- "This emperor, Tiberius, plans to rule!"
- — Jonathan Pearce in Series 5
Tiberius was the name given to three competitor robots which competed from Series 4 through to Series 7 of Robot Wars and the second series of Robot Wars Extreme. It was originally armed with a vertical crushing spike, which was later replaced with a more conventional crushing claw. Tiberius never progressed beyond the heats in the main series, reaching one Heat Final in Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars, but won the University Challenge in Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2.
Versions of TiberiusEdit
- "This looks pretty special to me, for a first attempt."
- — Julia Reed
The original Tiberius was a basic two wheeled box-wedge shaped robot with a large steel spike powered by a car jack delivering 1.5 tons of pressure, which could pierce through stainless steel. The machine could pull a Volkswagen Estate with the handbrake on. This version had a welded steel chassis, gears from a motorbike, and travelled at 8 mph. The armour was polypropylene, lexan, nylon and steel. Like TX-108, this version had a crusher which was pulled down instead of pushed down.
In Series 5, the team entered Tiberius 2, which had a more conventional crusher, pushed by a hydraulic ram, and the team captain cited inspiration from Razer. It was more powerful than its inspiration, powered by a 6 ton hydraulic ram.
- "It's got a 6 ton hydraulic ram, which has only 1.5 leverage against it, so technically four at the tip, 4 tons, but our entire chassis will collapse before that ... we've reinforced it since we last broke it, probably about 3 tons"
- — Sam Smith explains the power of the crusher
This machine was armoured in steel, polycarbonate, polypropelene and titanium, and the robot was powered by two 750 watt motors. A frame could be attached to the crusher on the rear of the robot to act as a srimech. The robot's name was styled as T2 on the crusher, with no relation to the Series 3 competitor.
The team entered Series 6 and 7, as well as Extreme 2, with Tiberius 3, stylised as Tiberius III, which retained the crushing weapon of its predecessor, now operating at 5 tonnes, producing 3 tonnes at the tip. A new self-righting mechanism was added in Extreme 2, which was revised again in Series 7 This also had improved systems for higher manoeuvrability and faster operations.
- "Fairly fast, highly manoeuvrable with the powerful hydraulic crushing weapon as we've seen, good control, low ground clearance, tough armour, which is rare for a crusher, but is slow self-righting."
- — Jonathan Pearce describes Tiberius 3 in Extreme 2
In Series 7, the electronics and hydraulics were improved, the pressure now being 2000 psi. The back end was improved with titanium and polycarbonate. It was well controlled, had a low ground clearance and was well armoured, but was fairly slow at 10 mph, did not have much traction and more importantly was slow to self-right. After being built over the time period of one year, Tiberius 3 was the most successful version of the robot, reaching the Heat Final of Series 7 and winning the University Challenge special in Extreme Series 2.
The team captain was Sam Smith, who was the only team member present throughout all the team's appearances. In Series 4, he was joined by Simon and John Coulthard. Sam Smith and Simon Coulthard were both students at Portslade Community College, and John Coulthard was a teacher there and Simon's father.
The Coulthards only appeared in Series 4, and for Series 5 and 6, the team consisted of Sam Smith and his father Stuart.
For Extreme 2, Craig Lawson joined the team, and in Series 7, Stuart Smith was not present, replaced by Craig's twin brother Carl Lawson.
- "This emperor of bots has a steel armour piercing weapon powered by a car jack, welded steel chassis armoured with polypropelene. The gears come from a motorbike, and Tiberius is ready to rule!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Tiberius in its first appearance
Tiberius started by driving at Evil Weevil 2, getting under it with the wedge as Evil Weevil 2 drove forward, but Evil Weevil 2 drove straight off the wedge. Tiberius drove past the front of Mousetrap, which fired the trap but missed. As Mousetrap tried to retract the weapon, Tiberius got under Mousetrap's front, before turning away, allowing Mousetrap to fall off the wedge. Tiberius drove into Evil Weevil 2, which tried to get its forks under it, but Tiberius drove away up the arena. Evil Weevil 2 followed it, and as Tiberius turned to face Evil Weevil 2, it drove onto its opponents forks. Evil Weevil 2 pushed Tiberius towards the CPZ, and Mousetrap came in, getting under Evil Weevil 2 and firing the trap. However, the trap appeared to get stuck after this. Evil Weevil 2 sat motionless as Tiberius drove around Mousetrap, eventually getting at the side of Mousetrap and plunging its piercer into its top armour.
