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Not to be confused with the similarly named US Series robot Texas Tornado.

"It's like the Mike Tyson of the Robot Wars world!"
Craig Charles on Tornado in Heat F of the Fourth Wars

Tornado was a robot that competed in the British television game show Robot Wars. Debuting in The Fourth Wars, it reached the semi-finals and won the inaugural Most Promising Newcomer Award. Tornado would go on to win The Sixth Wars and place third in The Seventh Wars. With 32 combat victories in the UK, Tornado is one of the most successful robots in the show's history, winning a number of side events including the US War of Independence and the European Championship.

Tornado was built by Andrew Marchant, Bryan Moss and David Gamble, all engineers from Huntingdon, the latter of which designed the same speed controllers for Storm 2.

DesignEdit

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Tornado, as it appeared in Series 4

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The insides of Tornado during Series 4

Tornado was a basic box-shaped robot with four-wheel drive, a durable red welded-steel frame and clear polycarbonate armour with fixed spikes at the front and back. Tornado mainly relied on its speed and strength to push competitors into the pit or slam them into the arena walls. It featured 24V motors being run at 36V - the first robot to use that voltage. The motors were geared very low to give it high pushing power of 7BHP - its top speed was only 10 mph, but it had very good acceleration and manoeuvrability over short distances and was capable of pulling a Land Rover. Tornado was also invertible, allowing it to continue running even when flipped but had a 2 cm ground clearance.

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Official image of Tornado for Series 5

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Tornado's Extreme 1 and Series 5 appearance.

For Series 5 and Extreme 1, Tornado's chassis was rebuilt with modified front, centre and rear sections, in order to make space for its drum weapon, allow more space for the team to work on the robot, and to help prevent its rear wheels from being lifted off the ground as easily.[1] It also received two castors on the front top above the drum, new logo stickers along its sides and upgraded armour, including rear titanium plates to protect its vital components.

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Tornado as it appeared in Extreme 2

For Series 6, Tornado's top castors were removed to make way for the interchangeable weapons mount, and was made lighter to accommodate the interchangeable weapons.

ArmamentEdit

Tornado made its robot combat début equipped with static ramming spikes, and a small retractable spear from a loudspeaker production line. This simple yet effective weapon system saw it all the way through to the top 8 before its lack of potent weapons caused it to be easily defeated by Chaos 2.

"We knew once we built it that the pneumatic spike was poor - pneumatic toothpick was more apt! Plus a mistake in the high pressure side reduced the number of shots we had available..."
— Team Tornado website on their pneumatic spike[2]
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Tornado with its spinning drum

In Extreme 1, Tornado returned with a powerful vertical spinning drum weapon, running off a 3.5HP motor. This gave it great success as it reached the semi-finals of the World Championship, the grand final of the All-Stars and gave it complete victory over several adversaries to win two Challenge Belts. It defeated Chaos 2 twice during Extreme with this new weaponry, getting its vengeance two-fold. However, despite slamming Gravedigger, Tornado was felled early in Series 5, as the fur of Diotoir caught in the drum, causing it to catch. Tornado was helpless and it fell into the pit.

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Tornado's scoop in the Second World Championship

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The frame Tornado used to keep Razer at bay with the spinning disc used in Extreme Warriors

During the Second World Championship, Tornado used both its drum and a static scoop which it used in its battle against Razer. Although the wedge was ineffective against Razer, it would later become Tornado's default weapon choice, helping it win against many wedge, spinner and flipper-wielding robots in later series.

It was after Series 5 that Team Tornado first built their horizontal spinning disc, unofficially known as the Anti-Crusher frame, which debuted in the second season of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors.

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Tornado equipped with the static spike

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The anti-crusher frame equipped with the spinning bar used in Series 6 and Extreme 2

In Series 6, Tornado made more of a habit of changing its weaponry between matches. This was allowed by Robot Wars rules, as long as Tornado remained within the weight limit. The cradle at the front of the machine where the drum was typically installed gave way to many other weapons across the two series with bolts to hold them in. In their Heat Final, the static spike was used, and in the Grand Final, Tornado used its adapted Anti-Crusher frame, which had changed from a horizontal spinning disc into a spinning bar.

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Tornado with its lifting scoop equipped

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Tornado with all its Series 7 weapons

In Series 7, the Tornado team had to redesign or remove some of their weapons due to some new rules for that year, including one that stated all robots had to have an active weapon. Tornado used its scoop lifter in its Heat Final, and used the chain flail in other matches such as Tornado's battle with Gravity.

Tornado's arsenal of weapons included:

  • Spinning drum - Tornado's main weapon, weighing 7 kg (also quoted at 15kg) and spinning at 2500RPM (also quoted at 2000RPM). From Series 6, the drum was modified to become part of a removable cradle.
  • Spiked Scoop - a simple low wedge-shaped static scoop with a pair of spikes, nicknamed "The Charity Scoop" as it was used in live events. It was first used during the Second World Championship, and became more regularly used from Series 6 onwards.
  • Static spear - This spike was only used once in its Series 6 Heat Final against Anarchy, with the intention of piercing the plastic armour protecting Anarchy's legs. It has been scrapped.
  • Horizontal spinner - a large horizontal spinning weapon, consisting of a spinning bar supported by a huge metal frame surrounding the robot. It was originally a large horizontal spinning disc when the weapon appeared in Extreme Warriors, but for Series 6 and Extreme 2, the weapon was changed to a bar weapon. However, this weapon is more commonly known for its defensive properties, as the size of the frame made crushers incapable of reaching Tornado's main body, and also made the robot's dimensions larger than the pit. These defensive attributes lead to the weapon being unofficially known as the "anti-crusher frame" and an "anti-pit device". The frame was outlawed by the new set of rules for Series 7, and was converted into a vertical bar spinner.
"Many people could not believe what we had built, and even Craig and Philippa came into the pits specially to see the weapon..."
— Tornado website[3]
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Tornado with its scoop

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Tornado's lifting scoop (left) and charity scoop (right) in the pits.

  • Anti-spinner weapon - This weapon was never seen, as the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint when they learned that Tornado had it. According to information from Team Tornado's build diaries, this was essentially a series of kart tyres with titanium plating attached to Tornado's chassis and was planned to also feature a lifter.[4] It has since been scrapped.
"...we fitted our Anti Spinner Weapon - but the Hypno boys raised an official objection, and we were prevented from using it, as it was viewed according to the rules as a defensive addition rather than an offensive weapon..."
— Team Tornado[5]
  • Anti-axe weapon - Whilst never seen or mentioned on TV, Tornado had an Anti Axe Weapon. It is unknown what it looked like as it has been scrapped, although Team Tornado's build diaries suggest that it partially comprised of kart tyres and a top frame attached to the robot.[6]
  • Scoop lifter - Similar in design to the Spiked Scoop, except it had a lifting mechanism installed. It was only used in the Heat Final of Series 7 and broke after Tetanus Booster hit it while it was open. It has been scrapped.
  • Chain flail - Another weapon similar to the Spiked Scoop, this time with a simple chain flail. It effectively replaced the scoop for Series 7 in order for Tornado to comply with the active weapons rule.
  • Vertical bar spinner - This weapon was converted from the horizontal bar spinner, and was never used, so it is unknown how effective it was. The weapon was deemed unsuitable against all of Tornado's opponents in Series 7, as it removed Tornado's capacity to run inverted and potentially made it vulnerable to becoming immobilised by flippers. David Gamble believes that the only suitable battle for using the weapon was Tornado's first-round melee in Series 7. However, the bar spinner was not used, as Tornado was already low on battery power.

RivalryEdit

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Tornado's first loss to Razer.

Tornado had an infamous rivalry with Razer. The two robots first met in the All-Stars final in Extreme Series 1, in which Razer immediately grabbed hold of Tornado and tried to pierce the tyres of its opponent. Tornado briefly escaped but Razer grabbed hold once again, doing more damage and leaving it immobilised. This left Razer able to easily push Tornado into the pit. Their next encounter was in the semi-finals of The Second World Championship, which ended with a similar outcome. Once again, Razer quickly grabbed hold of Tornado and pierced through its armour. Razer then picked Tornado up and held it over the pit, eventually dropping it in.

