In order to appear on Robot Wars, all unseeded prospective competitors had to go through a screening process known as the the qualifiers. In the qualifiers, roboteers demonstrated their robots to the Robot Wars staff. The staff would choose their favourite robots from all the ones they saw, and those that they liked would be granted admission to Robot Wars.
The qualifiers were not done the same way in every series. In the earlier series, the qualifiers would test robots on control, since their first task if they qualified would be to run the gauntlet. After the gauntlet and trial were abolished, the focus of the qualifiers was shifted towards battling.
Battle were held in a different arena than the one seen on television. This arena was small and compact, making it easier to transport, and did not feature hazards like the pit, floor flipper, or the house robots. Because there was no adequate separation zone between the arena and spectators, it was not safe to flip robots over the barrier, and several roboteers were specifically told not to do so. Most of the time, the robot that won the qualifier battle was granted admission into Robot Wars, however there were a few cases of robots being rejected in spite of winning. Converesely, a robot could still qualify if it lost its battle; many Robot Wars competitors were given discretionary places becuase they caught the eye of the producers.
In the Series 4 qualifiers, robots battled each other one-on-one. In most cases, the winner received admission into the Fourth Wars, however some, like an early incarnation of Dantomkia were turned down in spite of winning.
In Series 5, the qualifiers done as a live show in front of an audience to promote the upcoming season of Robot Wars. The well-known host Craig Charles served as MC, and house robots were used during qualifier battles. Some seeded robots participated in qualifier battles, although they qualified regardless of the outcome.
Most battles were one-on-one, but there was the occasional "rumble" in which up to six robots, including the house robots, battled in a free-for-all melee.
In Series 6, most of the qualifier battles were done as four-way melees. There was the occasional battle with fewer robots depeinding on how many were available. The winner of the battle automatically qualififed for Series 6, and the losers could qualify through discretionary places.
The Series 7 qualifiers were done in the same way as Series 6, with up to four robots in each battle, and the winner qualifying. Once again, discretionary places were given out to many robots who lost their battles.
For the first time in Robot Wars, teams from outside the UK attempted to qualify. Twenty-two roboteers from eastern and central Europe pooled their money for transportation to the qualifiers. Arthur Chilcott of the Mortis team allowed them to use his backyard as a campground.
|UK Series||2-6, Extreme 1-2|
|Team Members|| Ian Lewis|
(Series 3-6, Extreme 1-2)
|Dimensions||0.41m x 1.14m x 0.60m|
|Power||2 x 1KW electric motors|
|Weapons||Hydraulic crushing arm and front scoop|
Robot statistics correct as of its most recent appearance on the show
- "...overall it would have to be Razer...a beautiful and distinctive design and technically very impressive..."
- — Mat Irvine on the robot that most impressed him
Razer was a robot that competed in the British television game show Robot Wars originally constructed from steel with an aluminium chassis and wheel guards and a top speed of 11mph. A misconception perpetuated by Jonathan Pearce in Series 2 was that Razer was named after Neil "Razor" Ruddock, a West Ham footballer. In reality, its name was simply an extension of the verb "raze", which means "To level to the ground (e.g. a building)".
It is statistically the greatest robot in the show's history, with forty battle victories against only five losses and five championships to its name. It was a roughly wedge-shaped robot with a powerful mechanical claw weapon exerting 9 tonnes of pressure (3 tonnes at the tip), looking somewhat similar to a scorpion's tail running off a 3000PSI, 5-piston radial hydraulic pump which was powered by a 12V car starter motor. This weapon, described as "half bird, half reptile" by commentator Jonathan Pearce, was one of the most powerful weapons in Robot Wars history, being able to penetrate deep into robots and damage their inner mechanics. It was filled with over 450 holes that were drilled to keep Razer within the permitted weight boundaries.
In Series 3, two "wings" were added to the side of the crushing arm to serve as a self-righting mechanism, should Razer ever be flipped over (as well as making it able to give its infamous "salute"). The mechanism worked twofold, it fired the wings and locked the beak in the full upright position, so that when Razer rolled back over the tip of its scorpion tail would cushion the impact of hitting the floor, protecting the vulnerable underbelly from damage. During Extreme 1, the armour was upgraded, the transmission improved and a heavier wedge was added to the front of Razer to allow it to drive robots on to the immediate mercy of its claw (it used this to great effect against Firestorm, Dantomkia and Tornado in particular) making it viciously nimble and accurate. In addition Razer had an adjustable 'torsion bar' suspension that allows very precise positioning of the front wedge 'snout', ultimately allowing it to lower or raise the wedge. It may have been remotely adjusted, but this is unclear.