- "This is Tiberius, in underneath Mousetrap. Mousetrap, with a ground clearance of 20mm, in danger. There's the pick axe of Tiberius, pinning Mousetrap down."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Evil Weevil 2 was still not moving, so Dead Metal and Shunt closed in. Refbot came in to separate Mousetrap and Tiberius, but Mousetrap became caught on Refbot's front wedge, before Refbot managed to shake him off. The House Robots carried out their punishment on Evil Weevil 2, while Tiberius pinned Mousetrap in the CPZ. Evil Weevil 2 was declared immobilised, and was tossed by the floor flipper, leaving Mousetrap and Tiberius to go through.
- "This is going to be easy pickings for you lot really, isn't it? ... You're going to make small fry of Little Fly!"
- — Julia Reed to the Tiberius team before their battle against Little Fly
In the second round against fellow newcomer Little Fly, Tiberius started by charging straight at Little Fly, getting under it as it tried to turn away and pushing it down the arena. Little Fly turned around, and Tiberius backed off for another charge, but Little Fly dodged as Tiberius charged. Little Fly managed to land a blow with the spinning blade on the side of Tiberius, but caused no damage. Tiberius drove around Little Fly, trying to get under it whilst avoiding the blade. Tiberius eventually got its wedge under the front of Little Fly and pushed it back a bit, but Little Fly turned off the wedge. After a couple of attempts to get at the right angle to push, Tiberius got under Little Fly again and pushed it into the arena wall by the CPZ where Sergeant Bash was. Little Fly tried to reverse away, but Tiberius blocked its path, and pushed it into Sergeant Bash, who torched Little Fly but caused no visible damage. Sergeant Bash grabbed Little Fly with his pincers, but let go and Little Fly reversed away.
- "Tiberius very confident at the moment, you might say their attitude is "a little fly"!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tiberius followed it to the centre of the arena, and tried to get under it again, eventually doing so and pushing Little Fly down the arena towards Sergeant Bash. Tiberius let Little Fly go, and the two robots pushed against each other. Tiberius got under Little Fly again and pushed it across the arena, slamming it into the arena wall. However, it got stuck there after this, and Refbot freed Little Fly. It became apparent that Tiberius had lost drive to one side. Upon its immobilisation, Tiberius was promptly axed by Shunt and lifted up by Sir Killalot who put it on the edge of the pit. Shunt and Matilda then ended the team's Series 4 campaign when they nudged it in.
- "Well, Tiberius will rule no longer!"
- — Craig Charles
In the post-battle interview, the team admitted that as well as losing drive on one side early in the battle, the control for the spike weapon broke early on as well.
In Round 1 of Series 5, Tiberius 2 was drawn against newcomers Monad. Both robots charged at each other, but due to its high ground clearance, Monad rode up the side of Tiberius. Tiberius pushed Monad back, and Monad turned itself off Tiberius. Tiberius drove close to Sergeant Bash's CPZ, and Monad charged at it and pushed it in. Tiberius quickly drove out, pushing Monad back. Monad reversed and turned away from its opponent, but Tiberius was close behind it and grabbed it with the crusher, easily crushing through the top armour, which had come loose.
- "Look at that, cleaving away, Tiberius has got inside, and at the moment is well on top. I wonder what damage it's causing in there, to the electronics of Monad."
