Sting was a heavyweight robot which was entered in Series 2 and Series 3 of Robot Wars. It failed to qualify out of the trial in Series 2, and lost to Diotoir in Series 3.

Versions of StingEdit


Sting s2 official image

The original Sting

Sting was a curved wedge-shape robot, powered by a two-wheel drive. The robot was made of steel and aluminum, with ramming spikes on the side and front of the robot and a unique whipping tail weapon. The weapon was modeled after Matthew Barker's kink-tailed cat Chloe. The robot was built around a steel ladder chassis, and was armoured in 7-millimetre thick mild steel armour, double-skinned in several places. Jonathan Pearce described the robot as "a stepladder on wheels".

Sting 2Edit

The robot was rebuilt over three months and renamed Sting 2 for the third series. It had a bigger shell, a new body design, more powerful motors and stronger weapons including carbide spikes. This version of Sting narrowly weighed over the then Heavyweight Limit.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit


Sting receives damage from Dead Metal

Sting took the Sentinel route in the Gauntlet. It managed to get past the Sentinel, but was then caught in Dead Metal's pincers. Sting was then cut into by Dead Metal and was then pitted. The team would later claim this to be the most heart-stopping moment in the entire series. However, they had made more than enough progress to go through to the next round.

In the Trial, which was Robotic Soccer, Sting drove into an arena wall and broke down. It, Wizard and Groundhog all failed to score, but as Sting had been immobile for longer than the rest it was eliminated.

Series 3Edit

Diotoir vs Sting

Sting is pushed by Diotoir

Diotoir pits sting

Diotoir takes the sting out of Sting 2's tail

At the start of the match the two robots drove at each other and Diotoir tried to flip Sting 2 with its lifting arm. However, its attack missed and Sting 2 began to attack Diotoir with its tail, before driving away towards Sergeant Bash's CPZ. Diotoir pursued and got underneath Sting 2, but failed to flip it over. Diotoir pushed Sting against the Arena Wall, attacking it with its Arm like a spear. Diotoir retreated but then attacked Sting 2 again, this time pushing the robot back towards Sergeant Bash. Diotoir then got behind Sting 2 once again and pushed it across the Arena and into the pit.

"Down goes the scorpion! That's a very popular victory in the arena!"
— Jonathan Pearce


Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Trial
Heat H, Gauntlet 10.5 m (3rd) Qualified
Heat H, Trial (Football) Immobile (5th) Eliminated
Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat O, Round 1 vs. Diotoir Lost
  • The rear of the Series 2 Sting, showing the whipping tail
  • The insides of Sting
  • Sting 2 in 2016


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

NOTE: Sting's Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Sting Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Trial
The Third Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Entered with S3
The Sixth Wars Entered with S3
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with S3

Outside Robot Wars Edit

  • Sting 2 in 2017
  • Sting 2 on display at Enginuity, along with S3 (bottom-right)

Sting 2 is currently on display, along with S3, at Enginuity, the National Design and Technology Education Centre which is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.


  • On an agenda distributed to The Steering Committee, Sting was listed as a provisional seed for Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars. However, Sting ultimately did not compete in the series, nor is it known to have attempted qualification. Sting's lack of a combat win suggests that this listing may have been an error, particularly as Stinger went on to be the 30th seed in Series 4, and Stinger was not listed as a provisional seed on the agenda.
  • Both of Sting's appearances were in the same Heat as both of Graham Bone and Alex Mordue's machines Groundhog and Firestorm, the latter of whom the team would later fight twice with S3.
  • Robot Wars: Technical Manual said the following about the sourcing of a new drive gear for Sting in Series 2:
"David Barker of the Sting team remembered that he had booked a holiday in Wales, during which the team were struggling to replace the robot's sheared drive gear. At one point, David found himself talking on a mobile phone to team-mate Ian Pritchard about getting hold of a replacement gear for their robot... from the top of Mount Snowdon!"
— Robot Wars: Technical Manual