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.
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 melee's we've had in Robot Wars The Sixth Wars so far, it is brilliant!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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.
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 attacked Armadrillo, it stopped moving and Sir Killalot came after it. Shredder activated the pit and came back into the melee involving S3 and Armadrillo. Shredder hit S3 into the arena wall, and part of the wall came off.
"It is so powerful, it is destroying our arena!"
— Jonathan Pearce on S3
Mr. Psycho came over and hit Roobarb with his hammer. S3 and Shredder clashed several more times, and Roobarb were counted out. Mr. Psycho then attacked S3 several times, eventually grabing it. Meanwhile, Armadrillo had appeared to have stopped in the middle of the arena, and Refbot began to count it out. When Refbot reached 4 however, Armadrillo started moving again, but slower than before. Cease was called and the judges put Armadrillo out, so Shredder and S3 went through.
"Armadrillo prove that you can't get any points for playing dead in Robot Wars!"
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
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.
The Alien began by hitting Shredder, then pushing it around the arena. The two robots ran around the arena, occasionally colliding. After escaping Shunt's CPZ, The Alien attempted to flip Shredder with its srimech, but couldn't so resumed shoving it around the arena. The Alien activated the pit and Shunt attacked Shredder.
"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
The two clashed some more, and continued to shove each other around the arena. Eventually cease was called and the judges went for Shredder.
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.
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!"