Despite all this, Razer did have one glaring and persistent weakness in that it was heavily unreliable. In its first three wars, it lost due to various mechanical and electrical faults. These were mostly fixed by Series 5, but in its very last battle in Extreme Series 2, it broke down once more after its motors burnt out, which were from a trolley shop caddy. In Extreme 2, the team spent £1,000 worth of new batteries and speed controllers and the wheels were redesigned with small spikes for additional traction.
The robot competed in Series 2-6 of Robot Wars, winning the fifth series and several side competitions. It also won the first two Robot Wars World Championships. Razer was created by Simon Scott (the team captain), Ian Lewis (whose main hobby was swimming with sharks) and Vincent Blood, from Bournemouth.
Razer was subsequently retired from Robot Wars after Extreme 2 and did not take part in Series 7. However, Razer does occasionally appear at live Robotic combat events to give demonstrations by crushing various old household appliances, and a featherweight version of the Series 5 winner and twice World Champion called Venom currently competes in the featherweight circuit. The team also entered Battlebots with both Razer and a robot called Warhead, which lost to Overkill (no relation to the Series 3 competitor).
For its tremendous success in Robot Wars, Razer was inducted into The Combat Robot Hall of Fame in the year of its opening. It was the only UK robot to receive unanimous selection.
Razer now belongs to Ian Lewis's new team Robo Challenge, whose robots also include a featherweight version of Razer called Venom.
Appearances in MerchandiseEdit
- Razer/Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction
- Razer/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (GBA)
- Razer/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (PC/Xbox)
- Razer/Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction
Razer's most famous rivalry was with the Tornado team. 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.
- "They can't get them down the pit! Look at that, it's an anti-pit device as well!"
- — The anti-crusher web plays a pivotal role in the outcome of Series 6.
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 judge Noel Sharkey later said it was one of the worst moments of his career.
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 Tornado took Razer's crown of UK Champion. This decision was arguably the most controversial of all time, and spawned an undying feud between Razer and Tornado Fanboys.
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.
- "Some of us are gentlemen, and some of us hold back. Now, if you're out of control, you don't just go for it, do you?"
- — Ian Lewis
Razer had previously had a shorter-lived rivalry with the Pussycat team, which started in the heat final in Series 4. Shortly after the battle started, Razer became immobilised against the arena wall and unable to move, which left it at the mercy of Pussycat's blade. Despite Razer conceding defeat, Pussycat continued to attacked its opponent with its spinning disc, causing major damage before Razer was eventually pitted by Dead Metal. The Razer team, especially Ian lewis was very unhappy about the amount of damage that was caused by Pussycat after it had been immobilised and the two teams tried to settle their score in a vengeance battle in Extreme Series 1, although this was all for show, as the Razer team had long since gotten over the issue, and they merely wanted a fair fight after the unfortunate malfunction in the previous battle. In this battle, Razer was able to grab hold of Pussycat and lift it into the air, but Pussycat fell from the crusher and its spinning blade hit one of Razer's wheels and jammed it. This attack immobilised Razer once again, and Pussycat continued to attack Razer, not causing nearly as much damage as in their series 4 battle, before Razer was pitted by Shunt. The Razer team accepted defeat more gracefully this time.
The robot was hard to control in the gauntlet, but manoeuvred its way through the ram rig and was able to catch Shunt in its crushing arm, before pushing it backwards into the safe zone, allowing it to qualify and move onto the trials. It scored the first goal in the football trial fairly quickly, allowing it to move onto the arena stage, where it met Inquisitor.
- "And Razer's in problems, I don't think Razer can move, I think they've broken down... Razer, can't move, and Razer is out, what a turn up!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Here, Razer manoeuvred behind Inquistor and rammed it into the arena wall, before crushing its rear section, completely destroying the flail as a result. However, Inquisitor was still mobile and escaped, while Razer was suddenly unable to move, the first example of its infamous early unreliability. The house robots then proceeded to attack the immobile Razer, with Shunt turning it on its side with its scoop (prompting the addition of the self-righting wings in the next series) and Sgt Bash setting one of its inner sections on fire. However, Razer later received the Best Design award, on account of its power and unique weaponry.
Razer came back again for Series 3, improved over 3 months in the fact that its wheels were better-protected with new wheelguards, sleeker and more lightweight hardened sheet steel armour was fitted, and most importantly, the addition of the self-righting wings. In its first round battle, Razer was unable to get a grip on Backstabber, so the team had to settle for trapping it on its wedge and then pushing it into the pit for the win instead.
- "Well Razer's gone up, in a pirouette of delight, and, I think, has immobilized itself!"
