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The University Challenge was a competition in Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2 which featured six robots, each representing a university or college from which each team came. The episode was originally shown on BBC Choice on January 30, 2003, but the series was dropped by the BBC before it could be shown on BBC Two. It was repeated on Dave on 8th January 2011.


Competing RobotsEdit

Behemothside
Behemoth
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.64 x 1.02 x 0.66m
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Pneumatic flipper & axe
Strengths Weapons, armour, speed
Weaknesses Kane!
From: University of Hertfordshire
Team Members: Anthony Pritchard, Kane Aston & Michael Pritchard
CV
C.V.
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.26 x 1.10 x 0.81m
Power 2 x 150W electric motors
Weapons Axe, flipper or spike
Strengths Interchangeable weaponry
Weaknesses Low speed
From: Open University
Team Members: John Barker, David Lott & Andrew Conway
FluffyEX2
Fluffy
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.30 x 0.20 x 0.70m
Power 750W motors
Weapons 20kg spinner
Strengths Powerful weapon & fast
Weaknesses Unreliable response
From: University College, London
Team Members: Peter Holroyd, Peter Johnson & Richard Johnson
Infernal contraption
Infernal Contraption
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.35 x 0.68 x 0.83m
Power 3 x 24V motors
Weapons Spinning drum
Strengths Reversible weapon
Weaknesses Radio reception
From: Imperial College, London
Team Members: Jonathan Pillai, Gary Ewer & Ray Thompson
Infinity Extreme
Infinity
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.29 x 1.35 x 1.04m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Claws & spikes
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Exposed wheels
From: University of Wales
Team Members: Carl Bater, David Sandford & Ed Butcher
Tiberius 3
Tiberius 3
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.64 x 1.12m x 0.94m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Hydraulic crusher
Strengths Extremely powerful weapon
Weaknesses Slow self-righting
From: Loughborough University
Team Members: Sam Smith, Stuart Smith & Craig Lawson

Round 1Edit

Infernal Contraption vs Behemoth vs C.V.Edit

Infernal Contraption vs Behemoth

Behemoth pressures Infernal Contraption

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Behemoth flips C.V.

Infernal Contraption vs CV vs Behemoth

C.V.'s axe digs into Behemoth

Behemoth, the favourite for this battle due to its experience and the confidence from its team, began the fight by attacking Infernal Contraption, but failed to flip it, turning instead on C.V., turning it over with one lift of the bucket, before righting it again. Behemoth then pushed C.V. into the CPZ where C.V. tried to attack Behemoth with its axe, and Sir Killalot came in, but was too slow to stop both robots escaping. After this, Behemoth suddenly ground to a halt. Infernal Contraption attacked Behemoth with its disc, and C.V. attacked with its axe, although C.V. itself was damaged and had limited manoeuvrability.

"The battery has come out is the excuse from the Behemoth team! That is bitterly disappointing for them!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Infernal Contraption vs CV

Infernal Contraption attacks C.V.

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Behemoth is grilled

Sir Killalot then came in and picked Behemoth up using his lance, parading it around the arena before putting it down again. Whilst Infernal Contraption attacked the sluggish C.V., throwing it into the air, Behemoth was put onto the floor flipper and thrown over. Sir Killalot picked it up once more and grilled it on the flame pit. Much to everyone's surprise, Behemoth was out.

"Behemoth were doing so well, but they've gone and blown it again! C.V. and Infernal Contraption, through to the next round!"
Craig Charles

Team Make Robotics revealed to Philippa Forrester in the pits that the true cause of Behemoth's defeat was a faulty wire in its safety link. Forrester drew reference to the team's comfidence prior to the match beginning.

Qualified: C.V. & Infernal Contraption

Tiberius 3 vs Fluffy vs InfinityEdit

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Tiberius punctures Fluffy

Fluffy, unseen to most, spun up its weapon before activate was sounded. When the battle did get underway, Tiberius attacked Infinity, before reversing into the blade of Fluffy, but this did not damage Tiberius greatly. Tiberius then tried to attack Fluffy with its jaw, but it only scraped off the side. Tiberius spun into Infinity, knocking off a panel of some description, but it did not seem important, as Infinity was not noticeably affected by it. Meanwhile, Fluffy was once again attacked by Tiberius, but this team Tiberius managed to puncture Fluffy, whilst Tiberius rammed the pair. Tiberius dragged Fluffy towards the flame pit.

"Tiberius 3 locked horns with Fluffy early on, and simply refused to let go like a dog with a bone."
— Jonathan Pearce
Tiberius III vs Fluffy

Tiberius hoists Fluffy into the air

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The three robots edge closer to the pit

Tiberius vs Infinity vs Fluffy

Fluffy and Tiberius are pitted

Tiberius then lifted Fluffy into the air on its beak, however Tiberius had held Fluffy longer than the rules permitted, so the House Robots tried to free the two, but failed to do so. Growler hit the pit release, and Tiberius edged Fluffy towards the pit, and Infinity inadvertently edged a wheel over the pit, stranding it. Sir Killalot nudged Infinity, but miraculously it managed to stay out. Growler shoved Tiberius from behind which knocked Fluffy into the pit, although Tiberius followed it. Fluffy was eliminated, and arguably the two favourites for the title had fallen in the first round.

