The tenth series of Robot Wars was publicly revealed on March 6th 2017, the day after Episode 1 of Series 9 first aired. Applications for competing heavyweights opened on this day, initially with a deadline of April 20 2017. This deadline was brought forwards to March 20, 2017, and then pushed back again to March 27th following a series of rule changes.
The series was originally planned to include a Featherweight Championship, but on March 21st, 2017, this was cancelled due to time constraints, with the intention of filming a featherweight contest after the main series had concluded filming.
The RAF revealed over Twitter that Robot Wars intends to air a "Services Special" in late 2017-early 2018, although it is unconfirmed if this is linked to Series 10.
In response to the dominance of spinners, entanglement weapons have been legalised, as long as the robot's weapon is specifically built to tackle spinning weaponry - it cannot consist of low-tech devices such as a fishing net, cables or mesh. Legal entanglement devices cannot exceed 1m in length, nor can it attach the opponent to the competing robot.
The new walkerbot weight limit was increased to 145kg, to encourage the creation of more robots of this ilk, while the equivalent weight limit for heavyweight shufflebots was also increased slightly to 125kg.
The standard weight limit for the proposed featherweight category was increased to 13.6kg - 1.6kg more than the previous limit. Shuffling featherweights could weigh 15.1kg, an increase from the standard 13.6kg limit, while walking featherweights could weigh 17.6kg.
Additional clauses were added for safety reasons, in that LED lights must be disabled upon the removal of the safety link, and that locking bars for flippers and spinners need to be possible to insert while the robot is in any position. The regulations for pneumatic weapons were also changed. The main isolation valve must now be attached to the bottle, and be easily accessible while the robot is inverted. Dump valves must be accessible by hand, and be located in one single location.
The producers of the show have stated that they would like to see robots apply with little-used weapons such as crushers and pneumatic spikes, or 'control-bots' in the vein of BattleBots competitor Complete Control.
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- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/UKRobotWars/posts/814066092091075
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- ↑ https://twitter.com/rafengineering/status/844466162327007232
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/insidethebot/13th-march-2017-robot-wars-rule-change-special-ft-henry-imbert-grant-cooper-james-cooper
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