- — Razer is pinned on its rear spike
Razer had trouble damaging its second round opponent Aggrobot due to its opponent's tall size and slanted sides. Still, it maintained control of the match, pinning down Aggrobot repeatedly and making some visible scratches. Eventually, Razer found a weak point - the hole in Aggrobot's shell that accomodated the spike. Razer stuck its beak in and crumpled Aggrobot's back panel. But Razer then ran into problems - its srimech activated and became stuck open, and by nature of the design, Razer's wheels were suspended off the ground. The team couldn't get the beak to lower, and Razer was immobile. Dead Metal came in and cut into its beak.
However, Razer would go on to win the Best Design Award for the second year running. It was also going to take part in the Series 3 Soccer competition, but due to an accident behind the scenes filming was rescheduled and Razer was entered in the Pinball tournament instead. Razer knocked over most of the barrels, hit two of the targets guarded by House Robots, hit the multiball release, pushed the giant sphere into the pit and opened the car door gate. After clearing most of the targets in the arena, Razer won the Pinball tournament with 210 points.
Razer was brought into the International League Championship of Series 3 as a substitute for Cassius 2, who for reasons unknown, was unable to compete. Razer was drawn against Prometheus in its first battle, but Prometheus suffered internal damage in its own first battle, rendering it unable to battle Razer. Razer was awarded three points and went on to fight Technolease. In the start of the battle, Razer quickly darted around to the side of Technolease and crumpled into its top armour.
- "Can it withstand the crushing claw of Razer? No!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Razer pierces Techno-Lease's top armour.
Razer crushed into Techno-Lease again, this time crushing down one of its side panels. Razer pushed Techno-Lease into Shunt, but Shunt attacked Razer instead. Shunt picked up Razer with his front bucket and carried it a fair distance across the arena. Shunt dragged Razer back into the CPZ and flipped it. Razer used its self-righting wings to get back up, resuming the attack on Techno-Lease. Razer punctured its armour again before using the spike on the rear end of its crushing claw to lever Techno-Lease up. Techno-Lease was immobilised after this and attacked by the House Robots. Razer then got its revenge on Shunt by crumpling his front bucket shovel. Razer then chased Matilda, trying to break off her chainsaw. The battle ended at this point.
In the Final, Razer faced the Irish Diotoir. Razer began the battle by driving into Diotoir and getting its wedge underneath it. Razer crumpled and punctured Diotoir's armour, immobilising it. As Diotoir was already finished, Razer pitted it.
Having won the International League, Razer also represented England in the First World Championship. In the first round against All Torque, Razer quickly got underneath its opponent and pierced through the armour with its hydraulic claw. Razer continued to attack and crumpled the stainless steel armour of All Torque. Eventually, the damage from Razer's claw became too much and All Torque broke down.
In the quarter finals Razer faced UK champion Chaos 2, which managed to get underneath Razer but was unable to flip it over completely. Razer was then able to drive up behind Chaos 2 and caught it with its crushing ram, piercing Chaos 2's gas bottle in the process. Razer then dragged Chaos 2 into the reach of Dead Metal, which used its saw to slice into Chaos 2's flipper. With the flipper left unable to work from the earlier attack from Razer, Chaos 2 broke free from Dead Metal and reversed into the pit, avoiding any further damage.
Razer faced 101 in the semi-finals and started by chasing its opponent into the pincers of Dead Metal and then easily cut into its armour. Razer continued to pierce the shell of 101 and ripped off a section of its steel armour. 101 hardly left the clutches of Razer and major damage was caused to the armour of 101 throughout the battle. However, despite the massive amount of damage caused to the robot, 101 survived for the whole battle and the decision went to the judges, who went for Razer.
The Grand Final was against Behemoth, which was soon able to get underneath Razer and flip it onto its side. Behemoth then pushed it around which left Razer unable to self-right until Matilda interfered and Razer was able to break free. Behemoth again managed to flip Razer over and pushed it onto the flame pit. Razer tried to self-right, but its wing was caught on the grille of the flame pit and it was stuck on its side. Dead Metal eventually nudged Razer off the flame pit which allowed Razer to self-right and attack Behemoth. Razer gripped onto the side of Behemoth and easily crushed through the armour, causing damage. Razer continued to cause damage to Behemoth for the rest of the battle with three separate attacks. Cease was called with both robots still mobile and the judges decided, with a 2 to 1 split decision, that Razer was the first World Champion.
- "I fell in love with Razer the first time I saw it"
- — Marc Thorpe
This victory made Razer both the World Champions and International Champions.
Razer was seeded number 3 in this wars. Placing against Robochicken and Velocirippa, the three met in the centre of the arena, and Razer picked up Robochicken. It carried Robochicken over to the flame pit while Velocirippa bumped into Razer. Razer left Robochicken for Dead Metal to deal with and turned its attention to Velocirippa. It pierced with its claw taking out the front steering servos and put it over the flame jet, but Velocirippa got away, but with no steering and no reverse, Velocirippa crashed into the wall and became effectively immobilised. Robochicken qualified with Razer.