Following these easy Razer victories, Tornado developed a special weapon for use in future battles between the two machines. It was a front-mounted spinning blade, supported by a large metal frame around the whole robot. The first time this weapon was used against Razer was in Extreme Warriors, in the semi-final of the International Championship. In this battle, Tornado was able to push Razer around easily, but when it pushed Razer into the CPZ, the House Robots attacked the cage when they weren't supposed to. Razer also ripped out Tornado's weapon motor in one of the attacks. The judges, however, gave the match to Tornado. Team Razer were so appalled, they confronted the judges directly. The judges had ignored the attacks on the cage by the House Robots, which they deemed should not have happened, but it became clear that they had accidentally mistaken Tornado's motor for Razer's wheel. The decision stood, but one of the judges later said it was one of the worst moments of his career.

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Razer is unable to pit Tornado in the Final of Series 6

The two robots met again in the Grand Final of Series 6 and Tornado used its anti-crusher device once more. In response to this weapon, the Razer team added an extended claw to the end of its beak, but all it could do was grab the frame of Tornado, and Tornado was able to push Razer around the arena and slam it into the arena walls. Eventually Razer was able to lift Tornado and carry it over to the pit, but Tornado's frame meant that it could not be dropped into the pit. Cease was called and after a very close judges' decision Tornado took Razer's crown of UK Champion.

Tornado used the spinning blade and framework again in the semi-final of the European Championship in Extreme Series 2, but Razer had developed a new add-on in the shape of an upward-facing hook, which would be used to grab hold of Tornado's frame. The hook worked well, and Razer was able to lift Tornado by the frame. Razer opened the pit and tried to carry Tornado towards it, but the motors burnt out and it was unable to finish Tornado off. The judges went for Razer, but the team later decided to give the victory to Tornado as they felt that they had been immobilised.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

"Now...what engine have you got in that? It's like a Ferrari!"
Craig Charles after Tornado's victory against Berserk 2

Tornado's first appearance on Robot Wars came in Heat F of the Fourth Wars, where it faced Kater Killer and the clusterbot Gemini.

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Tornado rams Kater Killer into Gemini

Tornado charged out of the starting gates and drove Kater Killer across the arena and into the side wall, next to Sir Killalot. Tornado then circled around in the centre of the arena and pushed Kater Killer back again, this time into one of the Gemini twins. Another shove back in towards the same part of Gemini saw Kater Killer thrown over by Gemini's flipping arm - where it was unable to self-right. Tornado bundled the overturned Kater Killer around the arena floor and eventually righted it in the process, although a follow up of the drive saw Tornado slam Kater Killer into Shunt, which left it immobilised after an attack from his axe.

"The boys from Huntingdon doing their stuff here."
— Jonathan Pearce as Tornado comes in with another assault on Kater Killer
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Tornado ends up in the Pit of Oblivion

Tornado was flipped by Gemini before driving it back towards the arena wall as the two duelled while Kater Killer was being dragged away by Sir Killalot. Tornado then turned its attention to Shunt, which had ventured out of the CPZ. Tornado drove the House Robot around the arena and then nearly down into the Pit, which was descending. This was followed up by another drive on the beaten Kater Killer, with the attack snapping off Kater Killer's furry tail. Suddenly, as Dead Metal edged Kater Killer towards the Pit of oblivion, Tornado shot across the arena and drove into the Pit. Cease was called straight afterwards, and although Tornado was the first robot in the Pit, Kater Killer was long immobilised, so Tornado progressed with Gemini.

Tornado's next battle was against the seeded Berserk 2, which made it to the second round with The Creature after the two edged past Inverterbrat in Round 1.

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Tornado rams Berserk 2

Tornado's first drive allowed it to drive Berserk 2 across the arena and into the side wall. Berserk 2 edged back towards the centre of the arena but missed with its attempted axe attacks. Tornado slammed into Berserk 2 once more, but Berserk 2 managed to prevent itself crashing into the arena wall again as it used its rear lifter. This did little to interrupt Tornado's rhythm though, and a rally of slams ended up with Berserk 2 in the grasp of Dead Metal, where it sustained damage. After Berserk 2 came loose from the House Robot, Tornado accelerated Berserk 2 into the far side arena wall.

"Look at this - great power on the drive."
— Jonathan Pearce as Tornado charges into Berserk 2 again
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Tornado slams Berserk 2 into submission

Tornado came in with subsequent rams as Berserk 2 sat motionless, before it decided to back away to allow the House Robots to close in. Sir Killalot proceeded to hang Berserk 2 over the flame pit before dropping it into the Pit, confirming Tornado's place in the Heat Final.

The Heat Final saw Tornado again lock horns with first round opponent and eight seeds Gemini, with Andrew Marchant confident but wary before the battle

"We should be able to push them around, because, of course, when they're separated, they weigh half of what we do, but we're still worried about that weapon. It's very powerful - it flipped us before, and it could flip us again."
— Andrew Marchant before the Heat Final
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Tornado rams Gemini into the spike

Tornado backed into space as the Gemini twins split, before driving at one of the pair. It tried to defend itself with a flip, but Tornado continued its attack and forced the twin into the arena wall. It tried to move away, but Tornado came in with multiple drives which resulted in the part of the clusterbot being left impaled on the arena wall spike.

"At the moment, Tornado is the heavyweight of this clash!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado is thrown over by one of the twins

Tornado then tussled with the other part of the robot but was inverted after a flip. The twin then tried to flip the other half of Gemini back into action, and although it was released from the arena wall, it still showed no signs of movement. With its partner immobile, the other half of Gemini left it alone and decided to attack Tornado in hopes of turning the battle. It successfully flipped Tornado over twice in a matter of seconds - with the second flip leaving Tornado motionless - but it was too late for Gemini to turn the battle, with cease called as half of Gemini was immobilised, and Tornado was through to the Semi-Finals as winner of Heat F.

Through to the Semi-Finals, Tornado's first opponent was the winner of Heat H, Wheely Big Cheese, with Team Tornado confident ahead of the battle.

"At the end of the heats, we had a little problem with our drive system, but it's all fixed now and we are ready to go!"
— Andrew Marchant before before the first Semi-Final battle
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Tornado lands after being flipped by Wheely Big Cheese.

Tornado harassed Wheely Big Cheese in the opening moments, but found itself in trouble as it rode up the front of Wheely Big Cheese, which very nearly threw it out of the arena with a flip. Tornado was flipped by Wheely Big Cheese once again shortly after, but it recovered strongly as it forced Wheely Big Cheese into the CPZ, where a follow up attack from Tornado popped loose part of the wheel and left Wheely Big Cheese hobbling.

"They've sustained damage in that CPZ - look at that! The wheel is buckled and bent, and now it's Tornado's turn to drive on! That is a decisive moment!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Tornado vs Wheely Big Cheese

Both machines limp as time runs out

Wheely Big Cheese moved out from the CPZ after being turned over by Matilda, but Tornado continued to give Wheely Big Cheese no room to breathe as it drove it across the arena floor. Tornado then drove itself over an arena flame jet and began to smoke soon after. With time running out, Tornado was left turning in circles, while Wheely Big Cheese continued to limp itself. Cease was called with both robots side by side, with the judges called upon to make a decision. They went in favour of Tornado, which moved through to Round 2 of the Semi-Finals as a result.

Tornado faced the reigning champions, Chaos 2 in the second round of the Semi-Finals, although assistance from other teams was needed for Tornado to be fighting fit for the battle.

Julia Reed: "Now, how's that motor working, because Steg 2 lent you one, didn't they?"
Andrew Marchant: "Well, we did get a motor from Steg 2, but we also got a motor from Mousetrap. We have got Mousetrap's motor in here now, but thank you to both teams - it's very much appreciated."
— Andrew Marchant expresses his gratitude to Team Steg and Team Mousetrap

The fight itself was fought three times due to multiple circumstances, with only the third battle shown on TV.

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Tornado and Chaos 2 lock horns

Tornado initially drifted around next to the flame pit as Chaos 2 hunted Tornado down. Tornado then drove into Chaos 2, where it narrowly evaded a flip from its opponent. After circling each other, Tornado drove up the front of Chaos 2, which inverted it with a flip.

"Tornado, not surprisingly, trying to stay out of trouble."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tornado attempted to fight back as it rammed Chaos 2 twice in quick succession, but a third drive saw Tornado ride up onto the flipper of Chaos 2 again. Tornado was rumbled over towards the arena wall with two consecutive flips. Chaos 2 then pinned Tornado against the arena wall to stop it moving away and then flipped it up to stack it vertically against the arena wall.

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Tornado's run in The Fourth Wars comes to an end.

"This is Chaos 2 trying to flip Tornado out of the arena - and succeeding! That's what he lives for, George Francis, and again he's pulled it off."
— Jonathan Pearce

With Tornado unable to move away, Chaos 2 lined up its position before flipping Tornado out of the arena. This eliminated Tornado from the tournament, with Chaos 2 moving on to the Grand Final.

