- "Good weapons, but looks like a rusty old pig out there!"
- — Jonathan Pearce commenting on Torque of the Devil's design during its Gauntlet run
After the announcement of Series 8 of Robot Wars, Lee Chenery stated on the FRA forum that he wants to build a new robot for the upcoming series, although no further information surfaced.
Torque of the Devil was a large barrel-shaped robot painted red and featuring a sculpted fibreglass body which Jonathan Pearce regularly likened to a pig. It was powered by a 12V motor, and its weapons were a rotating spiked drill at the front and a rear-mounted cutting disc with four teeth bolted onto the disc. While boasting impressive weapons by Series 1 standards, Torque of the Devil suffered from slow speed, fragile armour and poor manoeuvrability which adversely affected its performances throughout its Heat.
Torque of the Devil started its Gauntlet run by reversing off the turntable and turning towards the right-hand route, where it was intercepted by Sergeant Bash. It slowly spun around as Sergeant Bash continued to attack, and appeared to stop moving as the House Robot nudged it towards a grille and fired flames at it, briefly getting himself stuck in the process. Torque of the Devil could not escape, however, and had reached a distance of only 4.92 metres. However, it still qualified for the Trial as Wharthog had covered exactly one metre less in its run, eliminating the latter.
- "I hope that thing's made out of asbestos!"
- — Jeremy Clarkson mocks Torque of the Devil after its Gauntlet run
In the Labyrinth Trial, Torque of the Devil followed Full Metal Anorak down the right-hand route, but was too slow to take advantage of Full Metal Anorak ramming Sergeant Bash to get past the House Robot. Torque of the Devil eventually proceeded down the left-hand lane, passing Bodyhammer as it was attacked by Shunt and Sergeant Bash, but was not able to turn fast enough to follow REALI-T as it waited for Full Metal Anorak to ram Matilda away. With Psychosprout eliminated after rolling back to the start, Torque of the Devil still covered enough distance to finish third and progress to the Arena stage.
In the Semi-Finals, Torque of the Devil faced Bodyhammer, now decorated with a plaster at the back covering damage sustained in the Trial. It was rammed and pushed by the weaponless Bodyhammer within the opening moments, before Bodyhammer shoved it across the arena and onto the side bars, leaving Torque of the Devil stranded. Dead Metal, Matilda and Shunt proceeded to attack Torque of the Devil, with Shunt dragging it off the side bars using his axe. Torque of the Devil spun slowly in the CPZ before Bodyhammer rammed it onto the side bars again, with 'cease' being called after one last slam from Bodyhammer. After this, Torque of the Devil was eliminated from the First Wars.
- "Torque of the Devil looks like a pig, now a stuck pig!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Torque of the Devil is wedged on the side bars for the second time
|TORQUE OF THE DEVIL - RESULTS|
|The First Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat E, Gauntlet||4.92m (5th)||Qualified|
|Heat E, Trial (Labyrinth)||Third Furthest (3rd)||Qualified|
|Heat E, Semi-Final||vs. Bodyhammer||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Torque of the Devil Record|
|The First Wars||Heat, Arena Semi-Final|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
- Team member Adam Pengilly later joined Team Wharthog for Series 3 with Crusher.
- Torque of the Devil was the first robot to have used "Torque" as a pun on "Talk". Team Torque would later use similar puns for their robots All Torque, Small Torque and Fighting Torque.
- Torque of the Devil was the first Welsh robot to take part in any series of Robot Wars.