- "What a horrible torture this is! It's like watching some maniacal, horrible schoolboy pull the legs off a spider."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Razer dissected Milly-Ann Bug setting fire to the kevlar hair, breaking off its wheels and puncturing its domes in the second round. However, in the heat final, Razer ran into the arena side wall, malfunctioned and got stuck in forward drive, meaning that it couldn't get out of the way. Pussycat took advantage of this by completely decimating the back and wheels of its adversary with its destructive diamond-edged cutting disc. This onslaught continued until Dead Metal grabbed and pitted the heavily damaged Razer.
Razer also took part in the Pinball and Sumo Basho tournaments of Series 4: it did not perform particularly well in either, failing to defend its Pinball Warrior title, scoring only 95 points (abandoning the run to attack Sir Killalot) and being knocked off the Sumo podium by Shunt in less than 5 seconds.
- "And Matilda, pressurised and punctured by Razer!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
However, it did win the "Southern Annihilator" Christmas special. Razer dominated these series of battles, single-handedly defeating Vercingetorix and Behemoth. It had a brief scare in the fourth round, as it was unable to harm either Attila the Drum or Onslaught, but Attila ran into Sir Killalot, and was eliminated. After Onslaught was flipped on its side and immobilised in the final round, Razer celebrated its victory by attacking Matilda and caused horrible damage such as wrecking the chainsaw weapon, filling the back end full of holes and setting it on fire, causing it to be suspended for repairs until Series 5.
Razer had a successful Extreme, winning 7 out of 8 battles in 3 events. It competed in the All Stars where, in the first round, it met the clusterbot Gemini. From the off, Razer was able to grab one of the twins and crush it. The second twin rescued the first by flipping Razer (and the first twin) over. The process repeated, but with the twins swapping roles. Razer again attacked the second twin, and after it was released, the robots spent the rest of the match avoiding each other.
Unbeknown to the viewing audience, however, further drama occured after the fight appeared to stop. As Razer drove over the arena floor flipper, it activated, throwing Razer into the air and back into the mechanism, threatening to crush it. Razer was freed, but rendered immobile on one side. It eventually caught one of the Gemini twins again by the flipper mechanism, which fired its flipper to try and escape just as Razer was crushing down. Under extreme stress, Razer's hydraulic system ruptured, rendering it completely immobile. The fight was stopped at this point, and the judges chose to put Razer through having judged the battle up to the point the arena flipper had fired. The controversial moment was edited out of the broadcasted episode.
Razer then faced Behemoth. The two robots had fought twice before, notably in the final of the First World Championship, and also in the Southern Annihilator. They were also in the same heat in Series 2, but didn't fight each other. From the beginning, Razer crumpled Behemoth's scoop, but it fought back, pushing it into the CPZ and flipping it over. Razer was able to self right and then grabbed hold of Behemoth's scoop until the end of the round. Razer was awarded the victory by the judges.
In the Semi Final Razer faced Firestorm 3. Razer began straight away by grabbing Firestorm and piercing its flipper, making a hole in it. Then, it pierced Firestorm's body, lifting it up while performing its 'salute'. Razer made a third hole while pushing Firestorm into Matilda's CPZ. Cease was called with Firestrom having received large amounts of damage. The judges put Razer into the final, where it faced Tornado. It was the first time the robots had met. Razer got hold of Tornado almost instantly, and refused to let go of it properly in the battle at all. Razer's beak always sunk at least 2cm inside Tornado's armour. Tornado lost drive on one side as Razer cut its chain, and then on the other side as the drive pin on the motor pinion came out. There was nothing Tornado could do, as Shunt found out when the House Robot was able to pit it.
- "Razer, worthy winners of our All-Stars Final, worthy winners of Robot Wars: Extreme"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Razer attempted to take its vengeance on Pussycat after being defeated by Team Cold Fusion's machine in Series 4 due to a malfunction. Razer seemed the stronger as it pierced Pussycat's tough shell and holding it over the flame pit. After a slight tussle, Pussycat shook free and its blade hit one of Razer's front wheels. This attack jammed the wheel and impaired Razer's movement. Another attack by Pussycat on the side of the chassis immobilised Razer completely. Pussycat continued to attack Razer while it was being counted out, although not causing as much damage as in Series 4 due to Razer's improved armour. Shunt then pushed it into the pit.
Razer also entered the Second World Championship, representing the UK, the places allocated to the four semi-finalists of the All-Stars tournament. In its heat, Razer faced The Revolutionist, Diotoir and Flensburger Power. Razer's first target was The Revolutionist. It was unable to cause any damage on the first attempt, but made a massive hole on the second attempt. Diotoir had just immobilised Flensburger Power, apparently just by pushing it around the arena, and attempted to attack Razer, only for Razer to pierce the fur and armour and hold it over the flame pit. The judges were called on again, but as The Revolutionist was virtually immobilised, it was an easy decision for them, and Razer was put through.
