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"This means war"
— Message on the back of V.I.P.E.R. 01

V.I.P.E.R. 01 (standing for Virtually Indestructible Perfectly Engineered Robot and also spelt as Viper 01) was a competitor robot that fought in Series 5 of Robot Wars. It lost its only battle against Splinter in the first round of its heat.

Liverdyne Robotics also competed in middleweight Robot Wars events with Hard Cheese, which won the Series 2 Middleweight Championship.

DesignEdit

V.I.P.E.R. 01 was an invertible box wedge-shaped robot armed with a 3kg stainless steel cutting disc spinning at 4000rpm. It was painted dark green and intended to feature a top speed of 15mph, although the team had to turn the current limiter down in its batteries before fighting as it ran out of power during the Series 5 qualifiers. While this modification improved V.I.P.E.R. 01's battery life considerably, it drastically reduced the robot's top speed, which was instrumental in V.I.P.E.R. 01's downfall during its only battle.

QualificationEdit

V.I.P.E.R. 01 was originally built to enter Series 3 under the name, The Big Cheese (not to be confused with Roger Plant's machine from the same series) but was not finished in time. It was originally planned to be armed with a pickaxe, similar to the spiked hammer used by the Series 3 version of Hard Cheese, with the team mascot 'Verminator' impaled on the axe head.

V.I.P.E.R. 01 attended the Series 4 qualifiers, but had to withdraw after burning out all its FETs during testing. The team fought Hard Cheese in V.I.P.E.R. 01's place, with Hard Cheese beating More Panda Monium before losing to Ming 2 after getting flipped over by Ming 2's flipper. Ultimately, neither V.I.P.E.R. 01 or Hard Cheese qualified for Series 4.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 5Edit

Vipersplinter

V.I.P.E.R.01 attacked from all sides as time runs out

"They say they can get up to 15mph, V.I.P.E.R. 01, I'm not too sure whether they can get up to one mile an hour..."
Jonathan Pearce observes V.I.P.E.R 01's sluggishness as Splinter attacks it

V.I.P.E.R. 01 participated in Heat I of Series 5, facing the seventeenth seed Splinter in the first round. It started sluggishly as a result of its battery modifications, trying to back away from Splinter but getting caught by the latter's claws and sustaining blows from its axe. Splinter pushed V.I.P.E.R. 01 into Shunt, who axed it and pushed both machines out of his CPZ, before axing it a few more times and reversing away. It rammed V.I.P.E.R. 01 and pushed it into Shunt again, with V.I.P.E.R. 01 showing very little mobility.

"Well, they're from Aintree, and, they're falling at the first fence here, V.I.P.E.R. 01, I'm afraid to say."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt pushed V.I.P.E.R. 01 away from Splinter, again axing its top armour, as Splinter pressed the pit release button before pushing V.I.P.E.R. 01 into the CPZ a third time. There, it sustained more damage from Shunt as he and Dead Metal positioned it over the Flame Pit, with Splinter coming in to attack V.I.P.E.R. 01 again as the battle drew to a close. Despite lasting to the end, the judges' decision inevitably went against V.I.P.E.R. 01, eliminating it from the Fifth Wars.

ResultsEdit

V.I.P.E.R. 01 - RESULTS
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat I, Eliminator vs. Splinter (17) Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

  • The Big Cheese before being renamed V.I.P.E.R. 01 and painted green
  • V.I.P.E.R. 01 (previously The Big Cheese) before the disc was fitted
  • V.I.P.E.R.01 and Hard Cheese on display in 2002
  • V.I.P.E.R 01 cad
Main Series V.I.P.E.R. 01 Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Middleweight Championship with Hard Cheese
The Third Wars Middleweight Melee with Hard Cheese
The Fourth Wars Withdrew from qualifiers
Failed to qualify with Hard Cheese
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Hard Cheese
Series 2 Did not enter

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