- — Jonathan Pearce
As Tiberius 2 crushed into Tiberius and pushed it around, the pincers starting hanging loose on the front. Tiberius pushed Monad over a flame jet and slammed it into the arena wall, before letting it go. Monad drove away, and as Tiberius chased after it, it drove into the arena wall itself, getting stuck by an angle grinder. Monad pushed into it, and Tiberius started moving freely, chasing after Monad. Monad drove down the arena, trying to open the pit, but drove into the wall by the pit release. Tiberius was in close pursuit and tried to get it under the crusher, but Monad kept escaping. As Tiberius drove away for another charge, Monad opened the pit. Tiberius tried to get under Monad as its opponent, but Monad was too quick and kept dodging the crusher. However, Monad suddenly ground to a halt. Tiberius crushed into the top of Monad, pushed it to the pit and dropped it in.
- "Tiberius, came, saw, and conquered."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tiberius 2 then fought former champions and number 6 seeds Panic Attack in the second round. For this battle, an extra frame was added to the back.
- "...Panic Attack, very good drivers, and that's the thing, we've got to try and get underneath the back, there's no way at the side, we can't do the front because they've got their flipping arm, lifting arm, so we've got to get them at the back and get a pinch."
- — Stuart Smith before the battle.
Panic Attack got straight under Tiberius and lifted it up with the forks. As Panic Attack pushed Tiberius back, it fell off the forks. Tiberius reversed for another attack, and tried to get under the front, but Panic Attack's forks stopped it from getting in a position to crush the top. However, Tiberius was still able to push Panic Attack back, as its forks were caught between the crusher, and Tiberius crushed into the gap at the front of Panic Attack where its forks were. Panic Attack started to push back, but Tiberius turned Panic Attack into the arena wall, pinning it against an angle grinder.
- "Lost in the heat of Series 4, and they are here, back and improved. Goodness me, how they've improved!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Tiberius
As Tiberius pushed Panic Attack, its crusher slipped from the forks, and Panic Attack attempted to push past Tiberius. Tiberius drove into the wall to block Panic Attack, then turned around and tried to attack Panic Attack's side. Panic Attack's skirts prevented it getting underneath, and Panic Attack escaped. Tiberius followed it, pushing against its side, and tried to get under Panic Attack, but could not get under the sides, or the front, and Panic Attack moved away before it could get around the back. Tiberius drove around Panic Attack, trying to get in a good position to get under Panic Attack, and drove at the front. However, this allowed Panic Attack to get under it with the forks and push it back onto the flame pit, lifting it up as it did so. Panic Attack held Tiberius over the flames before pulling it away, then pushing it into the wall in the CPZ. Tiberius was attacked by Shunt and Dead Metal, with Shunt axing it and lifting it with the scoop.
- "Little bit a lack of experience maybe?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tiberius is put on the backfoot and near the House Robots
Tiberius tried to get away, but the axe was caught on the crusher, preventing its escape. Panic Attack briefly lifted Shunt, but this did not help Tiberius escape. Shunt eventually released its axe, but Panic Attack got straight under Tiberius and lifted it up.
- "...but Tiberius 2 is now fighting for survival, after starting this battle so well."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Panic Attack pulled Tiberius 2 back, then pushed it, eventually driving into the pit release button. With the pit open, Panic Attack steered Tiberius into the pit, almost toppling in itself.
- "He is such a brilliant driver, all credit."
- — Sam Smith on Kim Davies after the battle
Tiberius 3 had been drawn against Supernova, Short Circuit and Spawn Again, which was seeded 10th. Knowing the power of Supernova's flywheel, Tiberius was equipped with thick, white plastic casing around its sides, offering an extra layer of protection.