In the second round, it faced a Grudge Match in the form of Tornado. By now all of Tornado's disc teeth were well past their best, so to give it half a chance, the team changed to the charity event weapon, the bulldozer scoop. The fight was much closer this time, and Tornado managed to push Razer about for a bit, while Razer got several nips in on the red machine. The turning point came when Tornado opened the pit and Razer's beak got stuck in Tornado's top armour. Razer held Tornado up above the pit and dropped it in.
The American walkerbot Drillzilla was Razer's opponent in the final. Straight away, Razer grabbed hold of Drillzilla's shuffling mechanism, and attempted to crush it, but to no avail. Razer then tried to grab hold of Drillzilla, but could not get through the armour. Drillzilla escaped, but Razer managed to catch it and clamped hold of Drillzilla again. Cease was called and the judges decided that Razer, being the dominant robot throughout the entire fight, were the winners.
- "And still, the undisputed Champions of the World- Razer!"
- — Craig Charles
Unbeknown to many, Razer was also due to take part in the People's Challenge event, where it would fight Hypno-Disc. However, both teams withdrew, believing it would not be worth the damage to their robots, and the event never went ahead.
Razer, now seeded fourth, faced newcomers Big Nipper in the first round. As the two machines charged towards each other, both sustained damage, with one of Big Nipper's pincers bending and one of Razer's self-righting wings snapping off. Razer then set to work piercing the armour of Big Nipper until the underdogs became immobilised.
- "Let's be honest Razer team, if you win, you've got no homes to go to, it's your decision!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Razer fights Widow's Revenge
- "We were in big trouble after that one."
- — Simon Scott, after they defeated their "other halves"
Razer once again immobilised its opponent after getting its crusher weapon into good use, before going after Sir Killalot. Razer grabbed onto one of Sir Killalot's arms, but was once again pitted. Rick had already been eliminated, so Razer reached the series semi-finals for the first time.
In its first battle in the series semi finals, Spawn Again had its flipper disabled by Razer before it was immobilised and pitted. For a place in the Grand Final, Razer defeated reinstated robot S3. The 'hammerhead shark' was unable to hit Razer with its vertical spinning disc as Razer repeatedly pierced the aluminium shell before pushing S3 towards Dead Metal who use its circular saw. Eventually S3 started smoking and the spinning disc that had been so impressive in the loser's melee stopped. Razer unanimously won the resulting judges decision to reach the Grand Final.
- "Well, what can we say, I can't believe the thing was still running after that!"
- — Darren Hayden-Ball of the Spawn Again team
In the Grand Final Eliminator, Razer faced Firestorm 3 for the second time, but it was to prove much closer this time. Razer caused damage to the Durham machine's flipper, however Firestorm spent sizeable periods of the match grappling with Razer, twice pushing the pair across the face of the pit of oblivion. Eventually cease was called, and for the second time in Robot Wars, the judges descended to inspect for damage. This was Razer's closest ever battle and was declared the winner.
- "And Razer's feel has the touch of cold steel. Slicing into Bigger Brother - a slice is nice. Twice"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Bigger Brother had taken major damage from Hypno-Disc in the other Grand Final Eliminator, but received help from several other teams to get it ready for the final against Razer. Here Razer dominated the battle even lifting up Bigger Brother into the air with its beak, while Bigger Brother did not get a single flip on Razer. The unanimous judges decision was awarded to Razer who, after two World Championship wins, was finally crowned UK Champion.
Razer began the defence of its title against Raging Reality, Brutus Maximus and W.A.S.P. Razer almost immediately concentrated on the exposed wheels and wooden construction of Brutus Maximus, crushing one of its bicycle wheels. Raging Reality flipped W.A.S.P. into Sir Killalot, who dragged it into the CPZ, before drilling a large hole in its side, immobilising it. The limping Brutus Maximus rammed into Razer, who was now trying to attack Raging Reality, doing a bit of damage to the silver machine's front end. Brutus Maximus was beginning to fall to pieces prior to Razer peeling off one of its side panels. A flip by Raging Reality made a wheel fall out of Brutus Maximus, which rolled straight into the pit. Sir Killalot closed in and put the petrol powered machine on the flame pit which preceded it being counted out and flipped out of the arena by Raging Reality. Razer attacked the defeated W.A.S.P. before cease was called.
