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The Gap was Team Run Amok's second entry into Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, which competed in the second season under their sister team, Team Creative Steel. It reached the second round of its heat, before losing to Propeller-Head after driving itself into the pit.

The robot's name was inspired by the "mind the gap" signs and announcements on the London Underground, with its logo also designed to resemble the London Underground logo.

Team Run Amok's Season 1 entry Run Away was also entered into Extreme Warriors: Season 2, also reached the second round. The two robots were due to compete alongside each other in the Nickelodeon Robot Wars US vs UK Tag Team Terror competition, but The Gap had to be replaced by the loanerbot Zanzara after suffering gearbox damage which could not be repaired in time.

DesignEdit

"When we built our lifterbot for the next Robot Wars, it had a 'gap' between the raised lifter platform and the lower frame that could trap other 'bots. We thought it was only fair to point out that our opponents should mind The Gap."
— Aaron Joerger[1]
The Gap Pits

The Gap in the pits

The Gap

The Gap with its lifter fully extended

The Gap was a tall box-shaped robot with two outside wheels and a large pneumatic lifter which was supported by an exposed metal frame. The lifter could also double as a clamping mechanism, which when combined with a triangular-shaped metal frame at the base could trap other robots and lock them in place while The Gap pushed them around the arena. However, while The Gap's weapon was fairly effective, the robot was untested in combat, which was telling in its defeat to Propeller-Head.

Robot HistoryEdit

Season 2Edit

Gapflipstrackzilla EW2

The Gap flips Trackzilla onto its side

The Revolutionist vs The Gap vs Trackzilla

The Gap is immobilized by The Revolutionist

In its first round battle, The Gap faced Trackzilla and Season 1 runners-up The Revolutionist. It immediately flipped Trackzilla over using its lifter, and along with Sergeant Bash tried to push it onto the Flame Pit. However, it became immobilized on one side after The Revolutionist slammed into it, the impact also disabling the latter's weapon. Even so, The Gap progressed to the second round along with The Revolutionist, as Trackzilla was counted out, attacked by Sergeant Bash and launched by the Floor Flipper.

"It was over a little quicker than we wanted it to be!"
— Max Chapin

In the second round, The Gap was drawn against Propeller-Head, with both teams stating a fear of each other.

"If there was one bot in this competition that could beat Propeller-Head, it would be this one!"
Mike Konshak on The Gap
Propeller-Head vs The Gap

The Gap traps Propeller-Head

The Gap pitted

The Gap drives into the pit

The Gap withstoof Propeller-Head's initial blows before attempting to lift it, but missing. After a few more blows from Propeller-Head, The Gap appeared to lose speed and mobility, but took advantage of Propeller-Head powering down its spinning weapon by attempting to lift it again, then trapping it by descending its lifter as Propeller-Head backed from the Floor Spinner activation button. However, Propeller-Head escaped using its spinning blade, and pressed the pit release button, with The Gap driving straight into the pit as it descended. This eliminated The Gap from the US Championship.

"As I spun around to go back into battle, the pit had only opened four or five inches, I hadn't even realised it had dropped!"
— Max Chapin on the open pit

ResultsEdit

THE GAP - RESULTS
Season 2
US Championship
Heats, Round 2
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Trackzilla, The Revolutionist Qualified
Heat D, Round 2 vs. Propeller-Head Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Main Series The Gap Record
Season 1 Entered with Run Away
Season 2 Heat, Round 2
Entered with Run Away

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ask Aaron website

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