- "...12 months of work and it could all go in the first round. No wonder they're wincing"
- — Philippa Forrester talking about Tiberius 3's Series 6 draw
Tiberius opened the battle by getting off quickly and attacking Supernova, which retaliated with its spinning disc. Tiberius managed to pierce the Sri Lankan machine, holding it in the CPZ at the mercy of Sergeant Bash and Sir Killalot, and a small clash with the latter resulted in a buckled crushing jaw on Tiberius. Tiberius tried to grip into Supernova, but it escaped. Meanwhile Short Circuit had been decimated by Supernova's flywheel. Tiberius fled from the dangerous Supernova, but Supernova was faster, and struck the rear of Tiberius, sending it spiralling away, knocking out its safety link in the process, thus immobilising Tiberius. Spawn Again then flipped Tiberius over, overturning itself in the process, and Tiberius was counted out.
Short Circuit was pitted and Tiberius was flipped by the floor flipper and pitted by Sir Killalot. It was only after the battle that it was revealed Tiberius had lost its safety link, strangely leaving Tiberius in better working condition than the qualifying Spawn Again. The team revealed that when it was flipped, the link fell out completely.
- "Don't go in after him Killalot, that's not in the script!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Killalot almost followed Tiberius into the pit.
- "Very Razer-esque, they must be game and sporty too if they're from Loughborough!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tiberius enters the arena
Tiberius 3 singularly participated in the University Challenge tournament, representing Loughborough University, and faced Infinity and Fluffy in the first round. At the start, Infinity charged straight at it, bouncing off the wedge. Tiberius reversed into Fluffy, its heavily armoured back protecting it from the spinning axe. It then turned around, got under Fluffy, pushed it into Infinity, and brought the crusher down. However, the crusher was in the wrong position, and failed to grab Fluffy, so Fluffy escaped. Infinity pushed against Tiberius, but Tiberius pushed it backwards, before Infinity reversed away. Tiberius pursued Fluffy, eventually catching up with it, getting under it and crushing into it. Infinity rammed into its side, but Tiberius kept hold of Fluffy. Whilst Infinity was pushing Tiberius, Growler pushed Infinity, causing all the competitors to be pushed forwards, with Fluffy being pushed into an angle grinder. Still holding Fluffy, Tiberius reversed against Infinity, before holding Fluffy over the flame pit. As Tiberius lifted the crusher, Fluffy was still stuck on the end. Refbot reversed into the two, but they were still stuck together. Tiberius tried lowering and raising the crusher, but Fluffy was still stuck. Refbot and Infinity both tried ramming into Fluffy to try and free it from Tiberius' crusher, to no avail.
- "Tiberius 3 locked horns with Fluffy early on, and simply refused to let go, like a dog with a bone."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Growler opened the pit, and all three competitors were by the edge of the pit, with Infinity having one wheel stuck in the pit. Tiberius continued raising and lowering the crusher to try and drop Fluffy in the pit, but it was still stuck. Refbot gave Tiberius a push from behind, causing it to fall forwards in the pit with Fluffy, but because Fluffy went into the pit first, and had been immobilised by the claw of Tiberius, the machine from Loughborough went through along with Infinity.
In Round 2, Tiberius 3 met C.V..
- "...it's the same power as Series 6, so there's a fair old tonnage on it, and we've also upgraded our tip, we've got a hardened steel tip on there now, which has been ground nicely and that'll improve penetration for sure."
- — Sam Smith on the crusher
Tiberius drove at C.V., dodging an axe blow as it closed in, and pushed the Open University machine up the arena, trying to get the front wedge under C.V., but couldn't get under its low ground clearance.
- "The Refbot's light goes green for go, Tiberius 3, a push to and fro!"
- — Jonathan Pearce's poetry
Tiberius backed off for another charge, but still could not get under C.V., whist C.V. continued swinging the axe, but its blows either missed or bounced off. Tiberius turned away and drove around for another attack, pushing C.V. up the arena. Still unable to get under its opponent, Tiberius turned away, then reversed into C.V., which fired the axe, but the axe failed to penetrate, before missing another blow. Tiberius pushed against the front of C.V., and started to get underneath, but C.V. fell off as Tiberius turned, and C.V. landed an axe blow on Tiberius' top, which punctured it this time. This allowed Tiberius to push it back, and Tiberius closed the crusher on C.V.'s top, but because the wedge was not under C.V., Tiberius was lifted up as well. C.V. swung the axe back, and Tiberius pushed C.V. down the arena. C.V reversed into the pit release button, and Tiberius pinned it against the button, which allowed Tiberius to get the wedge under C.V. and crush, grabbing it by the wheels, pulling it back, before turning it to the pit and pushing it in.