In the second round, Razer grabbed its opponent Cyrax straight away, but did little damage. Another attack by Razer on the rear of the pyramid shaped robot crushed a hole in Cyrax's armour. Cyrax attempted to get its axe into play, but couldn't land more than glancing blows on the overwhelming favourite. Razer held Cyrax on the flame pit for a few seconds while scratching the side of the newcomers. Razer pushed Cyrax into Growler, who held onto Cyrax with its own jaw weaponary at the same time. Razer pierced Cyrax leaving another crevice in its armour then held it under Mr. Psycho's hammer. The new house robot hammered Cyrax twice, causing a small light to come off the top of the machine. Cyrax tried to use its axe again, before pushing Razer back and surprisingly managing to flip Razer over. Razer self-righted in the final 15 seconds and the fight went to a judges decision, which went to Razer.
In the Heat Final, Razer got underneath the flipper of Raging Reality and rammed it into a wall next to Matilda's CPZ, causing Raging Reality to lose drive after attacks on the front of it. Slowly, Razer pushed Raging Reality into Matilda's flywheel, ripping a gash into its side and sending a piece of armour flying out of the arena. Razer finished the heat by placing the mangled Raging Reality onto the closed pit of oblivion and pressing the pit release button.
- Craig Charles: "Then you take Raging Reality, this is so cheeky, and you put it on top of the pit, and then you go off and release it, and it just went down like a sinking ship"
- Simon Scott: "We thought it would be a new idea, we haven't done that one before."
- — Post battle
Razer's very first attack of the Series Semi Finals against 9th seeds Wild Thing 2 tore through its side panel. Razer and Wild Thing 2 then spent the majority of the battle spinning around in an embrace, while both machine's armament causing minimal damage to the other. Razer eventually punctured one of Wild Thing 2's tyres. In escaping, the Adam's family machine drove straight onto the flame pit. Razer had another attack on Wild Thing 2, this time being able to lift it off the ground with its hydraulic crusher. Razer put its opponent out of its misery by activating the pit, holding Wild Thing 2 above it, doing its signature pirouette, before dumping the 9th seed in.
Rookies Dantomkia, who had to beat Wild Thing 2 in the loser's melee was Razer's semi final second round opponent. Razer quickly grappled with Dantomkia, before it slammed Razer back into the arena wall. Razer fought back by puncturing Dantomkia a couple of times, then pushed it toward the flame pit, however Dantomkia used its flipper to free itself from the reigning champion's grip. Razer drove Dantomkia into Mr. Psycho, where a hammer blow reigned down. Bravely, just before cease was called, Dantomkia retaliated by ramming it into the other house robot, Sir Killalot. The resulting judges decision put Razer into the grand final again.
- "We came against a serious opposition, and just couldn't do anything about him"
- — John Reid of Terrorhurtz
In the Grand Final Eliminator, Razer faced Terrorhurtz, who had defeated three seeded machines to qualify. In an extremely well controlled performance, Razer immediately drove around the swinging double headed axe and began crumpling the polycarbonate armour of Terrorhurtz, while John Reid's creation cleaved thin air. Razer proceded to lift Terrorhurtz into the air, before the power of the axe made it crash back down. It took more punishment from the axe of Shunt. Razer clamped onto the side of Terrorhurtz one more time and pierced deep into its opponent before once again activating the pit and pushing Terrorhurtz in. Standing between back-to-back UK titles was Tornado, a machine Razer had defeated twice previously. For this grand final battle however, Tornado was fitted with a large metal frame with a spinning 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. The Razer team attached a small claw extension to their main weapon, hoping that it could help to lift Tornado. Tornado's changes appeared to be highly controversial, but were deemed legal as the team had made it clear alongside all its other weapons before the sixth wars had begun.
The final started with Tornado ramming Razer several times, although rather ineffectively. Tornado's lawnmower blade had stopped spinning at one point, and Razer grabbed onto the cage several times, but kept losing its grip due to the power and agility of its opponent. Razer's claw extension looked rather flimsy, unable to grab onto Tornado. Razer then got stuck behind the arena floor disc button, and Tornado began its usual method of repeated ramming. Refbot looked as if he would count out Razer, but actually intervened and freed it. Tornado continued its onslaught, pushing Razer into Dead Metal and Shunt. Tornado pushed the pit release button, but it was Razer who finally managed to get a grip on Tornado's cage who, to the delight to of the crowd, raising it into the air and almost overbalancing. The Series 5 champions drove Tornado straight towards the pit, but Tornado's wide frame prevented it from falling down. Razer held its adversary above the pit until cease was called. It took the judges 45 minutes to declare that, controversially, Tornado was the Sixth Wars champion.
