and joined the fray. The clock ran out, so the judges chose the winner, and they ruled in favour of Crushtacean.

ResultsEdit

PULVERIZER - RESULTS
Dutch Series
Series 1
Dutch Championship
Heat Final
Heat B, Round 1 vs. RCC Won
Heat B, Semi-Final vs. Scraptosaur Won
Heat B, Final vs. Twisted Metal Lost
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Champion
Heat E, Round 1 vs. Bluemax Won
Heat E, Semi-Final vs. Scarab Won
Heat E, Final vs. √3 Won
Grand Final, Round 1 vs. Twister Won
Grand Final, Semi-Final vs. Scrap-2-Saur Won
Grand Final vs. Philipper 2 Won
UK Series
Extreme Series 2
European Championship
Representing the Netherlands, Round 1
NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars
Round 1 vs. Razer (UK) Lost
Series 7
The Third World Championship
Representing the Netherlands, Eliminated in Heats
Heat vs. Crushtacean (RSA), Snake Bite (SUI) Eliminated
PulverizeRx2

The two PulverizeRs

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Dutch Wins: 8
  • Dutch Losses: 1
  • UK Wins: 0
  • UK Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Dutch SeriesEdit

  • Series 1: Heat Final
  • Series 2: Grand Champion

UK SeriesEdit

  • Series 1-6: Did not enter
  • Series 7: Failed to qualify

Outside Robot WarsEdit

DutchDisplayEde2006

Pulveriser (left) on display with Tough As Nails at a live event in Ede, Holland in 2006

A third version of PulverizeR was created after Robot Wars, but it sees little usage. PulverizeR occasionally makes appearances at live events, but modern regulations on spinners usually make it unusable. Most notably, it competed in the 2005 European Championship, where it defeated Snake Bite and Hammerhead, finishing 4th overall.

TriviaEdit

European Championship Battleboard

PulverizeR's name over the wrong flag

  • Along with Razer, Tornado and the middleweight Typhoon, PulverizeR is the only robot to have fought and defeated both a clusterbot (√3) and a walkerbot (Scarab).
    • Like Tornado, PulverizeR's walkerbot victory was in the same series it won.
    • PulverizeR fought both in the same episode, the only one of the four to do so.
  • During the European Championship, the battle board after PulverizeR's defeat showed an Irish flag instead of a Dutch flag

HonoursEdit


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