- "Could leave more experienced machines on the horn of a dilemma..."
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Rhino
Rhino was Team Reactor's entry for the seventh series of Robot Wars, designed to resemble a rhinoceros, as the team had a desire to build a robot that looked like something. It reached the second round before falling to The Steel Avenger.
Rhino was a four-wheel driven robot, built to resemble a rhinoceros, with the rhino's 'head' acting as a high-pressure flipper. It was also armed with a 2500RPM bludgeoner on the back, which Jonathan Pearce ridiculed.
- "What is that?...That's not a weapon, that's some sort of...fan!"
- — Jonathan Pearce comments on the Rhino flywheel
It was untested before its qualifying battle but had destructive and potent weaponry. However, the self-righting mechanism did not always work and, according to the robot's stasistics, the "driver needs more practice".
Rhino participated in Heat I of the Seventh Wars, and was placed up against the number 16 seeds Storm 2, past Heat Finalist Supernova, and newcomers Mayhem in its first round battle. In the battle, Rhino lived up to its name as it immediately charged at Supernova, but missed. Storm 2 then came up behind it and pushed it across the arena. Rhino tried to fight back, but Storm 2 got up to speed and crashed it against an angle grinder, almost sending Rhino onto its back. Mayhem hit Rhino, but caused no damage, before Supernova hit them both, bouncing off Rhino and taking one of Mayhem's tyres off. Rhino then flipped Storm 2, but it bounced back onto its wheels. Storm 2 rammed Rhino against the wall again, putting its opponent on top of it. Rhino was then pushed into a CPZ and Matilda, in an attempt to hit Rhino, actually severely damaged the arena side wall, giving Rhino time to escape. Meanwhile, Mayhem had been immobilised and Rhino lifted Storm 2 again.
- "Rhino... just about moving"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Rhino's movement
Rhino was now barely moving, but Supernova, after taking one of Sir Killalot's tracks off, had broken down and was counted out, sending Rhino through to the next round of the heat.
In the second round of the heat, Rhino was placed up against The Steel Avenger. In this battle, The Steel Avenger managed to get around the more sluggish Rhino machine and dig its axe in a couple of times and Rhino missed with its flipper. Steel Avenger activated the pit, but Rhino steered away and tried to ram Steel Avenger.
- "The Rhino, very much an endangered species out there in the warzone."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Steel Avenger pushed back and pushed Rhino against the arena wall and axed another hole into it. Rhino then appeared to have broken down and Steel Avenger pushed it near to the pit and, after a few attempts and a late flip from Rhino, pushed it down into the pit of oblivion, eliminating Rhino from the competition.
|RHINO - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat I, Round 1||vs. Mayhem, Storm 2 (16), Supernova||Qualified|
|Heat I, Round 2||vs. Steel Avenger||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 1
|Series||Rhino Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Entered with Reactor|
|The Fifth Wars||Entered with Reactor 2|
|The Sixth Wars||Failed to qualify with Reactor 3|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
- In their interview after their defeat, Team Reactor noted that they based their robot upon a rhino for it was a threatening animal which had not yet been turned into a robot on the show. Ironically, Rhino's heat aired directly after Heat H, which contained Ceros, a fellow rhinoceros design.