Craig Charles: "Did you think he was going to do that - just blow you out of the arena like that?"
Bryan Moss: "I wasn't particularly surprised by it! At least it took someone like that to do it!"
— Bryan Moss reacts post battle
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Tornado's Fourth Wars run is rewarded with a trophy

Despite being eliminated, Tornado had enjoyed a promising run in its first debut tournament. This was recognised at the end of the series, as Tornado was nominated for the Best Newcomer award alongside Robochicken, Attila the Drum and Mousetrap, before eventually being confirmed as the winner of the award.

"The winner, mainly because of that victory over Gemini - Tornado!"
— Jonathan Pearce announces the winner of the Best Newcomer award

Extreme 1Edit

"We fought Stinger in a slightly fake Grudge match - at least Tornado performed better than our acting!"
— Team Tornado website[7]

Tornado competed in a wide range of events in Robot Wars Extreme Series 1. The first was a Vengeance battle against Stinger that was initially meant to be part of the All-Stars tournament, with the eventual 'reason' for this grudge match taking place being because the Stinger team claimed Tornado was a box on wheels.

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Tornado pushes Stinger

Tornado made its way over to Stinger and forced it backwards, but took three blows on top in the process. Stinger then spun on the spot and deflected Tornado aside, but Tornado quickly bundled Stinger over and forced it over the Flame Pit. Tornado continued to force Stinger on the back foot, with Tornado then catching the tip of Stinger's weapon with its spinning drum, which sent Stinger hurtling backwards with its weapon flailing.

"Tornado with the new cutting disc, and I think that cutting disc just flipped Stinger up in the air there! That was a good attack by Tornado."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado knocks Stinger backwards with its drum

Stinger responded by spinning around and connecting with two hits to the side of Tornado, but another strong Tornado drive pushed Stinger into the clutches of Dead Metal, with Stinger needing to hit the House Robot to move away. The battle then went through a period of Tornado pushing Stinger backwards, which consistently retaliated with slams on Tornado. After another drive on Stinger, Tornado then found itself under pressure from Dead Metal, which sliced into the rear of Tornado, while Stinger then found itself with its weapon stuck underneath Dead Metal. After Stinger released itself, Tornado edged it across the arena floor and into the opposite CPZ where Sir Killalot resided. With Stinger deep in the House Robot's zone, Sir Killalot turned and grabbed Stinger by its axle, which resulted in Sir Killalot holding Stinger over the arena side wall before reversing and dropping it back down onto the arena floor. With time running down, Tornado continued to nag away, and caused further dents and scratches to Stinger. Refbot's timer then counted up to ten and the battle was sent to a judges, who awarded the win to Tornado.

Tornado also competed in a Mayhem battle against The Steel Avenger and King B Powerworks, in order to gain entry into the Annihilator.

Tornado vs The Steel Avenger

Tornado pushes The Steel Avenger

Tornado immediately targeted The Steel Avenger, and quickly knocked it towards the Flame Pit as it looked to get at The Steel Avenger's sides. Tornado backed into space but was quickly met by a charge from The Steel Avenger, before Tornado got underneath The Steel Avenger again. Tornado then grinded away at the the front of The Steel Avenger with its spinning drum, before The Steel Avenger connected with a hit of its axe. Tornado and The Steel Avenger continued to duel with each other, with Tornado slamming The Steel Avenger into the arena wall while The Steel Avenger responded by attacking Tornado with its rear lifter. Finally, while The Steel Avenger drifted over the Flame Pit, King B Powerworks became involved in proceedings as Tornado drove at it side on. Tornado then lined up another drive on The Steel Avenger and sent a shard of armour flying away from its opponent, before King B Powerworks used its lifting spikes to punch into the side of Tornado and move it around.

"What's happened to Tornado? Tornado has stopped in the middle of the arena!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado is immobilised by King B Powerworks

Suddenly, Tornado stopped moving, and was left to Refbot to be counted out, before Shunt placed it onto the Floor Flipper where it was thrown. Matilda finally finished Tornado off by nudging it into the Pit, and Tornado's hopes of qualifying for the Annihilator had come to an end, with The Steel Avenger progressing via a Judges' decision.

After having reached the Series Semi-Finals of Series 4, Tornado also competed in the All-Stars tournament where it fought 3 Stegs to Heaven in Round 1.

Andrew Marchant: "You're going to hell!"
Bryan Moss: "The Steg's going to be extinct!"
David Gamble: "We're going to blow you away because there's a tornado coming!"
— Fighting talk from Team Tornado before their first All-Stars battle
Tornado vs 3 Stegs to Heaven

Tornado pushes 3 Stegs to Heaven around the arena

3 Stegs to Heaven struggled to get going in the opening seconds and found itself under immediate pressure from Tornado. 3 Stegs to Heaven attempted to retreat, but Tornado was hot in pursuit and connected with its spinning drum which sent 3 Stegs to Heaven towards the arena wall. Tornado then reversed into 3 Stegs to Heaven to move it around before readjusting and driving 3 Stegs to Heaven against an angle grinder, where it lost drive on its right-hand side. Tornado continued its pressure on 3 Stegs to Heaven by causing damage to its rear-end and forcing into the CPZ, where Sir Killalot grabbed hold of it. The House Robot then carried it towards the Flame Pit, where it also became evident that the drive chain on 3 Stegs to Heaven's right wheel had come loose.

"The crowd want the end of 3 Stegs to Heaven. It's been three tottering, teetering, stumbling steps to oblivion."
— Jonathan Pearce as Tornado dominates
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Tornado pushes 3 Stegs to Heaven onto the flame pit

After Sir Killalot dropped 3 Stegs to Heaven back onto the arena floor, Tornado came in again and pushed it back against the arena wall and into a CPZ. Dead Metal then came across and dragged 3 Stegs to Heaven towards the Floor Flipper. After 3 Stegs to Heaven was sent flying by the arena hazard, Sir Killalot came in and picked up 3 Stegs to Heaven again before spinning it around and throwing it aside. 3 Stegs to Heaven continued to trundle around on one wheel as time ticked down, and although Tornado continued to attack 3 Stegs to Heaven and forced it over the Flame Pit, it had to settle for a victory via a Judges' decision.

After successfully dismissing 3 Stegs to Heaven, Tornado faced Pussycat in the Quarter-Finals.

Julia Reed: "So, Tornado - 3,500 rpm on their blade, what have you got?"
Bryan Moss: "We've got 2,500, but ours is a lot heavier."
— Talk over the two robots' spinning weapons before battle
Tornado vs Pussycat

Tornado charges Pussycat

Pussycat's front wheelied up into the air straight away, which allowed Tornado to Pussycat back towards the arena wall and use its drum to cut into Pussycat's armour. Pussycat tried to bring its disc into play, but Tornado continued its strong start with a ram into the Angle Grinder, which ripped away one of Pussycat's tyres. Tornado then pushed Pussycat into an unoccupied CPZ and inverted it onto the side where Pussycat's tyre was missing so it was unable to gain sufficient traction. Shunt came in and dented Pussycat's shell, before Tornado took over the reins again and bundled Pussycat around. Finally, Pussycat was able to bump itself back onto the side where it had both tyres. This did little to help Pussycat get back into the battle though, as Tornado's consistently aggressive driving ended up with Pussycat in its handicapped position against another Angle Grinder.

"This is a relentless robot, Tornado. It doesn't know when to stop!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Tornado vs Pussycat 2

Tornado holds Pussycat against the arena wall

After landing back onto its wheels, Pussycat struggled to escape from the pressure of the House Robots, and this lead to the rubber coming loose on another of Pussycat's wheels. Tornado then knocked Pussycat onto a Flame Jet, and with it unable to gain traction, Pussycat was immobilised. Sir Killalot then managed to catch fire by moving Pussycat away from the Flame Jet, and with cease called after the House Robot had cooled off, Tornado's place in the All-Stars Semi-Finals was confirmed.

In the Semi-Finals, Tornado faced Chaos 2 in a rematch from Series 4, and Andrew Marchant was confident in avenging Tornado's defeat from last time around.

"I think we'll beat them. We've been practising, we're reliable, and let's face it, Chaos is a bit long in the tooth now - it's old, it's worn out."
— Andrew Marchant before Tornado's All-Stars Semi-Final battle
Tornado vs Chaos 2

Tornado slips under Chaos 2

Chaos 2 tried to flip Tornado in the opening seconds but only succeeded in throwing itself over, which allowed Tornado to drive the overturned robot across the arena and into the side wall. Chaos 2 eventually found its way back onto its wheels again, but was forced to withstand an axe blow from Shunt, as well as the fact that its flipper was not fully retracted. Tornado shunted Chaos 2 around, which used its flipper to try to defend itself but missed its target again.