Razer’s final series saw it enter two competitions, the first of these being the All Star Championship. In Round One it met Chaos 2 for the second time and previous semi finalist 13 Black. Razer started by trying to gain a grip on 13 Black, but one of 13 Black's disc caused a gash in the side of Razer. Chaos 2 tried to flip Razer, but ended up flipping both it and 13 Black, so the machines both landed on their wheels. Razer then managed to grip onto one of 13 Black's discs, but could not pierce it. Razer let go and was flipped from the side by Chaos 2, but Razer rolled through the air and managed to land on its wheels. Razer gripped onto one of 13 Black's discs again before Chaos 2 had another attempt at flipping the two of them, but failed. Razer chased after 13 Black, but was wedged underneath by Chaos 2 and one of its self-righting wings was ripped off by 13 Black. Chaos 2 could not flip Razer however and tried to push it around. Razer eventually managed to escape from the flipper of Chaos 2, who was then immobilised from severe damage caused by 13 Black. Razer pierced through the rear armour of Chaos 2, and advanced to Round 2.
There, Razer meet Spawn Again and Team Scutterbots for the second time in Robot Wars. Spawn Again drove away from Razer in the early stages, while Razer tried to gain a grip on the rear of Spawn Again, but failed. Razer eventually managed to claw onto the front of Spawn Again, but the armour had been improved after its encounter with Razer in Series 5 and Razer could only put a dent in the flipper. Spawn Again drove away and activated the Pit, before driving over it as it descended, which left Spawn Again stuck. Razer tried to push the trapped machine into the Pit, but Spawn Again fired its flipper which caused it to fall down, leaving Razer to progress through to the Heat Final of the second All Stars Heat, where it fought 13 Black again.
13 Black immediately started spinning on its axis as soon as activate was called, causing Razer to bounce off upon contact. Razer tried a second attack, but it was deflected again by the spinning 13 Black. Razer chased after 13 Black, who then hit Razer and caused it to turn away, before 13 Black drove into the Arena wall and one of its discs became stuck on the barrier. Razer exploited this by getting underneath 13 Black from the side and crushing down on it several times, while Shunt used its axe on one of the discs. Razer let go of 13 Black after a while and pressed the Pit release, before gripping 13 Black again and dumping it down the Pit.
Razer then met Firestorm for the third time in the All Stars Final. The two darted around each other first, before Firestorm drove into Razer's front and pushed it into Dead Metal. Razer was attacked by Dead Metal’s saw but escaped from the Corner Patrol Zone with only superficial damage sustained. Firestorm became stuck under an angle grinder and Razer tried to grip it, before Dead Metal managed to free the machine of Graham Bone. Firestorm then got underneath Razer and tried to flip it, but could only lift it up. Firestorm then met Razer head-on once again and pushed it into Dead Metal, but it was gripped by the claw of Razer, who then managed to pierce Firestorm several times. Firestorm began to lose mobility, before Razer pushed it into the Pit release and dumped it in to become All Stars Champion for the second time.
- "We had an offer of many thousands for it"
- — Simon Scott reveals a mystery bidder
It also entered the European Championship, qualifying as World Champions. It faced PulverizeR, the Dutch Champions. It began by chasing the spinner into the activation button for the disc of doom. It grabbed hold of the Dutch robot by Growler and, once PulverizeR got away, Razer grabbed it again. It carried PulverizeR to the pit release button and activated it, before letting the Dutch robot go. However, Razer quickly grabbed it again, but it escaped. The World Champions then chased it around the arena. However, PulverizeR then drove into the pit and Razer went through.
Razer then went on to meet Tornado again in the semi finals where Tornado used the cage again. Razer had built a new hook so it could lift Tornado by the cage. Tornado started pushing Razer around the arena but then Razer started using the new hook to lift Tornado by the cage. Razer dragged Tornado towards the pit release button where it tried to get Tornado in the pit but it couldn't fit it into the pit. During this, smoke started coming out of Razer because its motors were burning out. Razer held Tornado over the pit until time ran out.
- "During our fight with Tornado we were immobile and had held on with the claw for far, far longer than the permitted one minute and should have been disqualified or counted out. We were then shockingly given a judges' decision which was never ours, and both myself and Simon immediately wanted to hand it back to Tornado. Ian, as team captain, refused and a long discussion was needed to resolve matters"
- — Vincent Blood on the resulting judges decision
In the end, a two-to-one split decision by the team resulted in Razer forfeiting its place in the final to Tornado. This was Razer's last ever appearance.
