- "Shaped like a dinosaur head, always self-rights, armour-plateed spikes for ramming, spinning disc for cutting, but will this dinosaur become extinct in the Robot Wars age?"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Velocirippa in its Extreme 1 Mayhem
Velocirippa was a competitor robot throughout four series of Robot Wars, competing in a side competition in Series 3 and the main competitions of Series 4, 5 and 7. It also entered in both series of Robot Wars Extreme.
Despite its long time competing, Velocirippa never won a combat battle in five attempts and only progressed through the first round of Robotic Soccer in Series 3. Velocirippa had also failed to qualify for the main competition in Series 3. However, the robot made from the original Velocirippa, Mighty Mouse, was much more successful as it even reached the Heat Final in the Seventh Wars.
- "Very quick, basically a battering ram with front and rear spike bumpers. Cost £125 to build this."
- — Jonathan Pearce in Series 3
Velocirippa was based on a dinosaur's head, and its weapons varied. In Series 3 and 4, it had static 8mm armour-plated spikes as its weapons acting as battering rams and was armoured in steel plate. It was unique in that it only ran on one motor (from the window winder of a Ford Mondeo), unlike two which most other robots used, allowing for power steering on the front. The main reason behind this was that the servos were not powerful enough to move the wheels on the front. It could get up to 20mph.
- "Rebuilt and jazzed up for series 4, this is probably my favourite machine. It still used starter motors, but the front blade was not as vicous (sic) as I would have liked."
- — Team Mouse website
In Series 5, this was changed to a cutting disc at the front with added teeth and, strangely, a mauling chain was mentioned which would later be used on Mighty Mouse. Its unique body shape allowed it to automatically fall back onto its wheels if it were to be flipped sideways, but this failed to work during the Series 3 Robotic Soccer final.
- "In RW Extreme the machine was trashed (as on the Home page). The lid was ripped off so I kept the running chassis to experiment on different configurations of steering and speed control, before transferring to the new machine I was planning to build. By coincidence Mentorn were looking for robots to appear in Technogames, series 3. A lid was hurriedly built and Mighty Mouse was born. It has since appeared on RW series 6 and won a medal at Technogames series 4"
- — Team Mouse website
The new Velocirippa was a bulkier model with ramming spikes, and later a lifting scoop for when it was entered in Series 7 but again with rear wheel drive and front wheel steering, making it fast with a thick aluminium inner box construction but vulnerable fibreglass armour.
- "The new machine has a 1/2" thick box construction housing the motors, batteries and steering. This is extremely tough but looks very boring, so a lightweight lid was needed. ... I expected it to get totally trashed but has appeared in the Tag Team Terror (with Mighty Mouse) and the football in Technogames series4. Although it has a few holes it is remarkably intact."
- — Team Mouse website
Velocirripa originally entered Series 3. At the Auditions, Velocirippa's shell was completed, but the internals were hastily put together. Ultimately, it was not selected for the main competition, but it was originally chosen for the Pinball Competition.
Velocirippa managed to qualify for the main competition in Series 4, defeating Charybdis in its qualifier battle.
The updated version of Velocirippa qualified for the main competition in Series 6 alongside Mighty Mouse, but had to be withdrawn as the team could only enter one robot, and chose to enter Mighty Mouse instead.
Both Velocirippa and Mighty Mouse qualified for Series 7 as well, and this time Velocirippa was chosen to compete over Mighty Mouse - however, Mighty Mouse later successfully qualified as a reserve.
- "Velocirippa, a small midfield dynamo, powered by electricity, weighing in at seventy-five kilos, to take on Demolition Demon 2 and also Dead Metal in goal."
- — Jonathan Pearce before the match
Velocirippa was not selected for the main competition of the Third Wars, but was chosen to compete in the Pinball Competition. However, a behind-the-scenes incident caused filming to be delayed, preventing Velocirripa from competing in that side event. Nonetheless, crew member Mary-Jane Burkett successfully negotiated a place for the robot in the Robotic Soccer Tournament.
- "We turned up for the Pinball tournament only to be told that we had been cancelled as filming had been delayed. As you can imagine I was none too pleased and kicked up a fuss, Mary-Jane took pity on me and negotiated a place in the soccer tournament to be filmed that day."
