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Heat D of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars was the fourth of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars. The episode featuring Heat D was originally broadcast on September 19, 2002 on BBC Choice and repeated on November 29, 2002 on BBC Two.


Competing robotsEdit

NewcomersEdit

Armadrillo
Armadrillo
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 0.20 x 1.06 x 0.86m
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Spike & cutting blades
Strengths Durable & strong
Weaknesses Vulnerable to flippers
From: Sheerness in Kent
Team Members: Mick Stock, Glen Doherty & Keith Jackson
Icu
ICU
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 1.16 x 1.02 x 0.66m
Power 2 x 24V electric motors
Weapons Pneumatic axe
Strengths Powerful & manouverable
Weaknesses Unreliable
From: Hereford in Herefordshire
Team Members: Nick Pritchard, Judy Pritchard & Graham Pritchard
Roobarb
Roobarb
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.64 x 1.00 x 0.85m
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Flipper & ramming spikes
Strengths Fast & powerful
Weaknesses Vulnerable bodywork
From: Feltham in Middlesex
Team Members: Joshua Pinto, Lee Simpson & Mark McIntyre

VeteransEdit

GBH 2
GBH 2
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.48 x 1.30 x 0.92m
Power 2 x 24V electric motors
Weapons 2 Flippers
Strengths Fast & manouverable
Weaknesses Fragile bodywork
From: Chelmsford in Essex
Team Members: Mike Smith, Alex Smith & Steve Dove
S3
S3 (seeded 7th)
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.75 x 0.95 x 1.25m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Steel disc
Strengths Destructive weapon
Weaknesses Aluminium armour
From: Donisthorpe in Leicester
Team Members: Dave Barker, Pete Allsopp & Ian Pritchard
Shredder
Shredder
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.26 x 1.00 x 0.93m
Power 750W 1/2 HP disc motor
Weapons Spinning discs
Strengths Reliable & destructive
Weaknesses Flammable
From: New Cubbington in Warwickshire
Team Members: Paul Hunt, Sam Jones & Chris Organ
Sir chromalot
Sir Chromalot
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.38 x 0.69 x 0.60m
Power 750W electric motor
Weapons Pneumatic flipper
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Jonathan Pearce
From: South Ockendon in Essex
Team Members: Steve Merrill, Ray Tait & Louis Merrill
The alien
The Alien
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.72 x 0.97 x 1.00m
Power 2 x 1000W electric motors
Weapons Spinning hammmer
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Pneumatic tyres
From: Heath Hayes in Staffordshire
Team Members: Karl Asplin, Sarah Asplin & Barry James

Round 1Edit

Sir Chromalot vs The Alien vs GBH 2 vs ICUEdit

ChromalotICU

Sir Chromalot overturns ICU

GBH rights

GBH 2 self-rights

The Alien began by hitting ICU, tearing straight into its armour and knocking off several eyes. Then it hit GBH 2, flipping it over, but it was able to self-right, in 'flamboyant style' as Jonathan Pearce claimed. ICU was the next to charge at Team Joint Effort's machine, but it missed, but so did GBH 2, who had attempted to flip ICU. The Alien then attacked ICU and was flipped over by Sir Chromalot, but it was able to self right. GBH 2 then flipped ICU onto the pit release bumper, and The Alien knocked Sir Chromalot over, but they too were able to self-right. The four robots came together, and moved across the arena. Shunt came out of its CPZ and flipped ICU, but pulled it back down again. By this time, The Alien's weapon had stopped working, and The Alien could only attack with brute force.

"This is one of the closest melees we've had in Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars so far, it is brilliant!"
— Jonathan Pearce
The Alien vs Sir Chromalot

The Alien turns Sir Chromalot over

GBH Alien Chromalot

"They all end up together. That's fitting"

GBH 2 was flipped again by Sir Chromalot, but waited its moment to self-right, and did so, while Sir Chromalot flipped ICU onto its back, from where it couldn't self-right. While Refbot counted out ICU, GBH 2 flipped Sir Chromalot over and it appeared to have run out of CO2, not able to self-right until The Alien knocked it back into a suitable position. GBH 2 flipped Sir Chromalot again, where it was unable to self-right as it was too close to the arena wall, and Growler pitted ICU. Finally, GBH 2 drove The Alien onto the arena side wall and flipped it up. Cease was called and the three active robots ended the battle in the same CPZ, albeit Sir Chromalot could not self-right.