|RAZER - RESULTS|
|The Second Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat D, Gauntlet||Completed (1st)||Qualified|
|Heat D, Trial (Football)||Scored First Goal (1st)||Qualified|
|Heat D, Semi-Final||vs. Inquisitor||Lost|
|The Third Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat C, Round 1||vs. Backstabber||Won|
|Heat C, Round 2||vs. Aggrobot||Lost|
|International League Championship|
Representing England, Champion
|Group B, Match 2||vs. Prometheus (USA)||Won by default|
|NOTE: Prometheus broke down after the first battle against Techno-Lease, so it was unable to compete against Razer and the English robot was given the win by default.|
|Group B, Match 3||vs. Techno-Lease (NED)||Won|
|Final||vs. Diotoir (IRE)||Won|
|The First World Championship|
Representing England, Champion
|Eliminator||vs. All Torque (SCO)||Won|
|Quarter Final||vs. Chaos 2 (ENG)||Won|
|Semi Final||vs. 101 (ENG)||Won|
|Final||vs. Behemoth (ENG)||Won|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
3rd Seed, Heat Final
|Heat B, Eliminator||vs. Velocirippa, Robochicken||Qualified|
|Heat B, Semi-Final||vs. Milly-Ann Bug||Won|
|Heat B, Final||vs. Pussycat (19)||Lost|
Equal Tenth (with Invertabrat)
|Round 1||vs. Vercingetorix, Attila the Drum, Onslaught|
Spawn of Scutter, Behemoth
|Round 2||vs. Attila the Drum, Onslaught, Spawn of Scutter|
|Round 3||vs. Attila the Drum, Onslaught, Behemoth||Qualified (by Default)|
|Round 4||vs. Attila the Drum, Onslaught||Qualified|
|Round 5||vs. Onslaught||Won|
|Extreme Series 1|
|The Second World Championship|
Representing UK, Champion
|Heat||vs. Diotoir (IRE), Flensburger Power (GER)|
The Revolutionist (USA)
|Semi-Final||vs. Tornado (UK)||Won|
|Final||vs. Drillzilla (USA)||Won|
|Round 1||vs. Gemini||Won|
|Quarter Final||vs. Behemoth||Won|
|Semi Final||vs. Firestorm 3||Won|
|Single Battle Events|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
4th Seed, Champion
|Heat K, Eliminator||vs. Big Nipper||Won|
|Heat K, Semi Final||vs. Widow's Revenge||Won|
|Heat K, Final||vs. Rick||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 1||vs. Spawn Again (13)||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 2||vs. S3||Won|
|Grand Final, Eliminator||vs. Firestorm 3 (7)||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Bigger Brother||Won|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
1st Seed, Runner-up
|Heat A, Round 1||vs. Brutus Maximus, Raging Reality, W.A.S.P.||Qualified|
|Heat A, Round 2||vs. Cyrax||Won|
|Heat A, Final||vs. Raging Reality||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 1||vs. Wild Thing (9)||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 2||vs. Dantomkia||Won|
|Grand Final, Eliminator||vs. Terrorhurtz||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Tornado (12)||Lost|
|Extreme Series 2|
|Heat B, Round 1||vs. Chaos 2, 13 Black||Qualified|
|Heat B, Round 2||vs. Spawn Again||Won|
|Heat B, Final||vs. 13 Black||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Firestorm 4||Won|
Representing UK as World Champion, Withdrew after Round 2
|Round 1||vs. PulverizeR (NED)||Won|
|Round 2||vs. Tornado (UK)||Won|
|NOTE: The Razer team later 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.|
Representing UK, Round 2
|Round 1||vs. Kat 3 (UK)||Won|
|Round 2||vs. Tornado (UK)||Lost|
- UK Wins: 40
- UK Losses: 5
- US Wins: 1
- US Losses: 1
- Series 1: Did not enter
- Series 2: Heat, Arena Semi-Final
- Series 3: Heat, Round 2
- Series 4: Heat Final
- Series 5: Grand Champion
- Series 6: Runner-up
- Series 7: Did not enter
- Along with Tornado, PulverizeR and the middleweight Typhoon, Razer is the only robot to have fought and defeated both a clusterbot (Gemini) and a walkerbot (Drillzilla).
- Razer was the only UK Robot Wars Grand Champion to never lose a battle against an opponent armed with a Flipping Weapon at some point in its career.
- Razer was the only Grand Champion to ever attain the runner-up position in a series. In doing so it was the only occasion where the reigning UK Grand Champion was defeated by the robot that would go on to win the series.
- Excluding Terrorhurtz, Razer was one of only two robots that didn't return for another series after reaching a Grand Final, the other being T.R.A.C.I.E..
- Razer, along with Nemesis in Series 1 and Corporal Punishment in Series 2, is one of three robots to finish the Gauntlet and Trial in first place, but then lose in the Arena Semi-Final. Robot the Bruce, Demolition Demon and All Torque were the other three to achieve this double victory.
- Razer is one of only seven robots to break 200 points in a Pinball tournament. Others to have achieved this are King B3, Killerhurtz, Roadblock, Panic Attack, Spawn of Scutter and Gemini.
- Razer was one of six robots to be a figurine for the Robot Wars Board Game.
|Position in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame|