Technophobic was a competitor in Series 2-3 of Robot Wars. It was a large silver shell robot built over 4 working weeks with a 9" disc, and was repainted fluorescent yellow for Series 3, with the disc being replaced with a hydraulic lifter. The original machine cost £1,000 using various workshop materials and was driven by two motors off a lawnmower engine, with petrol driving the disc as well. The second machine was faster, rebuilt over more than six months with a resin bonded glass fibre shell, a more powerful petrol driven motor and, as well as the lifting arm, spring-loaded spikes with steel-piercing tips. Technophobic was defeated in the Heat Final of Series 2 by Killertron, and the second round in Series 3 by Pitbull.
Oddly, when introduced in Series 3, it was said to have been eliminated in Round 1, despite reaching its heat final. Also it was said to have appeared in the second heat of the Second Wars, despite it having appeared in the fifth.
- "Technophobic, I hope it's not claustrophobic, or arachnophobic, there are spiders down there! It's dark, it's gloomy...and you're going down!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Technophobic stood on the verge of defeat against Killertron
In the Gauntlet, Technophobic started by going down the centre route, and over the ramp, before Dead Metal attacked it. Shunt then axed Technophobic, preventing it from completing the course, but it went 11.3m, making it the second highest score in the challenge. Technophobic then participated in the King of the Castle trial, where it lasted 35.95 seconds before being pushed off the ring by Shunt and Matilda. In The Arena stage, it faced Spin Doctor, and tried wedging underneath its opponent, who hit it with its spinning attack. Technophobic then reversed over the flames, and caught fire, but Spin Doctor also stopped, and Technophobic won on points. This meant it met 4th seeds Killertron in the Heat Final, but its run ended here, as it was pushed onto the edge of the pit, before being pitted.
At the start of the battle Abaddon was picked up by Technophobic, but Technophobic could not flip it. Abaddon used its Rotavator blades to rip off some of Technophobic's armour. Technophobic responded by ripping off Abaddon's castor and pushed the robot onto the flame pit. Abaddon was stuck on the grille of the flame pit because its tail was trapped in the mesh. Shunt attacked Technophobic, and then lifted Abaddon out of the flame pit. Technophobic then pushed it into Sir Killalot. The match went to a judges' decision, which was given to Technophobic.
In the second round, Pitbull started better and pushed Technophobic into the edge of the arena. Both robots moved around each other before Technophobic lifted Pitbull up. It was unsuccessful in its attempts to flip the dog-themed robot, though. Pitbull came charging back and drove at the edge of the arena, where its jaws got clamped to the railway sleeper at the side. Pitbull pushed Technophobic onto the flame pit. The flames reached the petrol engine and Technophobic caught fire, breaking down.
- "Oh, and the petrol engine's gone! It's like some enormous yellow bun that's been left in the oven too long"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Technophobic catches fire
|TECHNOPHOBIC - RESULTS|
|The Second Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat E, Gauntlet||11.3m (2nd)||Qualified|
|Heat E, Trial (King of the Castle)||35.95 Seconds (3rd)||Qualified|
|Heat E, Semi-Final||vs. Spin Doctor||Won|
|Heat E, Final||vs. Killertron (4)||Lost|
|The Third Wars - UK Championship|
Heats, Round 2
|Heat B, Round 1||vs. Abaddon||Won|
|Heat B, Round 2||vs. Pitbull||Lost|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 2
- Series 1: Did not enter
- Series 2: Heat Final
- Series 3: Heat, Round 2
- Series 4-7: Did not enter
- Technophobic has the dubious honour of being the first robot ever defeated in a battle by pitting, in its heat final bout against Killertron.