Team Dantomkia was a team that entered Series 6 and 7 of Robot Wars, as well as Extreme 2.
The team was captained by Michael Lambert, who was joined by his son Daniel and friend Steven Gadsby.
- "It was after watching the Second Wars ... My son Thomas came up to me and said, "Dad, can we enter that?" I thought about it and decided it would be great to give it a go. I knew I could do better than the robots that I saw. So that was it, no turning back! ... I had no idea of the rules and regulations. I knew how to make things and I'm a fairly competent radio control enthusiast. My profession is electronic and computers, while my skill training is engineering. That's a very good combination for this project."
- — Mike Lambert, interviewed in Robot Wars Magazine
They entered with two robots; Dantomkia, which failed to qualify for Series 4 before reaching the Semi-Finals in Series 6 and 7; and DTK, a featherweight version of Dantomkia which won the Series 7 Featherweight Championship. Some of the team's most notable moments include flipping Chaos 2 out of the arena, setting the shortest battle record of eight seconds against IG-88, and having that record broken when flipped out of the arena by Gravity in six seconds. The team also won the Most Promising Newcomer Award in Series 6.
After his success on BattleBots with Spitfire, originally constructed as Dantomkia 2.0, Mike Lambert was contacted by Robot Wars and was asked to attempt to qualify again, which Mike initially refused, but changed his mind after he was assured it was qualifiers, not auditions. Mike then built Dantomkia 3.0's shell in ten days, with its insides taken from Spitfire and put into Dantomkia. Dantomkia 3.0 and 4.0 were identical internally, but had different chassis. In Series 6, Dantomkia 3.0's chassis was made of Ti and Polycarb, covering the rear and upper panels. In Series 7, Dantomkia 4.0's chassis was armoured in HARDOX, one of the first robots to use the nowadays common armour.
Although Dantomkia returned to Robot Wars for its eighth series, it was not under ownership of the original Team Dantomkia, rather with Team S.Tek. Likewise, Dantomkia applied for Series 9 under ownership of Team Slam, but it was not selected to compete.
|Dantomkia||Heavyweight||Series 6-7, Extreme 2|
NOTE: Dantomkia's participation in Series 8 was under Team S.Tek, not Team Dantomkia
- Wins: 14
- Losses: 6
|Main Series||Team Dantomkia Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Failed to qualify with Dantomkia|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Semi-Final, Round 2 with Dantomkia|
|The Seventh Wars|| Semi-Final, Round 1 with Dantomkia|
Featherweight Champion with DTK
|Series 8||Did not enter, Dantomkia entered by Team S.Tek|
|Series 9||Did not enter; Dantomkia was not selected with Team Slam|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||Entered with Dantomkia|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
After building Dantomkia 1.0, Mike Lambert built a robot named Bad Attitude. Bad Attitude only attended one event, and due to the robot's unresponsiveness, Mike then stripped it down and cut it up. He then built a third robot, Dantomkia 2.0, which later became Spitfire.
Prior to Dantomkia's appearances on Robot Wars, the team collaborated with the Lancaster Bombers to enter Spitfire into BattleBots. Spitfire was a spiritual predecessor to Dantomkia - the same basic design but with a smaller gas tank and a faster spin speed. It was also only 80 kg, 20 kg under the Battlebots heavyweight weight limit. Spitfire beat the legendary Vlad The Impaler 2 in a televised match of the American competition. Post-Robot Wars, the team sold Dantomkia to Team Batter (captained by Scorpion team member John Bell) and it is still in competition today. Notably during the 2006 UK Championships it won the Annihilator competition. Very recently, it was sold on again to Team Hydra. Dantomkia 3.0 is still used as a display shell. Spitfire is still in the possession of Gareth Dean.
Mike Lambert (along with Simon and Gary Smith of the Grim Reaper team) also competed in two different series of Scrapheap Challenge. They entered Series 10 as the Cyborgs where they were eventually disqualified. They then entered Series 11 as the Scrappy Whacky Doodaas in the first Chariot Jousting challenge of the series, which they won.
- In all of Team Dantomkia's appearances, Dantomkia's weakness was listed as "nervous driver", referencing Mike Lambert's stagefright. In contrast, Philippa Forrester would often remark how confident Lambert was in the pits.