Despite Sir Chromalot's perceived immobility at the end of the battle, the Judges felt it had done enough while active to earn a place in the second round, and The Alien also progressed on the basis of damage caused in the first half of the battle, eliminating GBH 2 by a narrow margin.

Qualified: The Alien & Sir Chromalot

S3 (7) vs Roobarb vs Shredder vs ArmadrilloEdit

ShredS3

S3 rips a disc from Shredder, while Roobarb lifts Armadrillo

Shredder vs S3 R1

Shredder pressures S3 into breaking the arena wall

S3 attacked Shredder straight away, sending one of Shredder's disc flying straight out of the arena, while Roobarb lifted Armadrillo. Roobarb then attacked the seeded machine, but when S3 bumped into it with its body, Roobarb lost mobility moments later, while S3 struck Armadrillo. Sir Killalot pressured the immobile S3 in the CPZ while the remaining three robots fought on. Shredder activated the pit and came back into the melee by pushing S3 into the arena wall, and part of the wall was ripped up by S3's disc.

"It is so powerful, it is destroying our arena!"
— Jonathan Pearce on S3
S3 vs Shredder R1

Mr. Psycho repeatedly hammers S3

Armadrillo vs Refbot

Armadrillo is freed by Refbot

Sir Killalot vs Roobarb

Roobarb is spun and pitted by Sir Killalot

Mr. Psycho came over and hit Roobarb with his hammer. S3 and Shredder clashed several more times, with Shredder carefully attacking the parts of S3's body where it could not be struck by the powerful disc, and Shredder pinned S3 in the CPZ, where S3 also broke another arena wall panel. Mr. Psycho then attacked S3 several times, bending its frame and briefly lifting it with the retracting hammer. Meanwhile, Armadrillo had appeared to have stopped in the middle of the arena, and Refbot began to count it out, nudging it in the process. Having been freed from its position on the arena floor, Armadrillo started moving again, but slower than before, while Refbot discontinued its count at the number 7. Sir Killalot spun Roobarb around in the centre of the arena, eventually dropping it in the pit. S3 finally escaped to the centre of the aren, and 'cease' was called. The Judges comfortably voted the controlled Shredder and the damaging S3 through over Armadrillo.

"Armadrillo prove that you can't get any points for playing dead in Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles

Qualified: Shredder & S3

Round 2Edit

S3 (7) vs Sir ChromalotEdit

Sir Chromalot vs S3

Sir Chromalot attempts to lure S3 into the pit

S3 vs Sir Chromalot

S3 throws Sir Chromalot over

S3 had had major gearbox trouble before the fight began after its clash with Mr Psycho in the previous round, but it eventually was mended. Sir Chromalot began by activating the pit release, before driving around the pit and waiting for S3. When S3 approached, it nearly drove into the pit, but just escaped.
"Steve, it's not often that I praise you, is it?"
— Jonathan Pearce, as he admires Sir Chromalot's tactical approach
Sir Chromapit

Sir Chromalot flees

Sir Chromalot vs Dead Metal

Dead Metal pits Sir Chromalot and itself

S3 then attacked Sir Chromalot and one hit from the disc threw Sir Chromalot over. S3 continued to attack Sir Chromalot, who self-righted and scurried to the other side of the pit, where a similar thing occurred. Then, S3 very nearly got Sir Chromalot in the pit, but they escaped. S3 threw Chromalot over again, and stopped moving after self-righting. Refbot then counted out Sir Chromalot. The house robots then came on the attack, and Sir Chromalot was then pitted by Dead Metal as time began to tick down.

Winner: S3

The Alien vs ShredderEdit

The Alien vs Shredder

The Alien strikes Shredder but loses its weapon

Shredder entered the battle inverted to protect its discs from the spinning hammer of The Alien, which spun up its weapon in the opening moments of the battle. It crashed into the centre of Shredder, knocking it onto the flame pit, but after another contact, The Alien lost the use of its spinning hammer, and Shredder rammed into it. Shredder attacked with another ram, but drove up the wedge of The Alien, and was pushed back onto the flame pit. Driving over the steam vent, a gush of CO2 tore part of Shredder's wheel guard away.

