Rip was a featherweight robot that competed in the Featherweight Championship of Series 7 of Robot Wars. It was essentially a miniature version of Team Roaming Robots' heavyweight competitor Ripper, which also fought in the main heavyweight championship in Series 7. Rip was actually the team's second featherweight, as they had previously competed in the Extreme 2 Featherweight Championship with the walkerbot Neoteric. Rip was much more successful, reaching the final of the Series 7 Featherweight Championship.
Like its larger counterpart, Rip was a green and yellow wedge-shaped robot armed with a pneumatic flipper, although powered by a single ram instead of Ripper's twin rams. The flipper was capable of firing quickly and wide enough to flip multiple robots over at once, while the robot also featured clear armour panels on its wedge showing its internals.
Series 7EditRip looked extremely promising in its first battle. It began by flipping Mini Maul, then G2 and Prince of Awe. It then flipped Prince of Awe again, and then G2 twice more, before clashing with Cygnus and being flipped by Prince of Awe. Rip then appeared to be trying to attack Mr. Psycho, who picked it up, damaging part of its flipper, and dropped it. Rip then shoved Prince of Awe around and also attacked Kitty, while G2's batteries fell out. Rip was put through to the final along with Prince of Awe by the judges.
In the final, Rip flipped Rampage 2 over at the beginning, before tring to flip but instead being flipped by Whipper. Next, Prince of Awe flipped Rip, but it righted itself, before flipping Bernard and Whipper at the same time. Rip then flipped Bernard onto the arena side wall. Rip then got Bernard off the wall and almost pitted it, instead shoving it into the CPZ. It returned to the action and Prince of Awe flipped it again. After this, Rip began to lose power to one side of the machine.
Team Roaming Robots were told by the producers that, given the opportunity, the House Robots would seek vengeance on an immobile Rip, following Ripper's attack on Shunt and Refbot in the heavyweight competition. As Rip was becoming immobile, Team Roaming Robots saved Rip from attacks by the House Robots by driving the robot directly into the pit, thus eliminating Rip from the final.
|RIP - RESULTS|
|Round 1||vs. Alpha, G2, Kitty, Mini Maul, Cygnus, Prince of Awe||Qualified|
|Final||vs. Bernard, Prince of Awe, Rampage 2, DTK, Whipper||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 1
|Main Series||Rip Series 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 Banana-R Armour|
|The Fifth Wars|| Entered with T-Bone|
Failed to qualify with R.I.P.P.E.R.
|The Sixth Wars||Failed to qualify with Ripper 2|
|The Seventh Wars|| Featherweight Championship Final|
Entered with Ripper
|Series 8||Ineligible with Ripper|
|Series 9||Ineligible with Ripper|
|Series 10||Not selected with Cyclone|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||Entered with Neoteric|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Like Ripper, Rip was rebuilt after Robot Wars, renamed Rip Evo, and still competes in the featherweight circuit today. Like Rip, Rip Evo was built to resemble a miniature version of the team's main heavyweight (Ripper Evo), but Rip Evo was repainted silver and was renamed Shockwave 2 in 2012. Shockwave 2 has since been sold to the Team Scar (the team that owns Scar, Eric and Chimera) and renamed Eric Jr. 2. It has since been passed hands Gareth Anstee, the person who owns Dystopia (Ripper) and has been renamed Utopia. This has since been extensively rebuilt so it is now a strong resemblance to Dystopia (itself an updated version of Ripper Evo, which Rip Evo originally resembled)
The team also fought with a new Rip, a rebuilt version of Beauty 3, until it was given to another team, with new internals, where it now fights as Busted.
The original Rip itself came out of retirement and was sold to Team Toon, who renamed Rip to Rip-Off. However, Rip-Off saw little action, and was returned to John Findlay, reverting to the Rip name in the process.
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
A much updated Rip competed in the first live event of the new Robot Wars at Portsmouth in March 2013. Rip has made regular appearances at each show. The original Rip that competed in Series 7 is still active as well, and both robots are brought to Robot Wars birthday parties and educational courses, where the new Rip is used as a house robot against builders' super-antweight robots.