- "They've got great team sports, but they've also got great really good mech engine department, so we're glad to be representing them."
- — Sam Smith on Loughborough University after the battle
In the Final, Tiberius 3 fought Infinity again.
- "I think their weakness is probably in the wheels, or if we can grab between the wheels and the bodywork, they'll probably break."
- — Sam Smith admits his tactic to Phillipa Forrester
Tiberius 3 started the battle by pushing Infinity towards Sergeant Bash, but Infinity escaped. Tiberius then grabbed Infinity with the crusher, but failed to puncture the armour.
- "It hasn't got great pressure, the beak"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Infinity responded by shoving Tiberius down the arena and into the angle grinder. Tiberius let go, and Infinity reversed away, but Tiberius chased after it and soon got under it again and tried to grab Infinity with its claw, but the faster Infinity span away. Tiberius tried to get under Infinity, but Infinity kept turning away, so Tiberius coud not use the crusher. Tiberius pushed Infinity into the wall, but as it turned to try and get under Infinity, Infinity got off the wedge. Tiberius pushed Infinty up the arena, and as it did so, got Infinity up on the wedge and lowered the crusher.
- "That's good driving by Sam Smith, in pursuit of Infinity"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tiberius still could not puncture the top of Infinity, so Tiberius pushed it into an angle grinder. Tiberius tried to turn Infinity onto the flame pit, but this allowed Infinity to escape. Infinity's pincers were now closed together. Tiberius tried to get under Infinity again, but Infinity drove at the side of Tiberius. Tiberius drove up the arena, and Infinity followed, and Tiberius turned around and pushed Infinity onto the flame pit. This did not appear to damage Infinity, which charged at Tiberius, but Tiberius grabbed it with the crusher, getting the crusher in the gap between the wheel and the body.
Tiberius reversed, separating the two, and Infinity tried pushing at the sides of Tiberius, but failed to move its opponent. Tibierius got Infinity on the wedge and pushed it into the arena wall. Tiberius closed the crusher on Infinity, but Infinity pushed back. Tiberius drove up the arena to avoid Sergeant Bash, and the two competitors clashed in the centre of the arena. Tiberius pushed Infinity into a CPZ at the top of the arena. Shunt charged in and hit Infinity with its axe, but failed to puncture. Tiberius closed the crusher, and pushed Infinity down the arena, being axed by Shunt as it did so.
- "This is a very tense and tight affair for the honour of brainiest boffins of Robot Wars!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
- "The judges have made their decision. Style, control, damage, aggression. On aggression, they've gone for you [Tiberius]. On style, they've gone for you. They've just gone for you! The winners are Tiberius!"
- — Craig Charles announces the winner
- Jayne Middlemiss: "So it makes it faster, harder, stronger?"
- Sam Smith: "Yep!"
- — Pre-battle interview, having discussed the improvements to Tiberius
Tiberius 3 fought in Heat A, where it was drawn against Shell Shock, M2 and Vader. It started by driving at Shell Shock, but turned away as Shell Shock drove into M2 and Vader. It slowly moved in, trying to get its claw in a position to crush, but struggled due to Shell Shock's shape, and Shell Shock moved away, trying to avoid Vader. Tiberius then drove at Vader, but Vader attacked Shell Shock, keeping its distance from Tiberius, so Tiberius backed away. Shell Shock also moved near the wall where Tiberius was, but Tiberius instead went for Vader, driving at its side, but M2 flipped Vader before Tiberius could crush, so Tiberius backed away.
- "This already an intriguing Robot Wars tactical battle between flippers and spinners and crushing beaks."
- — Jonathan Pearce
After Shell Shock was flipped onto its side by M2, Tiberius pushed it a little, then pushed Vader, which had broken down, pushed Shell Shock a little more, before driving away as M2 flipped Shell Shock to the fence and out of the arena, before flipping Vader over the fence as well. Tiberius was through along with M2.
Tiberius 3 had qualified for the second round, where it fought Roobarb.
- "We looked at it, and it sees that there's nothing really anywhere that we won't go through if we get a nip on, so it's just a question of finding somewhere to sort of nip them before they can flip us, really!"
- — Sam Smith on Roobarb
Roobarb immediately tried to flip Tiberius 3, which had made the mistake of exposing its side to Roobarb, but Tiberius turned before Roobarb could flip, so Roobarb missed its flip. Tiberius tried to get Roobarb in the crusher, but Roobarb escaped a couple of times, before Tiberius got a hold of the top of Roobarb, and easily crushed through it. Tiberius then lifted Roobarb up with the crusher.
- "Roobarb, at the moment, being hoisted, and I don't think he'll be dumping Roobarb into a bowl of custard. It'll be down into the pit of doom and gloom or out of the arena any moment now."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tiberius 3 hoists Roobarb
Tiberius lifted Roobarb up and down, and turned around, but the two seemed to be stuck together. Refbot nudged the two, then Sir Killalot pushed into Roobarb's front, which allowed Tiberius to drop it after lowering its crusher. However, Roobarb failed to move away, and Tiberius pushed it down the arena to beside the pit. Tiberius let go of Roobarb, and it became fully clear that Roobarb was immobile. Tiberius opened the pit, before reversing Roobarb into the pit.
- "Tiberius 3, turns Roobarb into custard!"
- — Craig Charles after the battle
In the Heat Final, it fought M2 again, having not actually attacked it in the first round.
- "...it's quite a manoeuvrable robot, very fast, we have to see how it goes."
- — Craig Lawson on M2
It pierced M2's armour, carrying M2 towards the pit. However, M2 was putting up a struggle and Tiberius 3 was unable to direct it towards the pit. Instead, both robots ended up in the CPZ and were attacked by Growler, who tried to pull M2 away but Tiberius 3 was still hanging onto its opponent.
- "And Tiberius 3 has got to grips with M2! Oh, look at that! It's almost as if it's melting it away. That is vicious!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Tiberius 3's first bite
After sustaining ramming attacks from Growler, M2 was able to escape the claw of Tiberius 3 and quickly drove away from the CPZ.
- "Well, has this heat final turned on that, I wonder?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as M2 escapes from Tiberius 3's clutches
Tiberius 3 tried to chase after its opponent, but M2 turned and flipped Tiberius 3 over. M2 then threw Tiberius 3 against the arena wall and tried to flip it out of the arena, but only succeeded in flipping it back onto its wheels. However, M2 quickly flipped Tiberius 3 back over and then threw it into the pit of oblivion. This eliminated Tiberius 3 from the wars.
- "And they're out, Tiberius 3! What an amazing heat final! They were absolutely in control, but from masterful control to mayhem, and defeat by M2."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tiberius 3 is pitted
|TIBERIUS - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat K, Eliminator||vs. Evil Weevil 2 (12), Mousetrap||Qualified|
|Heat K, Semi-Final||vs. Little Fly||Lost|
|TIBERIUS 2 - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat J, Eliminator||vs. Monad||Won|
|Heat J, Semi-Final||vs. Panic Attack (6)||Lost|
|TIBERIUS 3 - RESULTS|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat H, Round 1||vs. Short Circuit, Spawn Again (10), Supernova||Eliminated|
|Extreme Series 2|
|Round 1||vs. Infinity, Fluffy||Qualified|
|Round 2||vs. C.V.||Won|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat A, Round 1||vs. M2, Shell Shock, Vader||Qualified|
|Heat A, Round 2||vs. Roobarb||Won|
|Heat A, Final||vs. M2||Lost|
- Wins: 7
- Losses: 4
|Main Series||Tiberius Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Sixth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat Final|
|Series 8||Entered with Carbide|
|Series 9||Entered with Carbide|
|Series 10||Entered with Carbide|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||University Challenge Champion|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
While Robot Wars was off-air, Tiberius was rebuilt with a larger claw and renamed Tiberius 4, though it was mostly only known as Tiberius. It fought in many tournaments throughout the country since Robot Wars' end, achieving great success, being the most feared crusher on the circuit. At the 2006 UK Championships, Tiberius defeated Steel Sandwich, and pitted Tough as Nails, but eventually lost the battle when Tough as Nails escaped the pit and put Tiberius in the same position.
The robot, now in its sixth incarnation, was bought by Ed Hoppitt of Team Storm in January 2013, who said that Tiberius will still be worked on to fight competitively, although the team's main focus would still be Storm 2.
In April 2016, Team Storm unveiled a heavily-upgraded version of Tiberius, now named Photon Storm, as their BattleBots 2016 entry. Photon Storm has a new "feathery" appearance, giving it a bird motif, and received a number of improvements - including a more powerful self-righting mechanism, 10mm Armox armour plating, a stronger crushing ram, and better batteries and motors - for the competition. It was entered by Ed Hoppitt, along with Andrew Marchant and Alan Young. Photon Storm lost its first battle against Brazilian robot Minotaur despite starting the battle strongly. Meanwhile for the same competition, Tiberius team captain Sam Smith formed Team Carbide with Dave Moulds and various other team members and fought with Cobalt.
In October 2016, Photon Storm fought at a Robots Live! event in Stevenage. It firstly competed in the FRA UK Heavyweight Championship, reaching the second round before losing to Dystopia and Nuts after getting flipped out of the arena by the former. Photon Storm later fought in a few whiteboard battles, competing against Behemoth, Apollo, Bigger Brother and Nuts at various points.
Meanwhile, Sam Smith fights in the live circuit with NST, a featherweight equipped with a large bar spinner, which won the Featherweight UK Championships in 2012 and the Featherweight UK Championship 2015 Annihilator. For more information on Sam Smith's excursions outside of Robot Wars, see Team Carbide.
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
Tiberius 4 made its only appearance at the Robot Wars live events when it competed in the Robot Wars World Championships 2015, allowing Team Storm an opportunity to defend their world title. It did well in the heats of the competition surviving the end of its first battle against Thor, Iron-Awe 5 & Tanto and came second on the judges decision. This allowed Tiberius to qualify to the second round of the competition where it fought Gravity and Kan-Opener. Kan-Opener broke down within the first few seconds, leaving Tiberius to fight Gravity alone. However, despite managing to pierce Gravity's tyre at one point and surviving until the end, the judges' decision went against it, putting it in the Play-offs. Here it was immobilised immediately by Eruption, which flipped it against the arena wall where it was left immobile for 30 seconds. Despite being immobile, Tiberius eventually decided the outcome of the battle after it was freed from the wall, by pushing Eruption into the pit, before it too was pushed into the pit by Tough as Nails, leaving the latter as the winner of the battle.
- During testing, the original Tiberius crashed into Stuart Smith's garage door.
- "We didn't expect it to very powerful, and it just broke through some bottom panels."
- — Sam Smith
- Other than Razer, Tiberius is the only vertical crusher robot to reach a Heat Final.
- All of Tiberius' losses saw it pitted.
- In Series 5, Stuart McDonald introduced the robot as "Tiberus 2", rather than Tiberius 2.
- Tiberius is mentioned on the new Robot Wars website, on Carbide's Series 8 page. However, it is misspelt as "Tiberious". This spelling error also appears in the Series 5 results section in Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide.
- Tiberius is the only robot (or team) to fight both Evil Weevil and Panic Attack.
- ↑ Robot Wars: The Official Robot Guide
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu8eqEjWEqc
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f6YVzPh-eA