"Tornado has his fan club. I must admit I've been a growing fan, here, on the evidence of what we've seen in Extreme so far."
— Jonathan Pearce praises Tornado as it makes another strong start to a battle
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Tornado pushes Chaos 2

Chaos 2 then drove at Tornado and clamped it in the space that the upright flipper had left, but once again Chaos 2 was forced to run away into space to attempt to let its flipper move back into its natural position. After being slammed into the arena wall by Tornado, Chaos 2 finally managed to use its weapon as it flipped Tornado over. Tornado responded quickly though and fed Chaos 2 into Dead Metal's grasp, with the House Robot's circular saw sending sparks flying by cutting into Chaos 2's armour.

"Tornado on the attack. They can sense victory here - they're after Chaos 2. Hunting, harrying, chasing."
— Jonathan Pearce
Chaos 2 vs Tornado

Tornado finds itself in trouble against the arena wall

After Chaos 2 moved away, Tornado forced it across the arena and into an unoccupied CPZ, where Chaos 2 suddenly juked away and flipped Tornado and an incoming Dead Metal up into the air, before Tornado fell against the arena wall. Chaos 2 attempted to throw Tornado out of the arena but missed with a flip, and was then attacked by Dead Metal. After an attack from Shunt, Refbot knocked Tornado down onto the arena floor much to the displeasure of the crowd, but Tornado quickly found itself in trouble again as Chaos 2 flipped it over. Tornado responded with a strong drive on Chaos 2 which temporarily knocked it onto its side and let Tornado carry Chaos 2 into the arena wall. With seconds remaining, Tornado came in with one last attack on Chaos 2's flipper. With both machines standing at the end, the battle went to the judges, who sent Tornado through to the All-Stars Final.

In the All-Stars Final Tornado faced off against Razer, which made its way past Gemini, Behemoth and Firestorm 3 to reach this stage.

Julia Reed: "Are we ready, Tornado?"
Andrew Marchant: "Yeah, we're ready to go, we're going to give it our all, but Razer's a pretty tough robot."
— Andrew Marchant before the All-Stars Final
Razer vs Tornado

Tornado is held by Razer

Razer drove at Tornado immediately and slid underneath its side, which allowed it to press its crushing arm down into one of Tornado's wheel wells. Tornado attempted to gain traction, but Razer continued to move its beak up and down while keeping its grip on Tornado, before repositioning and crumpling through Tornado's armour. After Razer used its purchase to lift Tornado up into the air, Tornado dropped down onto the arena floor and attempted to get back into the battle as it sent sparks flying off Razer. Razer quickly got back into its groove though, as Tornado beached itself on Razer's front wedge, which allowed Razer to target in and around Tornado's tyres again.

"Tornado all of a sudden is looking a tired out old thing, there, in the warzone, in the arena. It cannot get away from Razer."
— Jonathan Pearce
Razer vs Tornado All-Stars

Tornado has its tyre attacked by Razer

Tornado managed to back away soon after, but Razer didn't give Tornado any respite and grabbed hold of Tornado once more. Finally, after further Razer punishment, Tornado broke down. With its defeat confirmed, Tornado was dealt extra damage by Razer and Shunt, before being torched on the Flame Pit, thrown from the Floor Flipper and pushed down into the Pit of Oblivion by Razer.

Tornado's highlight of Robot Wars Extreme was participating in the Challenge Belt competition, where it first faced the holders, Behemoth.

"They're too big for their boots, but not too big for that belt. But only just. It would look much better on us."
— Andrew Marchant as Team Tornado state their intent to win the belt from Behemoth
Behemoth vs tornado

Tornado pushes underneath Behemoth

Tornado darted around Behemoth in the opening moments, and narrowly missed an axe attack from its opponent. Tornado then drove at the side of Behemoth and drove it into the arena wall. Behemoth managed to move away after another shunt from Tornado but struggled to assert itself as Tornado twice rammed into Behemoth's front scoop. Another Tornado attack pressed Behemoth up against Refbot before Tornado bundled it over and rammed it against the arena wall.

"And Behemoth, here - the Challenge Belt holders, are in real trouble!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Behemoth is propped up against the arena wall
Behemoth vs Tornado

Tornado is stacked against the arena wall

Only a helpful nudge from Refbot knocked the flailing Behemoth back onto its wheels, and it used its reprieve to turn Tornado over with its scoop. Tornado turned aggressor for a short period as it probed away at the sides of Behemoth, but two quick lifts from the Challenge Belt holder ended up with Tornado up against the arena wall inside a CPZ. With Tornado not completely balanced and threatening to fall back onto its wheels, Behemoth tried to readjust its position to put Tornado in further danger.

"What a great battle this is! One of the best we've seen in Extreme so far."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado seizes the Challenge Belt

However, its progress was interrupted by the incoming Matilda who struck Behemoth with her flywheel tail. This intervention made it so Tornado came back down onto the arena floor and allowed it to drive Behemoth across the arena and into the side wall. After both machines met head on with Tornado sending sparks from Behemoth's scoop, Behemoth reversed into the Pit release button. Another broadside drive from Tornado forced Behemoth into the arena wall again, with Behemoth then responding by pressing Tornado back itself in the dying seconds. The battle went to the judges, who awarded the victory to Tornado, and Behemoth was forced to hand the belt over.

Tornado first defence of the belt was against the experienced Comengetorix.

"Tornado, we're gonna get you!"
— Team Comengetorix before their challenge for the belt
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Tornado shoves Comengetorix

Tornado met Comengetorix head on instantly, which connected with its axe. Tornado then caught Comengetorix side on and drove it back in towards Shunt, which dented the front of Comengetorix with its own axe. After Comengetorix escaped from the House Robot, Tornado came in with two drives in quick succession and ripped away some of Comengetorix's armour with its spinning drum, before shunting it into an empty CPZ.

"Comengetorix can't really get going at the moment. I think that initial shove by Tornado really took the wind out of Comengetorix's sails."
— Jonathan Pearce
Tornado vs Comengetorix

Tornado rips into Comengetorix's skirt

Shunt came over to use its axe again and then held it over the Flame Pit as Tornado descended the Pit. Before Shunt retreated, he turned Comengetorix onto its back. Comengetorix self-righted, but failed to show initial signs of movement after doing so, and Tornado was able to press Comengetorix backwards again. Comengetorix was then fed to Sir Killalot, who moved Comengetorix across the arena and into the axe of Shunt. Shunt then pushed Comengetorix back into the centre of the arena, but once again Comengetorix showed little signs of movement. Tornado used this to its advantage and drove Comengetorix towards the Pit of Oblivion before nudging it down, and Tornado had successfully defended the belt, meaning that it only needed to win one more battle to win the belt outright.

Tornado's next defence was against two time Semi-Finalists, Wild Thing.

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Tornado slams Wild Thing into the side wall

Tornado managed to get to the side of Wild Thing immediately and churned up visible damage on the side of its wedge. Tornado followed this up with a strong slam into the arena wall, before both machines cancelled each other out for a spell with neither robot able to force the other backwards. Tornado eventually gained the advantage as it drove Wild Thing into the CPZ before pressing it up against Sir Killalot. Tornado then attacked the rear of Wild Thing and ripped away a red strip of armour, before pushing Wild Thing into Sir Killalot again. After Wild Thing retreated, Tornado continued its assault by knocking Wild Thing onto its back after a drive into the arena wall.

"Well the eyes at the moment, staring, but staring defeat in the face, Wild Thing."
— Jonathan Pearce
Tornado vs Wild Thing

Tornado pushes Wild Thing into Sir Killalot

Wild Thing righted itself using its lifting arm, while Tornado slammed the Pit release button, before Tornado nearly overshot into the Pit itself as it attempted to drive at Wild Thing. After Wild Thing found itself in Sir Killalot's clutches again, both machines took turns at trying to push each other around. In the remaining seconds it was Tornado's turn to be plucked by Sir Killalot, but its late fightback was not enough to sway a Judges' decision that went in Tornado's favour.

"We were starting to get a bit weaker towards the end, our batteries were starting to go!"
— Andrew Marchant

After winning three battles in succession, Tornado was awarded the belt outright, and was given a second belt to defend, with the first challenger being Chaos 2.

"This is a Grudge Match, this is a Challenge Belt challenge - all in one!"
— Jonathan Pearce refers to the two machines' previous encounters ahead of their Challenge Belt battle
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Tornado is flipped by Chaos 2

Tornado successfully attacked the side of Chaos 2 instantly and carried it towards Dead Metal's CPZ. Chaos 2 managed to get away unscathed, but was unable to manoeuvre itself into a position to attack Tornado, which flanked Chaos 2 again and drove it into Shunt. Chaos 2 flipped the House Robot to defend itself, and then made its first attacks of note on Tornado by throwing it over twice in a row. Tornado then slammed Chaos 2 into Dead Metal again, and Shunt joined in soon after as Chaos 2 tried to flip Dead Metal aside.

"Are we heading for another defeat here, for Chaos 2? Are we heading for a new chapter in the history Robot Wars - a new hierarchy to be created?"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado batters Chaos 2 a second time

Suddenly, it became evident that Chaos 2 had lost drive on its right-hand side, and it was only able to spin around in the CPZ. Chaos 2 managed to flip Shunt onto his side, but with it unable to show controlled movement, Dead Metal decided to grab hold of Chaos 2 and dragged it onto the Floor Flipper, where it was counted out by Refbot before being flipped by the arena hazard. This confirmed Tornado's victory and meant that it had got off to a successful start in the defence of the second belt.

Tornado's last Challenge Belt fight in the first series of Extreme was a rematch against Pussycat.

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Tornado shoves Pussycat into the angle grinder

Tornado forced Pussycat onto the back foot in the opening stages and rammed it against the side wall. Pussycat then brought its spinning blade into play and chipped away at Tornado, but Tornado used its pushing power once again to force Pussycat into Matilda's CPZ - where the connection of her flywheel caused the rubber from one of Pussycat's tyres to come loose. After this, Pussycat could only spin around on the spot and was unable to move on its right-hand side.

"At this moment, it's a cat with nine lives, and it's eaten up just about eight of them I would say!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Pussycat limps around
Tornado vs Pussycat CB

Pussycat topples into the Pit of Oblivion

Tornado depressed the Pit, and after a period of Pussycat evasion and resistance, Tornado pushed it onto the lip of the Pit, where it then fell down into after trying to escape. This confirmed a second win in Tornado's defence of the second belt - although it would have to wait until the next series of Extreme for the final battle for the belt to take place.

After finishing second in the All-Stars Grand-Final, Tornado represented the UK in the Second World Championship along with Chaos 2, Firestorm 3 and Razer. This competition was also broadcast during Extreme Warriors: Season 1. In the first round melee, Tornado faced American Panzer Mk 2, Belgian robot Philipper and the South African machine Yeborobo.

Tornado vs Panzer Mk2

Tornado is clamped by Panzer Mk 2

Tornado set its sights on Panzer Mk 2 from the off and got underneath its flipper after it was raised in an upright position. Tornado continued to push Panzer Mk 2 backwards and into the CPZ, with the American robot responding by lifting Tornado up, allowing it to escape from the CPZ. Tornado then found itself planted on Philipper after Panzer Mk 2 chucked it onto the World Championship veterans, while Yeborobo continued to remain stationary. After Tornado was raised by Philipper's lifter, Panzer Mk 2 took over again and rammed and lifted Tornado into the arena wall.

"Tornado really being pressured and pursued across the arena floor here by Panzer."
— Jonathan Pearce
Tornado vs Philipper

Tornado pushes Philipper onto the flame pit

Tornado came back onto the front of Panzer Mk 2 with its spinning drum, but its opponent used its weapon to invert Tornado once more. Meanwhile, Yeborobo was counted out, and the beaten machine was thrown onto both of Tornado and Panzer Mk 2 from the Floor Flipper. Suddenly, Panzer Mk 2 was overturned by Philipper and was unable to right itself. In the time remaining, Tornado used its spinning drum to grind away at Philipper, before putting the finishing touches on Yeborobo's demise by pushing it into the Pit. The battle went to a Judges' decision, who put Tornado through.

"We've got as good a chance as any in it!"
— Bryan Moss on Team Tornado's chances of victory

In the Semi-Finals, Tornado - with its scoop attached - fought the reigning world champion and only other remaining UK representative in the tournament in Razer.

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Tornado's tyres are crushed

After initial jostling, Tornado was forced into the arena wall by Razer after it rode up the front of the Razer's wedge. Razer then moved into position to bring its crushing arm down into one of Tornado's wheel wells. Tornado attempted to move away, but was unable to find the space to do so while it was next to the arena wall. Razer then attacked Tornado from behind and pierced through its armour, which also gave it enough purchase to hoist Tornado up into the air.

"Tornado being puffed out of it here immediately by Razer's hardened point."
— Jonathan Pearce
Razer vs Tornado 2nd WC

Tornado's second loss to Razer in Extreme is confirmed

After dropping back down, Tornado tried to outmanoeuvre its opponent again, but it was only able to drive into Razer's crushing zone again. Razer kept hold of Tornado, used it to bump into the Pit release button, before hoisting Tornado up into the air in celebration and then sliding it into the Pit.

"That was a very hard fight, they deserve that!"
— David Gamble

Series 5Edit

Seeded 12 for Series 5, Tornado was drawn against former semi-finalists Gravedigger in the first round of Heat G.

Gravedigger Axes Tornado

Tornado is axed by Gravedigger

The first drive towards Gravedigger saw Tornado narrowly evade a slam from its opponent's axe. Tornado then attacked the rear of Gravedigger, but Gravedigger responded by turning around and connecting with another use of its axe. After another solid connection from Gravedigger's weapon, Tornado charged at its side and shunted it across the arena and into the arena wall. Tornado continued to target the back of Gravedigger, and once again carried it around the arena on a long drive which left it against the arena wall.

"And a very good performance by Tornado has left Gravedigger immobilised right from the start."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado grapples with Gravedigger

This time, Gravedigger failed to move away, so Tornado came in with a slam before charging off into the distance and activating the Pit release button. Refbot then came over and counted out Gravedigger, before Sir Killalot held it over the Flame Pit and then dropped it next to the Pit of Oblivion, where Tornado put together the finishing touches, pitting Gravedigger.

This put Tornado against the Dublin boys and Diotoir, which reached the second round itself after disposing of Dome.

Diotoir Tornado

Tornado rams into Diotoir

Tornado came in with two quick rams while missing a thrust of Diotoir's scoop in the process. Tornado quickly attacked the space that the raised weapon of Diotoir had left and drove it into Sergeant Bash. Diotoir moved away from the House Robot, but Tornado kept the pressure on it by driving it across the arena floor and into an unoccupied CPZ. Tornado then came in with a rally of rams, although this did little to deter Diotoir which continued to drive towards Tornado while it carried out its attacks. Both machines then engaged with each other head on, with neither robot forcing the other backwards. After Diotoir finally broke the deadlock and pushed Tornado around, Tornado resorted back to its moving away and ramming tactic, although once again Diotoir wasn't forced on the back foot by this.

"This is a terrific, sustained fight between two stout-hearted machines."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado's shock exit at the hands of Diotoir.

Tornado then hovered in and around Diotoir and attacked it side on, which allowed it to push Diotoir back towards the Flame Pit. Suddenly, after activating the Pit release button, Diotoir moved in behind Tornado and drove it towards and down into the Pit of Oblivion. This meant that Tornado was eliminated from the competition, becoming the only robot in the top 12 seeds of Series 5 not to reach at least the Heat Final.

"They proved to be one of the hardest to push 2WD robots we have ever fought, and when we were on their front, their ramped chassis lifted our front wheels off the ground and gave them the pushing advantage. This proved conclusive after they opened the pit just before we lost drive on one side. There was nothing we could do - straight down the pit we went. Out to Diotoir - Noooooo!"
— Andrew Marchant on the Tornado website[8]

Series 6Edit

Tornado returned for Series 6 with a new feature - an interchangeable weapons bay. It had a wide variety of weapons for different opponents that could be swapped in or out depending on what was needed. Due to the fact that Pussycat and Wheely Big Cheese did not return for Series 6, Tornado was given the 12th seed due to its status as a previous semi-finalist. Tornado started off its campaign against Terror-Bull, Inshredable and Edge Hog equipped with its original spinning disc. Tornado giving out some powerful slams in this battle - it pushed Inshredable around the arena a bit, then combined with Edge Hog to push Inshredable into Matilda's CPZ. Edge Hog became immobile soon afterwards. Tornado continued shoving Inshredable around, but then turned its attention to Terror-Bull and pushed it into the pit - Tornado and a limping Inshredable qualified. However, Inshredable was in no shape to fight again, as proved in its fight against Anarchy.

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Tornado pits Terror-Bull.

"Dead Metal got stuck in, immobilising Inshredable, or at least so we though[t]. So to end the fight we pushed Terrorbull into the pit - and then Inshredible drove out from Dead Metal's corner! Sorry Terrorbull guys, we should have left you alone, you would have gone through then..."
— Team Tornado on inadvertently knocking out Terror-Bull.[9]
Tornado vs Anarchy

Tornado drives its spike under Anarchy's flipper...

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...but is pushed back by Anarchy

In the second round, Tornado pushed Thor around the arena and into the House Robots, causing one of Thor's side panels to come off and won on a judges' decision. It replaced the spinning disc with a static spike for the final against Anarchy and pushed the walker around, despite being flipped a few times. At one point, after a failed flip, Tornado charged into Anarchy's interiors, spike-first. This meant that Tornado was in position to prevent Anarchy from closing its flipper and had lost its most potent weaponry. As a result, Anarchy could not attack Tornado, and Tornado won the judges' decision, through to the semi-finals.

"We were scared, its got such a good axe on it, and we knew if that axe got to us, we were in trouble"
— Andrew Marchant after the fight with Anarchy
Hypno-Disc vs Tornado

Tornado uses its scoop for the first time in Series 6 against Hypno-Disc.

Tornado fitted a low wedge for the first round battle against triple grand-finalists Hypno-Disc. The robot was originally fitted with an anti-disc weapon, but the Hypno-Disc team raised an official complaint, stating the weapon was defensive rather than offensive. During the battle it simply shoved Hypno-Disc around, leaving Hypno-Disc unable to get its spinning disc up to speed and use it effectively. Tornado won the judges' decision.

"We were so lucky, we were expecting to come out in a bin bag"
— Andrew Marchant in the post battle interview
Tornado vs Dominator II

Matilda throws Tornado into the air

In the next battle, Tornado slammed into Dominator 2 twice with its scoop, while Dominator 2 axed it and made a hole. However, Tornado pushed Dominator 2 into the side of Matilda in a CPZ, but Matilda couldn't turn her flywheel into Dominator 2. Tornado backed straight into Matilda's flywheel, went soaring above the pit and landed at the side of it, where it ran away. Dominator 2 tried to chase it, but did a backwards-nose-dive into the pit. Tornado had made it to the Grand Final for the very first time.

Dominator 2 vs Tornado

Dominator 2 pits itself

"The next problem was the scoop - we were to be fighting Firestorm so we needed to use it, but it would not sit flat on the ground. We had to adjust the tyre pressures to get it close, and then just hope... Firestorm had ground down their front sufficiently that we thought they would get underneath us even with the scoop, so we were very careful that we didn't hit head on at the start..."
— Team Tornado's tactics to approaching Firestorm.[10]
Firestorm 3 vs Tornado

Tornado prepares to pit Firestorm 4.

Tornado was drawn up against Firestorm 4 in the first round and pushed it around the arena for a bit. Firestorm was having trouble getting under Tornado because its scoop was so low to the ground. Eventually Firestorm pushed Tornado into Shunt and Tornado got axed by the House Robot. Firestorm wedged Tornado into the wall. Tornado's wheels started smoking as it then pushed Firestorm back. Firestorm then got under Tornado again and pushed it around for a bit. Tornado was beginning to falter as it pressed the Pit Button. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed it into Shunt. After axing Firestorm, Shunt axed Tornado, nearly hitting the receiver. Firestorm flipped Tornado over. Tornado's scoop was now upside down and ineffective, until Firestorm flipped it again. Tornado then got under Firestorm and slammed them into the Pit Button. Just before time ran out, Tornado got under Firestorm and pushed it into the Pit, qualifying for the grand final.

Tornado Vs Razer

Tornado slams Razer against the arena side wall.

For the battle against Razer, Tornado was fitted with a large metal frame with a lawnmower blade at the front. Created specially for this fight, should it have occurred, the frame made it impossible for Razer to reach the inner parts of Tornado. Razer retaliated by attaching a small claw extension to their weapon. The frame was heavily criticised, but was deemed legal as the team had made it clear alongside all its other weapons before the tournament had started. The round begun with Tornado ramming Razer several times, although rather ineffectively. Tornado's lawnmower blade stopped spinning at one point and Razer grabbed onto the cage several times, but kept losing its grip.
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Tornado hangs over the pit

Razer became wedged behind the disc button and Tornado began its patented "relentless ramming" technique. Refbot intervened and freed Razer. The pit button was pushed and Razer managed to get a grip on Tornado's cage, raised it into the air and tried to dispose it in the pit, but Tornado's wide frame prevented it from falling down the shaft. Cease was called. After a 45 minute wait, the judges finally ruled in favour of Tornado, who was subsequently crowned the new UK Champion.
"It took them [the judges] about 40 minutes to come to a decision, including re-running the fight over the video monitors for the benefit of everyone, including the audience... The judges decided that Tornado's wheels had not been fully in the pit, therefore it was not in the pit, and as such we had won!"
— Team Tornado Website.

Extreme 2Edit

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Tornado and Dantomkia press Terrorhurtz against the Disc of Doom button

As reigning champions, Tornado competed in the Extreme 2 All-Stars Championship, equipped with the scoop. In the first round, it teamed up with Dantomkia on Terrorhurtz, shoving John Reid's machine into the CPZs and the arena walls. Tornado encountered some difficulty when it was clamped by Sergeant Bash, but Tornado did not sustain major damage, and the combined attacks from Tornado and Dantomkia caused Terrorhurtz to lose the use of its axe, so Tornado went through along with Dantomkia after Terrorhurtz was flipped and dispatched down the pit.

Tornado vs Bigger Brother

Tornado slams Bigger Brother into an angle grinder

In the next round, Tornado fought former runners-up Bigger Brother. It maintained its scoop weaponry, to the doubts of Philippa Forrester and Jonathan Pearce.

"The other thing I say to the UK Champions is, what happens if Tornado is flipped? What use is that scoop then?"
— Jonathan Pearce
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An inverted Tornado pushes back

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Bigger Brother uses its flipper as a clamp on the overturned Tornado

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Tornado is nudged into the pit

At the start of the battle, Tornado's ground clearance was breached, but it turned the battle around when Bigger Brother was caught by Sir Killalot, and Tornado slammed it into an angle grinder. The two robots skirted around each other, but eventually Tornado was flipped over by Bigger Brother. It had to take a defensive approach, opening the pit, and pushing Bigger Brother using its inverted wedge. Due to the disadvantage in ground clearance, Tornado began to lose the pushing battle with Bigger Brother, and neared the pit. Tornado was clamped by Bigger Brother's flipper, and was placed on the edge of the pit, and nudged in, putting it out of the All-Stars.

"Tornado's extra-special scooper wasn't so super!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Tornado earns its second Challenge Belt

Tornado also featured in the Challenge Belt episode where Dantomkia, Sir Chromalot, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Hypno-Disc, Vader, Iron-Awe 2.0, Terrorhurtz and Barber-Ous 2 all fought in a tournament for the right to challenge them for the belt. The winner was Terrorhurtz, but Tornado immediately disposed of Terrorhurtz by ramming it into an angle gringer, getting underneath it with the scoop, and putting it down the pit - one of the fastest pitting in the show's history at only 19 seconds - and claiming the Challenge Belt title for a second time in a row.

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Tornado pits Snake Bite

Tornado also participated in the European Championship tournament, qualifying as UK champion. This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars. It faced the Swiss Snake Bite in its first battle, which had a Razer-like crusher, but Team Tornado decided not to fit their anti-crusher frame, using their scoop instead. Tornado started by pushing Snake Bite into Dead Metal, who attacked it with its serrated saw blade. Tornado then pushed Snake Bite into Mr. Psycho and the attacks from both house robots meant Snake Bite was immobile. It was counted out and pitted and Tornado was through to face adversary Razer.

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Tornado is lifted by the frame

Razer had added a hook on the end of its claw to counter Tornado's anti-Razer frame. The battle started with the two machines thumping into each other. Razer pushed Tornado back with Tornado hitting it with the blade on the frame, causing no visible damage. Tornado started to run from Razer but it didn't quite escape, with Razer grappling the frame and dragging Tornado into a CPZ with Sergeant Bash. The house robot pushed the grappling pair out of the CPZ, but Razer's hook managed to get a hold on Tornado and lever it up. Razer then began to drag Tornado towards the pit release button, hitting it. Suddenly smoke started to billow out of Razer, Tornado still in its grasp. Razer couldn't find the strength to pit Tornado, despite its huge efforts. The battle came to a close on a judges' decision, with Razer the winner. However, after the battle, the Razer team said they were immobile for over thirty seconds and therefore awarded the match to Tornado.

