Heat F of Robot Wars: The First Wars was the sixth and final heat which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The First Wars. Also included in this episode was the Grand Final of the First Wars. The episode featuring Heat F and the Grand Final was originally broadcast on March 27, 1998 on BBC Two.

Competing robotsEdit

Weight 65.7kg
Dimensions 1.15m x 1.15m x 0.50m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 25mm
Power 2 x 12V motors
Weapons Pneumatic ram
From: Enfield
Team Members: Neil Lambeth & John Ebden
Eubank the Mouse
Eubank the Mouse
Weight 20kg
Dimensions 0.90m x 0.90m x 0.90m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 10mm
Power 12V wheelchair motors
Weapons Right hook & left cross
From: Maidenhead
Team Members: Steve Dove
Prince of Darkness ready for battle
Prince of Darkness
Weight 27.2kg
Dimensions 0.90m x 0.50m x 0.35m
Speed 7mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 30mm
Power 14.4V drill motors
Weapons None
From: Sutton
Team Members: Jon Scott, James Cruickshank, Matthew Wilson & Stephen Rowles
Weight 86.3kg
Dimensions 0.92m x 0.73m x 1.00m
Speed 3mph
Turning Circle 2m
Ground Clearance 10mm
Power 2 x 12V motors
Weapons Steel bar (replaced with Killertron's mace in the heat final)
From: Oxford
Team Members: Jonathan Attias, Chris Crosskey, Peter Kyberd & Robin Cox
The Blob
The Blob
Weight 73.9kg
Dimensions 1.10m x 0.70m x 0.45m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 1.2m
Ground Clearance 5-50mm
Power 12V/24V motors
Weapons Lawnmower blade
From: Mitcham
Team Members: Phil Patching, Gareth Munday & Simon Carroll
Weight 52.9kg
Dimensions 1.55m x 0.85m x 0.20m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 12V motor
Weapons Spikes
From: King Edward VI Grammar School
Team Members: Andrew Rockliffe, Christopher Hancomb & David Hall


Competing order: 1. The Blob 2. Elvis 3. T.R.A.C.I.E. 4. The Mouse 5. Skarab 6. Prince of Darkness
Ranking Competing Robot Report Distance
Mouse gauntlet
Eubank the Mouse The Mouse charged into the right hand zone. Its zero turning circle gave it the ability to dodge Sergeant Bash and Dead Metal. It briefly ran into the side wall, and then the spikes on the pyramids, but it succeeded in dodging Matilda to cross the finish line. Completed
Prince of Darkness Prince of Darkness successfully tackled both ramps and almost reached the endzone, but Matilda nudged it away, and the judges ruled that it had not completed the Gauntlet.
"The Prince of Darkness is going all the way! Look at that! Oh, until Matilda came across, but did they cross the line? They think so - but the judges say no, they have to do it all again!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Now trapped between Matilda and the pyramids, Prince of Darkness manoeuvred and, once Matilda pushed forward too far, drove out from its predicament and crossed the finish line.

Skarab Skarab also took on the House Robot route, pushing through despite being battered and bathed in flames by Bash. Bash pushed it further up the route and into Dead Metal, who pinned it down. However, Skarab’s weight gave it the ability to push through Dead Metal and cross the finish line.
Jeremy Clarkson: "What's it like when you're being attacked by those things?"
Jonathan Attias: "I wasn't paying that much attention to them, actually. Just trying to force my way through."
Jeremy Clarkson: "Right, deduct points for smugness."
— After the Gauntlet
T.R.A.C.I.E. T.R.A.C.I.E. took the right hand avenue, but was very ponderous in passing Bash. It stopped completely in the centre of the route, allowing Dead Metal, Matilda and Bash to close in from all sides.
Andrew Rockcliffe: "It was hard, it was very hard."
Jeremy Clarkson: "Oh dear, you should have called it Sharon. Would've been better."
— After the Gauntlet run
The Blob The Blob trundled out of the turntable and put on a burst of speed to avoid Sergeant Bash pinning it to one side. It arched through the right hand route, but in an attempt to dodge Dead Metal, ran into the skittles. Dead Metal dodged, but The Blob did not take the opening, and Dead Metal and Bash boxed it in from both sides, pushing it through the skittles and into the ramp. Matilda drove across from her route to help, and between the three House Robots, The Blob lost most of its gained ground.
Jeremy Clarkson: "What changes would you have made to strategy there?"
Phil Patching: "Choose another driver, really."
— Light-hearted hindsight from The Blob
Elvis Elvis moved off the turntable, but was unable to move up the ramp. It repositioned its shell, but this did not help. Bash crossed from the right route and slashed with its circular saw, wrecking the paintwork of Elvis. Cease was called, and Bash's saw stopped - part of the saw had broken away.
"He needs some blue suede shoes to get out of there! Oh, you Hound Dog Sergeant!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Eliminated: Elvis

Trial (Snooker)Edit

T.R.A.C.I.E.'s design was ideal for this because its spikes provided the perfect ball controllers. Skarab, Prince of Darkness and The Blob all added different kinds of ball controller to help them in the game.

