"Ever since the first chimp picked up a bone off the prehistoric floor and used it to bash open the skull of a wildebeest, men have been obsessed with their tools. Millions of years on, and our homes are full of labour saving devices: toasters, refrigerators, microwaves and that thing you bought of the Shopping Channel with the free introductory spoon. But lately, my toaster’s been giving me the eye, imploring about being tumble-dried to death, and my food blender is now officially a lethal weapon. We live in dangerous times, and to prove it, six lifeless objects are about to be bought dangerously to life to fight for a place in our series semi-finals."
— Craig Charles' introduction

Heat B of Robot Wars: The Second Wars was the second of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Second Wars. The episode featuring Heat B was originally broadcast on November 13, 1998 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 5.8 million viewers, an increase of eight hundred thousand viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked third in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 9-15 November, behind only Have I Got News For You and The Simpsons.

Competing RobotsEdit


Death Trak
Death Trak
Weight 74.5kg
Dimensions 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.3m
Speed 8mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 55mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Detachable wedge shape
Notes Wheels acquired from local go-kart firm
From: Huddersfield
Team Members: Nick Murphy & Arthur Cobill
Weight 79.4kg
Dimensions 1.3 x 0.8 x 0.4m
Speed 6mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 15mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons 2000rpm flail and lifting arm
Notes Can lift over 115kg
From: St. Leonards-on-Sea
Team Members: Shane Howard & Brian Fountain
Tantrum s2 offical image
Weight 72.4kg
Dimensions 0.6 x 0.75 x 0.32m
Speed 9mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 3 x 12V batteries
Weapons Spiked flail turning at 1000rpm
Notes Design/construction cost over £500 and took 200 hours
From: Worthing
Team Members: Rupert Weeks & Chris Weeks
Weight 67.5kg
Dimensions 1.3 x 1.0 x 0.65m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 125mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Armoured spikes
Notes Victorian pram wheels and a helicopter gyro stabiliser
From: Guildford
Team Members: Peter Gibson


Chaos (Seeded 6th)
Weight 73.6kg
Dimensions 0.9 x 0.8 x 0.5m
Speed 20mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 75mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Ram and titanium blade
Notes Modified phantom jet nose gear retract cylinder
From: Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis & Mick Cutter
Leighanan offical image
Weight 82.9kg
Dimensions 1.4 x 0.8 x 0.6m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 30mm
Power 2 x 12V batteries
Weapons Petrol driven chainsaw
Notes Geared wheelchair motors with four wheel drive
From: Leigh City Technical College in Dartford
Team Members: Robin Williams, Tony Scofield & Chris Malyon


Left route: Sir Killalot and two pits.

Centre route: Barrier of barrels, ramp and Sergeant Bash
Right route: Ramrig, flame pit and Dead Metal
Competing order: 1. Mace 2. Wheelosaurus 3. Death Trak 4. Leighviathan 5. Tantrum 6. Chaos

Ranking Competing Robot Report Distance
Tantrum Tantrum took the centre route of the gauntlet, pushing straight through the barrels. It then reversed as it had become wedged on top of two of the barrels, before driving straight over the ramp. It pushed the barrels off the ramp, cleared it, dodged a blast of fire from Bash and made the endzone. Completed
Chaos bash
Chaos Chaos put on huge top speeds, pushing through the barrels but not managing to cross the ramp. It repositioned and crossed the ramp, but ran into Bash. Failing to push past Bash, it retreated and rammed again, pushing past Bash's ram front and clearing the Gauntlet. It ducked to one side to avoid Dead Metal, who rammed into the end wall.
"I think I was a bit too overenthusiastic on the controls."
— George Francis
Mace gauntlet
Mace Mace charged into the centre route, and was halted before the barrels by the arena spikes. When they went down, Mace charged through the barrels and up the ramp. Bash moved forward to block Mace as it moved free of the ramp, and Mace ran into a pyramid. Bash spun and blasted Mace with fire, but Mace retreated, and got behind Bash, pushing it forward towards the endzone. On the verge of success, Dead Metal came across and seized Mace, but Mace evaded and crossed the finish line, dragging Dead Metal with it. Completed
Wheelosaurus Wheelosaurus went straight down the centre of the gauntlet and knocked several of the barrels over, before moving back then using its large wheels to get over the barrels. It easily moved over the ramp, and on the second attempt got past Sergeant Bash. However, Dead Metal had moved down the course and battered at Wheelosaurus, whose axlebot design meant it could remain moving. As Wheelosaurus flailed, its spike weapon ripped the gas canister from Sergeant Bash.
"Sergeant Bash is in real trouble here! He's been immobilised, by Wheelosaurus! Who'd have thought that Victorian Pramwheels could disable Sergeant Bash?"
— Jonathan Pearce
Leighviathan gauntlet
Leighviathan Leighviathan was meant to compete third, but before it entered, the robot caught alight and the team had to postpone their run to fix it. Death Trak took its place. After Death Trak's run, Leightviathan was given only three minutes to repair its robot or it would be disqualified.
Derek Foxwell: "They've got the same frequency as the next competitor, if they're not ready when it's their turn to go, we have to take the radio away from them and they cannot repair their machine."
Philippa Forrester: "So how long have they got?"
Derek Foxwell: "Three minutes."
— Leightviathan is given a deadline.