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Tornado pits Philliper to claim the European title.

This meant Tornado fought Philipper 2 in the final, equipped with its original disc weapon. At the start, Tornado pushed its opponent around the arena, before shoving it into Shunt's CPZ. Tornado then slammed Philipper into an angle grinder and then onto the flame pit. Refbot freed Philipper, but Tornado pushed the Belgian robot into Sergeant Bash, before shoving it into the pit to win the European Championship.

Series 7Edit

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Tornado and Ewe 2 gang up on Devastator

Tornado returned to the Seventh Wars as the reigning UK champion, keeping its interchangeable weaponry. In the first round, it was equipped with the disc, and drawn against veteran teams Ewe 2 and Sawpoint 2 alongside newcomers Devastator. It dominated the early stages, singling out Devastator and ramming it into the arena wall. It then pushed Devastator and Sawpoint 2 into the CPZ, where they were attacked by the house robots. After Ewe 2 pitted Sawpoint 2, Tornado combined with the flipper to shove Devastator into oblivion and out of the competition.

Leveller 2 vs Tornado

Tornado is flipped by Leveller 2

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Tornado chases Leveller 2 as it drives down the pit

In the second round, it met another newcomer, Leveller 2 and used its scoop and chain flail. Tornado was flipped over, rendering the scoop useless, but it used the upside-down weapon to get a grip on Leveller 2 and shove it into Sir Killalot. Poor driving meant it couldn't get away and Shunt and Sir Killalot combined to attack it. Leveller 2 flipped Tornado once more but Tornado showed great aggression by pushing its opponent towards the angle grinder. Leveller 2 was eventually grasped by Sir Killalot, but he dropped it. Leveller 2 then drove into the pit.

Tornado vs Tetanus Booster

Tornado holds Tetanus Booster in the CPZ

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Tornado pushes Tetanus Booster into the pit

This allowed Tornado to progress to the Heat Final, where it was fitted with the new electric lifter to fight against Tetanus Booster. Despite Tetanus Booster breaking the lifting mechanism, Tornado used its lifter to good effect by constantly getting underneath and pushing it around the arena. Tetanus Booster eventually started smoking and after lingering in the CPZ, Tornado pitted it, putting it through to the Semi-Finals.

Tornado vs Raging Knightmare

Tornado pushes Raging Knightmare.

There it met Raging Knightmare in the first round, reusing its disc. Tornado overturned Raging Knightmare with a rebound from a shove into the side wall, but Shunt axed it. Tornado slammed Raging Knightmare repeatedly into the side wall at speed. Raging Knightmare couldn't self-right and was pitted by Tornado.

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Gravity sends Tornado flying

In the second round it met Dutch robot Gravity, whose powerful flipper saw it beat the seeded Dantomkia and 13 Black along the way. Gravity couldn't get underneath Tornado's low scoop and Tornado kept pushing it into the wall. Eventually Gravity threw Tornado high into the air and it landed upside-down. Although Gravity had a punctured tyre, it could now get underneath Tornado. It didn't however and Tornado pushed the damaged Gravity onto the closed pit and activated the pit release button, leaving Gravity to descend into oblivion.

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Storm 2 rams Tornado against the wall

Tornado Pit Controversy

Tornado is driven onto the descending pit

In the Grand Final it met New Blood Champions Storm 2, which was much like Tornado but with better speed and power. Storm 2 started quickly and slammed into the side wall when attempting an attack. Tornado was able to push Storm 2 for a while, but Storm 2 turned Tornado over with its lifting arm, meaning it was now easy to get underneath the inverted scoop. Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the walls several times before cease was called. Unfortunately, Tornado lost the judges' decision as Storm 2 had won on damage and aggression.

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Tornado rams X-Terminator against the arena wall

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Tornado battling X-Terminator.

In the play-off, X-Terminator had taken a lot of damage from their previous battle against Typhoon 2, allowing Tornado to easily push it around the arena and into the CPZs, where X-Terminator took further damage from the House Robots. Despite suffering adhesion problems due to hydraulic fluid spilt on the arena floor, Tornado eventually immobilised X-Terminator, winning the play-off and finishing third in Series 7.

Storm Vs Tornado World Champs

Storm 2 prepares to slam Tornado against the arena wall.

Tornado also competed in the Third World Championship as the reigning European Champion. In the first round, it was drawn against German representatives Ansgar 3 and UK runners-up Storm 2. Tornado teamed up with Storm 2 against Ansgar 3, pushing the German robot into Growler's CPZ, the arena side wall and the flame pit, where it became immobilised. After battling with Storm 2 for a while, the two robots ganged up to push Ansgar 3 into the pit. Tornado and Storm 2 continued pushing each other around for a while, slamming each other into the side walls and CPZs. After Tornado pushed Storm 2 into Dead Metal's clutches, Storm 2 slammed Tornado into the wall at great speed and sent it flying through the air. 'Cease' was called, and the judges went for Storm 2, so Tornado was eliminated at the first hurdle.

US Season 2Edit

Tornado, alongside Kat 3, Wowot and arch rivals Razer, appeared in the International Championship of Extreme Warriors Season 2. The four UK robots were paired up and Tornado fought Adam Clark's Wowot. Tornado slammed into the offensive, shoving Wowot around and into Sgt Bash who buried its claw into Wowot's side. Tornado eventually pushed Wowot into the pit to win.

"Our second fight was against Razer. Unlike at Extreme 1 we were not daunted - it was time to play our trump card and reveal our anti-crusher weapon! Razer were dumbfounded - understandably they asked for it to be weighted and measured, but as we knew already it followed the rules to the letter. Everyone who saw it was either amused or speechless!"
— Team Tornado[11]
RazerliftsTornado

Razer lifts Tornado by the cage

For the battle against Razer, Team Tornado used their new anti-crusher device for the first time, as the second season of Extreme Warriors was filmed before UK Series 6. In the fight, the chain came off the disc of the Anti-Crusher Web almost immediately, but the weapon served its purpose and Razer could not reach the chassis. Tornado repeatedly pushed Razer into the CPZs, but the House Robots kept attacking Tornado instead. By the end of the fight, the Anti-Crusher Web was completely mangled, but Tornado itself was relatively unharmed.

"But the judges were apparently told to ignore any house robot intervention because they had not done as they should. It went to a judges decision - and we won on a 2:1 split decision!"
— Team Tornado[12]

In the final, Tornado met General Chompsalot 2. This time Tornado equipped the scoop, and simply pushed General Chompsalot around the arena and down the pit to claim the International Championship.

ResultsEdit

TORNADO - RESULTS
UK Series
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 2
Heat F, Eliminator vs. Gemini (8), Kater Killer Qualified
Heat F, Semi-Final vs. Berserk 2 (24) Won
Heat F, Final vs. Gemini (8) Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Wheely Big Cheese (15) Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 2 vs. Chaos 2 (1) Lost
Extreme Series 1
All-Stars
Runner-Up
Round 1 vs. 3 Stegs to Heaven Won
Quarter Final vs. Pussycat Won
Semi-Final vs. Chaos 2 Won
Final vs. Razer Lost
Mayhem & Annihilator
Mayhem
Mayhem vs. King B Powerworks, The Steel Avenger Lost
Challenge Belt
Holder
Challenge vs. Behemoth Won
Defence vs. Comengetorix Won
Defence vs. Wild Thing Won
Defence vs. Chaos 2 Won
Defence vs. Pussycat Won
Single Battle Events
Vengeance
Vengeance vs. Stinger Won
The Second World Championship
Representing UK, Semi-Final
NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during US Season 1
Heat vs. Panzer Mk 2 (USA), Philipper (BEL), Yeborobo (RSA) Won
Semi-Final vs. Razer (UK) Lost
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
12th Seed, Heat, Round 2
Heat G, Eliminator vs. Gravedigger Won
Heat G, Semi-Final vs. Diotoir Lost
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
12th Seed, Champion
Heat G, Round 1 vs. Edge Hog, Inshredable, Terror-Bull Qualified
Heat G, Round 2 vs. Thor Won
Heat G, Final vs. Anarchy Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Hypno-Disc (4) Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 2 vs. Dominator 2 (6) Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Firestorm 4 (3) Won
Grand Final vs. Razer (1) Won
Extreme Series 2
All-Stars
Heat, Round 2
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Dantomkia, Terrorhurtz Qualified
Heat A, Round 2 vs. Bigger Brother Lost
Challenge Belt
Holder
Defence vs. Terrorhurtz Won
European Championship
Representing UK, Champion
NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars
Round 1 vs. Snake Bite (SUI) Won
Round 2 vs. Razer (UK) Lost
NOTE: After Round 2, the Razer team handed the victory to Tornado as they believed that their robot had been immobilised (Razer's motors had burnt out very early on in the fight) and did not deserve to continue.
Final vs. Philipper 2 (BEL) Won
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
1st Seed, 3rd Place
Heat E, Round 1 vs. Devastator, Ewe 2, Sawpoint 2 Qualified
Heat E, Round 2 vs. Leveller 2 Won
Heat E, Final vs. Tetanus Booster Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Raging Knightmare Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 2 vs. Gravity Won
Grand Final, Eliminator vs. Storm 2 (16) Lost
Grand Final, Playoff vs. X-Terminator (11) Won
The Third World Championship
Representing UK, Heat
Heat vs. Ansgar 3 (GER), Storm 2 (UK) Lost
US Series
Season 1
NOTE: See Extreme Series 1 Results
Season 2
International Championship
Representing UK, Champion
Round 1 vs. Wowot (UK) Won
Round 2 vs. Razer (UK) Won
Final vs. General Chompsalot 2 (USA) Won
Tornado

Tornado in the pits as the defending Champion

Wins/LossesEdit

  • UK Wins: 32
  • UK Losses: 9
  • US Wins: 3
  • US Losses: 0

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Tornado Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 2
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 2
The Sixth Wars Grand Champion
The Seventh Wars Third Place
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered
Series 2 Entered

Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • Storm Chaser in the Techno Games Football competition.
  • The Storm Chaser armour that Tornado was clad in on Techno-Games.
  • Tornado on display in October 2009.
  • Tornado at the European Championships, 2013.
  • Tornado in the pits, Burgess Hill 2014
  • Andrew Marchant with Photon Storm

Tornado was renamed Storm Chaser, after the alternative team name and the fact that team member David Gamble was a storm chaser, for its entry into Techno Games, which also saw it fitted with new blue armour panels concealing its top, sides, front and back. Storm Chaser fought alongside Sprocket (S.M.I.D.S.Y.) in the Football, where it beat Technomoth and Raviolio 7-2 before beating Team BB and winning the final 5-0 against Team Snow Cat (Snowstorm and Kat's Whiskers). It also lost to Big Bro in the final of Sumo in the same year (after beating British Bulldog and Chip in round 1 and 2) as well as win the Tug of War competition (beating Ridgeback, British Bulldog and Sprocket). In 2003, Storm Chaser competed in the Sumo competition and defeated Joker in the first round, before losing to Ickle Toaster. However, as Ickle Toaster's victory raised health and safety concerns, Storm Chaser was reinstated, and won the gold medal in the final.

Tornado is still in the possession of Andrew Marchant, and now occasionally fights, also sometimes appearing on static display. At the 2013 European Championships in Norwich, it returned to combat for an exhibition match against Alien Destructor and Cherub. After a close battle, it won on a judges decision. It then later battled Dantomkia, Bulldog Breed, Tough As Nails and The Saint. Tornado returned for the 2014 Robots Live event in Burgess Hill.

In 2016, Andrew Marchant joined Ed Hoppitt and Alan Young to take part in the 2016 series of BattleBots with Photon Storm, a highly upgraded version of Tiberius. It was drawn against Brazilian bot, Minotaur. Despite starting the battle strongly, Photon Storm was knocked out after one powerful hit from Minotaur's' drum and was not given a wildcard.

In 2016, Andrew Marchant was asked whether he would enter the new series of Robot Wars. He responded by saying that Tornado would not return for the new series, and on Team Tornado's website stated that he did not have enough time or money to build Tornado's successor and enter Series 8 in time.[13] He stated his intentions to enter Tornado mk2 in the future, but admitted that the filming dates of Series 9 were also too close for the team to apply.

Appearances in MerchandiseEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The team's original design for a competitor robot
  • Plague's first design plan
  • Plague's final design before the team created Tornado
  • The team's design for the original Tornado
  • Tornado being built
  • Tornado's first ever live appearance, unpainted.
  • Tornado's first fight, against the original Dantomkia.
  • Team Tornado after their Series 4 audition
  • The Best Newcomer Award as it appeared on TV
  • Tha actual trophy that Team Tornado recieved
  • The modified chassis for series 5 onwards
  • Team Tornado in Extreme 1/Series 5.
  • The insides of Tornado during series 5-7
  • Team Tornado working on Tornado in the pits in 2001
  • Team Tornado's trophy cabinet in 2003
  • The Executioner for Series 8 which is in the possession of Team Tornado.
  • Tornado is one of eight robots to win more than twenty battles in the UK Robot Wars. With 32, it has the third-most UK wins of all robots, the second-most wins overall with 35, and is the only one of the eight to debut after Series 3. The others to achieve this feat are Razer, Firestorm, Pussycat, Panic Attack, Chaos 2, Behemoth and Hypno-Disc.
  • Along with Razer, PulverizeR and the middleweight Typhoon, Tornado is the only robot to have fought and defeated both a clusterbot (Gemini) and a walkerbot (Anarchy). Coincidentally:
    • Each of them faced Tornado in a Heat Final.
    • Like Razer, the clusterbot Tornado faced was Gemini.
    • Like PulverizeR, Tornado's victory against a walkerbot occurred in the same series it won.
  • Tornado is one of only 3 UK Series Semi-Finalists to have made the Semi-Finals in non-sequential series (doing so in 4 and 7, in addition to reaching and winning 6). The other two robots to do so are X-Terminator and Thermidor 2, although neither made Series 6.
  • Prior to building Tornado, the members of Team Tornado had planned to build two separate robots for Series 4:
    • The first was an unnamed four-wheeled box-shaped robot conceived by David Gamble and Gamble's workmate Ian Moody, which was armed with a 360 degree hammer that could act as a self-righting mechanism.
    • The other was an invertible robot called Plague, which had two design iterations. The first was a box-shaped tracked robot armed with a cutting saw, while the second was an octagonal-shaped, two-wheeled robot with a small spinning disc.
  • Tornado fought in the first and last episodes of both Robot Wars Extreme.
  • Curiously, the Best Newcomer Award Trophy that Team Tornado received after Series 4 was not the trophy shown on television.[14]
  • Tornado is the only robot to have defeated a reigning UK Champion, then gone on to win the title itself in the same series, not counting Apollo's victory over Gary Cairns.
  • Tornado was the only competitor robot to be made into a radio controlled toy as merchandise.
  • Tornado's lifter, static spike, Anti Axe Weapon and Anti Spinner Weapon have all been scrapped.
  • After Robot Wars, Team Tornado bought The Executioner, which had been modified for a presumed Series 8 before the show entered its hiatus, with the intention of having a robot that the team's wives could drive at charity events. However, The Executioner would never be used for this role.
  • Tornado is one of only five robots to fight at least two past or future domestic champions in a single battle. The others to do this are 13 Black and the other three robots in Tornado's Second World Championship heat: Yeborobo, Philipper and Panzer Mk 2.
  • Tornado is one of ten robots to fight two past or future domestic champions in two successive battles, fighting Chaos 2 and Razer in the Semi-Final and Final of the first All-Stars Tournament in Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1, as well as Razer and Philipper 2 in the European Championship. The others to do this are Killertron, Cassius, Firestorm, Stinger, Razer, X-Terminator, Twisted Metal, Philipper 2 and √3.
  • Along with Krab-Bot, Razer, 101, Storm 2, Behemoth, and Manta, Tornado is one of only seven robots to finish in the top four of a World Championship and the top eight of a domestic championship.
  • One of Tornado's drive motors would later be used in Series 8 champion Apollo.[15]

HonoursEdit


Honour
Position in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame


ReferencesEdit

  1. Team Tornado's Winding Up Again Robot Diary
  2. Team Tornado Website - Design and Philosophy
  3. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  4. Team Tornado's Vortex Building Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  5. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  6. Team Tornado's Vortex Building Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  7. Team Tornado's Victories And Defeats on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  8. Team Tornado's Series 5 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  9. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  10. Team Tornado's Series 6 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  11. Team Tornado's TNN Extreme Series 2 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  12. Team Tornado's TNN Extreme Series 2 Robot Diary on www.teamtornado.co.uk
  13. Andrew Marchant on Team Tornado's potential entry into Series 8
  14. http://www.teamtornado.co.uk/rwdiary.htm
  15. https://www.reddit.com/r/robotwars/comments/66ji0f/team_apollo_ama/dgj0qmt/

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