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Team Panda was a team of roboteers that entered six series of Robot Wars, but only qualified for three. They also entered the antweight championships in both series of Robot Wars Extreme.

The TeamEdit

The team captain was Pete Collier, the only member present in all the robots appearances. Originally, Chris Loader was the second member of the team, but during the construction of More Panda Monium, he and his partner moved, meaning he could no longer help the team directly.

"Chris and Linda have moved away and although we did get to spend a few hours on MPM together, I've mostly be trying to get things finished solo. It has been hard work - it's difficult to start to make decisions alone when you've got used to thinking as a team. Chris has been supporting me by mail and phone."
— Robot Wars 101, 1999 diary[1]

Steve Bracewell joined the team in 2001, having been a workmate of Pete's before being persuaded to join the team.[2]

"Steve Bracewell made the mistake of answering an email asking for help building a robot. Since then his life has consisted almost entirely of lifting his Pants on and off the table in Pete's garage. His philosophy on engineering is, if it can't be done with a large hammer, its not worth doing"
— Steve Bracewell profile on the Robot Wars 101 website[3]

Cathy Drinkwater also joined the team at the same time as Steve Bracewell, but she did not appear on the show.

Team Pants

Team Panda in series 2

They entered Panda Monium in Series 2, and built a sequel robot named More Panda Monium for Series 3, but the robot was badly damaged after it was dropped in the pits, it was beyond immediate repair and failed to qualify. Team Panda also tried to enter Series 4 with a new robot called Big Pants, but they failed. They also tried to enter More Panda Monium again for Series 4, but More Panda Monium also failed to qualify.

The team returned in Extreme Series 1 with an antweight robot called Pants, which was also entered in Extreme Series 2. In Series 6, the team entered Hot Pants, also known as "Big Pants" to the team as it was merely Big Pants updated. Their final robot that entered Robot Wars was named Thunderpants, which qualified for the main competition, but couldn't get past the entry gate due to a broken drivetrain, so it was red-carded and didn't fight.

Despite entering all but the first series of UK Robot Wars, none of their robots ever had much success in the Robot Wars Arena, with Pants being the only one to win an actual battle.

In addition to Pants, the team built two other antweights; Cannon Fodder and Squashy.

HotPantsteam

The team in Series 6

In the Sixth Wars, the team wore afro wigs and sunglasses with colourful shirts to go with the small disco ball on their robot Hot Pants. In Series 7, they wore Superhero outfits and colourful external underpants, but this was not shown on the television show, as their interview was cut and they were not seen in the control pods.

The team was also known as Robot Wars 101, which is also the name of the team's website.

RobotsEdit

  • Panda Monium (Series 2)
  • More Panda Monium (Series 3, failed to qualify)
  • Big Pants (Series 4-5, failed to qualify)
  • Pants (Extreme 1)
  • Hot Pants (Series 6)
  • Pants (Extreme 2)
  • Thunderpants (Series 7)
  • Pants (Before Retiring)
  • Pants armed with a scoop
  • The original Cannon Fodder
  • Cannon Fodder
  • Squashy
  • Pants and another ant at AWS 30
Name Weight Class Series
Panda Monium Heavyweight Series 2
Pants Antweight Extreme 1-2
Hot Pants Heavyweight Series 6
Thunderpants Heavyweight Series 7

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 5

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Team Panda Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Arena Semi-Final with Panda Monium
The Third Wars Failed to qualify with More Panda Monium
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify with Big Pants
Failed to qualify with More Panda Monium
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify with Big Pants
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 1 with Hot Pants
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1 with Thunderpants
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Pants
Series 2 Entered with Pants

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. [3]

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