The fears were alleviated when Leighviathan moved off the starting position and broke through the barrels, only briefly halted by the spikes. It used its chainsaw and plow to clear the barrels, spinning on the spot to move them. However, before it could take on the ramp, Sir Killalot moved in and lifted it up, tipping it on its side. Leighviathan's attempts to drive free resulted in it landing on its back.

Death trak gauntlet
Death Trak Death Trak trundled down the ramrig route, and slowly pushed through the first section. However, it was caught on the saws eventually, resulting in numerous sparks flying. Death Trak turned around and went back down the ramrig towards the starting position, but spun around and turned back. This indecision cost it its distance, and it placed last.
Philippa Forrester: "Guys, just one bit of news for you that might be frustrating - do you realise that you are only out by 30cm?"
Nick Murphy: "Is that it? Well, we went backwards"
Philippa Forrester: "That's all it was, so best of luck next time."
— Commiserations to Death Trak
Eliminated: Death Trak

Trial (Tug of War)Edit

Competing order: 1. Tantrum 2. Leighviathan 3. Wheelosaurus 4. Mace 5. Chaos

Ranking Competing Robot Report Result
Dead metal pit tug of war
Philippa Forrester: "What we want to see is Dead Metal in the Pit of Oblivion. I'm not meant to say that. Can you do that?"
Team Chaos: "So do I. I hope so. We'll give it a good go."
— Prior to Chaos' run

Chaos heaved on the chain, steadily pulling Dead Metal back. Dead Metal sat on the brink of the pit for several seconds, before lurching onto the slope. Chaos was unrelenting, and eventually Dead Metal fell back and into the pit, making Chaos the only successful robot in the Tug of War.

"This is a battle of pride here, because Chaos, surely doing enough to go through anyway- it wants Dead Metal in the Pit, it wants Dead Metal submerged in the smoke! Can he pull Dead Metal in? Humiliation for the House Robot!"
— Jonathan Pearce, as Dead Metal falls.
"Mace, nearly eighty kilos in weight. This could be tough for Dead Metal."
— Jonathan Pearce

Mace was able to hold Dead Metal, with both robots being pulled backwards or forwards slightly throughout the fight until the time ran out.

Leighviathan Leighviathan heaved on the chain, and neither robot gained ground on each other. The match was a stalemate, and cease was called, with the red ribbon only slightly leading towards Dead Metal. Survived
Wheelosaurus tug of war
Philippa Forrester: "I'm worried about these Victorian Pramwheels. In Tug of War, they ain't going to have much traction."
Peter Gibson: "Well they're about a hundred years old now, and I think the goodness has gone out of the rubber, but it might be enough for just one more go."
— Before the Trial

Wheelosaurus held up surprisingly well in the first ten seconds, managing to keep the chain taut and even get a big tug in. However, Dead Metal pulled harder and Wheelosaurus's fuse blew resulting in the chain going slack, with Wheelosaurus rolling towards the pit. The chain going slack led to Dead Metal impaling itself on the side of the ramp. Dead Metal straightened itself and pulled Wheelosaurus into the pit, but the few seconds Dead Metal had taken to reposition itself were enough of a delay for Wheelosaurus to beat Tantrum.

18.11 seconds
Tantrum tug of war
"Its got a heck of a lot [of traction]. Five weeks ago, it used to be a wheelchair, so it's used to carting around old dears."
— Confidence from Tantrum

At the start, Tantrum was steadily pulled back. At some points it managed to hold on, but the wheels simply couldn't pull back again Dead Metal and Tantrum was pulled into the pit.

"No grip on the wheels, can it survive, tantalising, teetering, tottering, toppling, toppling...Tantrum! Totalled!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tantrum is pulled towards and into oblivion
16.15 seconds
Eliminated: Tantrum


Semi FinalEdit

Leighviathan vs. MaceEdit

Philippa Forrester: "Who's going to win, do you reckon?"
Robin Williams: "It's a shame that we have to go in there and fight each other now. Once you're through the walls, you get out and fight."
Philippa Forrester: "No, no, no, this isn't the attitude we're looking for! Robot Wars is about fighting and battle!"
Robin Williams: "Well, we'll get them while we're in there"
— Philippa laughs at Leighviathan's attitude
Leighviathan mace

Mace gets beneath Leighviathan

Mace leighviathan

Mace attacking with its flail. Note Leighviathan's dislodged top armour

Leighviathan and Mace both charged forwards at the start, and despite Leighviathan's scoop Mace was easily able to get underneath with its lifter and push Leighviathan into the PPZ. Dead Metal tried to trap it in the PPZ, and in the process disabled Leighviathan's chainsaw. Then Shunt axed and trapped Leighviathan. Matilda then came in with her chainsaw and attacked the robot. Leighviathan soon got away, whilst Dead Metal attacked Mace. Mace then buffeted Leighviathan several times, dislodging its armour.