Tracie stuck

T.R.A.C.I.E. wedged against its own goal

Prince of darkness scores

Prince of Darkness puts its third goal in

The Blob was first to the pile of balls, breaking the triangle, whilst T.R.A.C.I.E. seemed to have wedged itself into its own goal. Prince of Darkness managed a long shot from the centre of the arena straight into its goal giving it the first pot. Skarab also managed to score and spent the remainder of the round guarding its pocket tactically. Prince of Darkness scored two more goals in quick succession whilst The Blob nudged a ball towards its pocket but didn't quite cross the line. Prince of Darkness gathered a lot of balls to pocket them and brought its total to six and Eubank the Mouse appeared to have broken down. The Blob was also cleared to go through because it remained active throughout the game. Despite the fact T.R.A.C.I.E. was the least active it was announced that Eubank the Mouse had "irreparably broken down".

1. Prince of Darkness - 6 Balls

"Prince of Darkness, ready to rack and stack 'em in. In goes a fourth ball...a fifth ball goes in - the Prince of Darkness is romping it - there's a sixth one for the Prince of Darkness"
— Jonathan Pearce

2. Skarab - 1 Ball

3. The Blob - 0 Balls, but 1 attempt

4. T.R.A.C.I.E. - 0 Balls

Jeremy Clarkson: "What happened to yours then?"
Andrew Rockliffe: "She's just a bitch."
Jeremy Clarkson: "Hahaha, quite honest."
— After the Trial

5. Eubank the Mouse - 0 Balls, with an "irreparable breakdown".

Eliminated: Eubank the Mouse



"And if, at the end of the bout, two robots are still running, we shall turn to our panel of adjudicators, for a decision. Now they're going to be marking you roboteers for style, control, violence and aggression. I, on the other hand, am only interested in violence. Now get out there and do some."
— Jeremy Clarkson

The Blob vs SkarabEdit

Blob v skarab

Skarab pushes The Blob into the side wall

The pair of ponderous machines came together, but Skarab clearly had the weight advantage and therefore pushing advantage. Skarab released its hammer, but it fell harmlessly to the ground and did not strike The Blob. Skarab retracted its hammer and pushed The Blob into the side wall, where Bash and Shunt attacked. The Blob showed no signs of moving free, and cease was called.

"Its oh-no-whoa, the big heave-ho, out onto those side bars, so difficult to escape from - especially with the Sergeant coming in. Argh! You could be right, you could be stone dead - oh! Rust in peace, The Blob!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Skarab

T.R.A.C.I.E. vs Prince of DarknessEdit

TRACIE vs prince of darkness

T.R.A.C.I.E. spears Prince of Darkness

Prince of darkness vs tracie

Prince of Darkness tips under pressure from T.R.A.C.I.E.

"It is the crowd favourite, its David against the heavyweight Goliath in the form of T.R.A.C.I.E."
— Jonathan Pearce on Prince of Darkness

T.R.A.C.I.E. was the stronger of the robots, pressing its spear against Prince of Darkness' ramp and pushing it around. It circled away and rammed it, but Prince of Darkness pulled back and prepared another attack. However, T.R.A.C.I.E. intercepted it and speared a hole in Prince of Darkness' left tyre.

"In comes the spike, like a dagger to the heart!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Prince of Darkness could still move, but when it attacked again, T.R.A.C.I.E.'s spears turned it side on and allowed it to stab through the wheel again. This deflated the tyre, and T.R.A.C.I.E. attacked Prince of Darkness' other side, almost tipping it over before Bash and Dead Metal intervened. T.R.A.C.I.E. drove onto a grille at the end, but Prince of Darkness was on the verge of collapse and cease was called.

Jeremy Clarkson: "Now, you were very rude about that earlier - you called it rude names. What do you think now?"
Andrew Rockliffe: "She's gorgeous"
— Amends are made

Winner: T.R.A.C.I.E.


Skarab vs T.R.A.C.I.E.Edit

Tracie skarab

T.R.A.C.I.E. spears Skarab

"Killertron, in order to help us uphold the honour of the hammerbots, because we're the only one left, has lent us their mace, because it'll give us the reach to get into the centre of T.R.A.C.I.E.'s electronics"
— Team Isis

T.R.A.C.I.E. was the first to attack, spearing Skarab's side. At once, Shunt, Dead Metal and Matilda attacked both robots, but when both showed mobility, backed off to join Sergeant Bash on the outskirts. When T.R.A.C.I.E.'s spears ripped away, part of Skarab's armour broke away. Skarab retaliated with a mace attack, but did not inflict any damage, only knocking its own debris off T.R.A.C.I.E.'s spear.

Tracie bash

T.R.A.C.I.E. assails Bash

"He's ripped the flesh off can see a trailer off one of the deadly prongs! And up against it, that mace is like a little schoolground conker against a juggernaut!"
— Jonathan Pearce

T.R.A.C.I.E. ran into Bash's CPZ, spearing the House Robot with its weapons. Meanwhile, Matilda attacked Skarab and sliced off the aerial, immobilising the weapon of Skarab. T.R.A.C.I.E. detached from Sergeant Bash and attacked Matilda instead, spearing the House Robot near her tusks. T.R.A.C.I.E. attacked Bash again, but Skarab was only driving around in small circles, and cease was called. The match went to the judges, and T.R.A.C.I.E. was given the last Grand Final place.

Heat Winner: T.R.A.C.I.E.

Trivia Edit

  • Eubank the Mouse became the third Stock Robot to cause controversy, as Elvis was eliminated due to The Mouse completing the Gauntlet.
  • T.R.A.C.I.E. became the only Grand Finalist in the series to not complete the Gauntlet.

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