"Little weaponry power, I think for Shredder now. Can run both ways up, it's invertible, the way it's running up now seems to be protecting those blades."
— Jonathan Pearce
Shredder vs The Alien

The Alien traps Shredder under its srimech, but is attacked by Shunt

Shunt vs Shredder

Shunt punches through Shredder

The Alien pushed Shredder onto another steam vent, but drove itself into a CPZ and was attacked by Shunt. Shredder attempted to capitalise, but drove up the wedge of The Alien, and was pushed back into the centre of the arena, and then back onto the flame pit, and the closed pit. The Alien separated in order to activate the pit, but was slammed into the wall by Shredder. This afforded The Alien the chance to use its wedge to push Shredder into an empty CPZ, trapping it using its own self-righting mechanism, but Shunt axed The Alien instead. The Alien escaped, and Shunt then buried its axe through Shredder, pushing it into the wall.

"Cleaves straight into the innards of Shredder! Now what damage will that cause to the 750w drive of Shredder?"
— Jonathan Pearce
Shredder vs Alien

Shredder holds The Alien over a steam vent

Alien meets Shunt + Shred

Shredder takes the lead while Shunt axes The Alien

Despite sustaining damage, Shredder did not give up, and chased The Alien onto the floor flipper, later pinning it over the steam vent which caused Shredder earlier damage. Shredder started to gain points in aggression and control, following the slowly moving The Alien around the arena and pushing it back into Shunt for an axe blow. While trying to hold The Alien in the CPZ, Shredder was also dented by Shunt, but The Alien could only narrowly escape the CPZ as it was attacked again by Shunt and slammed by Shredder just before 'cease' was called.

"No, it's not the most destructive, but this is a different side to Robot Wars. The tenacity, the competitiveness, the durability of well manufactured machines."
— Jonathan Pearce

After an extremely close battle, Shredder was declared the winner, to the disagreement of The Alien's team and some boos from the audience.

Craig Charles: "What do you think the Judges based that decision on?"
Carl Asplin: "I haven't got a clue! There's bits of their robot out there, there, there's none of our robot off there. We had them in the corner a few times as well, we pushed them in there. Mind you, they got us as well, but..."
Craig Charles: "I think your weapon didn't work for very long though, did it?"
Carl Asplin: "Theirs didn't work very long though, either! I think we broke theirs, and they broke ours at pretty much the same time."
Craig Charles: "You don't agree with the decision, then?"
Carl Asplin: "I don't. I think it was us."
— The Alien's team on the loss which surprised them

Winner: Shredder

FinalEdit

S3 (7) vs ShredderEdit

S3Shred

The robots clash

Shredder S3

Shredder is knocked out

The two robots started by coming together, before S3 threw Shredder part way across the arena. S3 attacked Shredder again, before the more typically-shaped machine shoved the seed into the arena wall. S3 came towards the side of Shredder and attacked it. The robots continued to clash in the centre of the arena and the spinning discs of Shredder became buckled as S3 attacked it time after time. One of the attacks threw Shredder over, and it finally stopped, as its bent weapon held its wheels off the arena floor. Refbot counted out Shredder, and S3 activated the pit.
"A count of deliverance, a count of mercy, a count of doom for the Shredder team."
— Jonathan Pearce as Refbot confirms Shredder's fate
After Shredder was counted out, a nudge from Sir Killalot brought Shredder back to life, however, Sir Killalot quickly picked up Shredder over the flame pit, carried it, and fell forwards with the weight of Shredder twice before nearly driving into the pit. With the house robots unable to dispose of a fully mobile Shredder, Shredder's team drove their own robot into the pit, to save the house roboteers the effort.
AlmostSirKPit

Sir Killalot almost drives into the pit

Shredderceiling

The bit of Shredder dangling on the ceiling.

Craig Charles: "There's a bit of your robot in the ceiling!"
Paul Hunt: "Yeah I know, it's cool isn't it, that!"
— Craig Charles after the fight to the Shredder team.


Heat Winner: S3

"When S3 fights, it always ensures, there's a right old mess, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off


TriviaEdit

Chromalot Bumps Shunt

Upon entering the arena, Sir Chromalot bumps into Shunt

  • This heat continued the tradition of Sir Chromalot being defeated in the 2nd round of Heat D to the Heat winner.
  • Two of the three newcomers would reach their Heat Final in the New Blood Championship and lose to the champion and runner-up of said tournament.
  • The first battle was the only battle with more than two participants where each successfully self-righted at least once.

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