"They've been scalped, Leighviathan!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Leighviathan finally pulled away and the House Robots fell back. Mace buffeted Leighviathan with its flail weapon, and rammed it in the side. Leighviathan reversed onto Mace, but its broken chainsaw was unable to inflict damage. Mace pushed Leighviathan around and cease was called. The judges went for Mace.

Winner: Mace

Chaos (6) vs. WheelosaurusEdit

Chaos wheelosaurus

Chaos attacks Wheelosaurus

Wheelosaurus fire

Sergeant Bash sets Wheelosaurus alight with its flamethrower

Philippa Forrester: "Now, Peter's described the battle as Beauty and the Beast. What do you think?"
Mick Cutter: "We're definitely the beast when it comes to performance, but we think the robot looks quite good. It's just a matter of finding the weak point on his robot and doing business"
— Pre-match talk

Chaos knocked Wheelosaurus onto its side straight away, but this had no effect because of Wheelosaurus' design. Chaos's weapon was also ineffective for the same reason, but it managed to push Wheelosaurus near Bash, and Wheelosaurus was attacked by the flamethrower. Matilda and Shunt caught Wheelosaurus and began to inflict punishment on it, slicing through the wheels and axing the motor compartments.

"They're after Wheelosaurus, aren't they? They're trying to get to the very brains of the beast. I think they're after revenge! Remember, Wheelosaurus caused major damage to Sergeant Bash!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Chaos dead metal

Dead Metal slams Chaos and breaks the walls

Chaos, meanwhile, took on Dead Metal and was chased around the arena, being slammed into the arena wall - the impact of which tore the frames out of place. Chaos rammed and fled before Dead Metal during the end of the match, and part of Dead Metal's armour dislodged. Time ran out and cease was called, but the match did not go to the judges, as Wheelosaurus was clearly immobile.

Craig Charles: "At one stage, though, it looked like Dead Metal was about to give you a full lobotomy, didn't it?"
George Francis: "I think he's got it in for me after we pulled him into a pit."
Craig Charles: "But hey, one more fight and you're through to the series semi-finals. Are you feeling confident about the next one"
Mick Cutter: "We are now yes, that one was a bit - we didn't know where to hit him. But now it's out of the way, we'll give it a good go."
— After the battle

Winner: Chaos


Mace vs. Chaos (6)Edit

Mace chaos

Mace's flail dents Chaos's armour

Chaos matilda

Matilda flips Chaos again

Both robots turned around each other, trying to gain an advantage. Mace failed to lift Chaos before it moved away, and Chaos fired its lifter but did not topple Mace. Then both robots moved apart, but Chaos drove too close to the PPZ and Mace was able to push it towards Matilda. Matilda flipped Chaos over onto its back, and Chaos attempted to right itself, but failed, leaving it stranded on its end.

"Trying to get back to life, but they know they're in trouble!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Mace came in with its flail and slashed Chaos's armour. Shunt and Dead Metal came in, but Shunt accidentally righted Chaos. Chaos fled, but was eventually caught in the PPZ and flipped on its end again by Matilda. As the credits rolled, Sir Killalot used its claw to lift Chaos into the air and show it to the crowd, before dropping it into the pit.

Heat Winner: Mace

"When the Terminator sits down after finishing his chores, he has a "hasta la pizza", and he watches Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off



Chaos fails to self-right

  • The appearance of Chaos as the sixth seed made Heat B the first time that a seeded machine was placed in the heats.
  • Heat B was the first time that a robot attempted to use a self-righting mechanism to save itself from defeat, although it (Chaos) was not successful. It was later revealed that George Francis had forgotten to attach some "ears" to the back of the robot to stop it from getting stuck on its back.
  • Heat B was the first time a robot fell into the Pit of Oblivion, although it was not in a fight, nor was it by a competitor robot. Sir Killalot also pitted Chaos in the final, but it was after the cease, so it did not count.
  • This heat was the first time a House Robot was attacked by means other than by a flipper. Wheelosaurus attacked Sergeant Bash in the Trial, crippling the gas canisters.
  • This heat also marked the first appearance of an Axlebot in the UK series, as well as being one of the few that was not a Torque-Reaction Axlebot (Wheelosaurus).

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