Qualified: Infinity & Tiberius 3

Round 2Edit

Infernal Contraption vs InfinityEdit

Infinity vs Infernal Contraption

Infinity traps Infernal Contraption in the CPZ

Infernal Contraption vs Infinity

Infernal Contraption buckles the claws of Infinity

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A damaged Infinity persists

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Sir Killalot threatens to put Infinity out of the arena

The first semi-final began with both robots dodging one another, and taking a long time to finally collide. When they did, Infinity rammed Infernal Contraption against the side wall, which buckled its pincers. Infinity then pushed Infernal Contraption into Sergeant Bash, and then continued pushing Infernal Contraption all over the arena, although Infinity did not get everything its own way, a disc blow from Infernal Contraption further buckled the pincers weapon. Infinity then shoved Infernal Contraption into the side wall, but were picked up by Killalot, and almost dumped out of the arena. Sir Killalot let Infinity go, but soon picked it up again, before once more releasing it. More pushing and dodging ensued, as the disc of Infernal Contraption ground to a halt. Infernal Contraption was the boxed into the CPZ by Sir Killalot, and struggled to escape,

"Wake up! Get out of bed! I know you probably haven't too often in your student lives, but I'm telling you to do it now!"
— Jonathan Pearce

After this, Infernal Contraption was pushed up against the arena side wall, and Infinity shoved it around, but time had expired. A very close match was sent to the Judges, but they edged in favour of Infinity.

Craig Charles: "How do you think the Judges split you up then?"
Jonathan Pillai: "I think they had a dartboard with Infinity there, Infernal Contraption there!"
— The teams agree on a close decision

Winner: Infinity

C.V. vs Tiberius 3Edit

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C.V.'s axe breaks through Tiberius

Tiberius III vs CV

Tiberius 3 crushes C.V.

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C.V. is levered towards the pit

"The Refbot's light goes green for go, Tiberius 3, a push to and fro!"
— Jonathan Pearce's poetry

Tiberius 3 started the battle by attempting to crush C.V., but failed to apply pressure. C.V. was being edged back, but fired its axe repeatedly, and managed to strike through a gap in Tiberius' armour, hooking it. Tiberius escaped and crushed C.V., failing to pierce the armour, but applying significant pressure. C.V. continued to fire its axe, but Tiberius 3 backed it into the pit release button, and attempted to crush a wheel. Tiberius 3 then manoeuvred C.V. into position and pushed it into the pit. With this, Tiberius qualified for the final.

"C.V. destined to the pit of oblivion! Tiberius, they go marching on!"
— Craig Charles

Winner: Tiberius 3

FinalEdit

Infinity vs Tiberius 3Edit

Tiberius III vs Infinity

Infinity shoves Tiberius 3 back

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The jaw of Tiberius closes on Infinity

Infinity began this battle still bearing the damaged pincers from its previous battle. The fight started with Tiberius pushing Infinity into Sergeant Bash, but Infinity escaped. Tiberius then tried to puncture Infinity's shell, but failed to. Infinity responded by shoving Tiberius into the angle grinder. Tiberius again tried to grab Infinity with its claw, but the faster Infinity spun away. Tiberius eventually caught Infinity in the CPZ, and rammed it into the Arena wall, but failed to capitalize again. After spinning away, Tiberius caught Infinity again, this time puncturing the exposed wheels.

"This is a very tense and tight affair for the honour of brainiest boffins of Robot Wars"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tiberius attempts to puncture the wheel of Infinity

When Infinity escaped, it pushed from the sides of Tiberius, but was caught and pinned by the jaw again. Tiberius then shoved Infinity into the CPZ, and Shunt came across and axed the top of Infinity, and then the rear of Tiberius. Meanwhile, one of the house robots, presumably Sergeant Bash, pressed the pit release, but this didn't matter as time ran out soon afterwards. The judges ruled in favour of Tiberius 3.

"On aggression, they've gone for you [Tiberius]. On style, they've gone for you. They've just gone for you!"
— Craig Charles announces the winner

University Challenge Champion: Tiberius 3

"The exams have been graded, we've tied up the scores an this lot can graduate, from Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off


Trivia Edit

  • This was the first of three episodes shown on BBC Choice that were never shown on BBC Two.
  • The two favourites for the competition, Behemoth and Fluffy, were eliminated in the first round, leaving a second round line up that consisted of three robots that fell in the first round of Series 6, and one that didn't qualify.
  • Two of the universities represented during this competition have employed Robot Wars judges outside of Robot Wars; the University of Wales employed Myra Wilson, and the Open University employed Martin Smith.

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