- — Original Velocirripa website
Velocirippa started quickly in the qualifying match, where it was placed up against Series 2 heat finalists Demolition Demon 2. In the match, Velocirippa used its superior speed and power to take control of the ball before Demolition Demon 2 could get anywhere near it. Matilda blocked the ball, and cleared it to the side of the arena. Matilda then span the ball back into the centre of the arena. This defensive blunder soon left Velocirippa able to charge in and score the goal straight away to qualify for the final later in the series, with Velocirippa driving into the goal itself. The goal came at a crucial time, as Velocirippa's relays nearly burned out.
- "Look at Velocirippa, great pace, puts the goalkeeper Dead Metal the wrong way, super goal, we never even saw Demolition Demon, really! Bigger, taller, heavier, but it's David against Goliath, and David goes through in the shape of Velocirippa!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Velocirippa scores
This would also turn out to be Velocirippa's only ever victory on the televised show.
However, the final did not go as smoothly for Velocirippa. Here, it was placed up against Semi-Finalists Evil Weevil and fellow new robots The General and Gnasher. Velocirippa began the match by zooming around trying to get the ball (unsuccessfully) before the relays burned out twenty seconds in. Soon afterwards, Velocirippa was turned over onto its side by Sgt. Bash. Velocirippa was eventually turned back over onto its wheels by another knock from Sergeant Bash, shortly before the time ran out, and although it started to move again, it could not get near the ball, but did survive to a judges' decision. However, the judges went in favour of Evil Weevil.
- "It may be the smallest in this heat, but size doesn't matter if you've got skill. Good driving technique in the Soccer last time around, and just watch for this sort of burst of pace in the main event this time!"
- — Jonathan Pearce reviewing Velocirippa's last appearance
Velocirippa returned after being rebuilt for the Fourth Wars. It was placed in Heat B. In the first round of the heat, it was placed up against newcomers Robochicken and the third seed, reigning world and international champion Razer.
- Julia Reed: "Now, this robot, apparently, uses technology of the future, technology of cars, because if it's rolled, it will always roll onto its wheels. Good luck to you guys. Stiff competition here today though"
- Anthony Hillier: "Yes there is, but Razer you know, can you tell him, it might be their final conflict!"
- — Pre-first round interview
In the battle, all three competitors charged at each other in the centre and, following some initial attacks, Razer's claw pierced the front of Velocirippa and damaged the steering servo, leaving Velocirippa with limited control and relying on outside factors to change direction. Razer then managed to pick up Robochicken and carry it over to Dead Metal. Velocirippa bumped into the back of Razer which immediately turned the World Champion's attention back to Velocirippa, proceeding to pierce the top part of the shell and hold it over the flame pit. The flames ended up frying the electrics, further compromising Velocirippa's control.
- "Velocirippa here has got away almost scot-free! Danced around the arena, kept out of trouble, until now! And a puncture mark to remind Velocirippa - a battle with the Razer! And now on the flame pit, oh goodness me!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Velocirippa managed to get away but crashed into the arena side wall, finally knocking it out as it was left unable to move out of this position due to the broken steering. Velocirippa was deemed immobilised, meaning Sir Killalot could move in for the kill as it effortlessly hoisted Velocirippa and dumped it down into the pit of oblivion, subsequently eliminating Velocirippa from the competition.
- "That one, the little [hole caused by Razer], went straight through the steering, and that was it. All I got was forwards and backwards. I tried to bounce off the walls to get some steering, but that was the lot. I set a target this year of getting on the show, and I'm a bit gutted but I've enjoyed it all the same"
- — Trevor Wright after the battle
Velocirippa's only appearance in the first series of Extreme was when it participated in the final Mayhem qualifier battle of the Extreme series, for a right to fight in the second annihilator of the series, in the next episode. It was actually brought in as a reserve robot, after one of the intended competitors was forced to withdraw. Velocirippa was put up against Comengetorix and Disc-O-Inferno in the mayhem battle, the latter being another reserve robot for the tournament. However, prior to the battle, the Velocirippa and Comengetorix teams decided that they would team up against Disc-O-Inferno.
However, in the battle, Velocirippa rammed Comengetorix and Disc-O-Inferno a few times, which didn't appear to affect either opponent. Velocirippa then ran away while Disc-O-Inferno then attacked and immobilised Comengetorix with its disc weapon. Velocirippa was then struck by Disc-O-Inferno, whose disc tore one of its panels clean off.
- "Comengetorix have gone. One down, two remain. Disc-O Inferno and Velocirippa ... OH! Ripped Apart! In goes Bash to destroy what's left of Comengetorix. OH! Well, they don't want to win, Disc-O-Inferno! They say they don't want to be here! Look at that! The innards are ripped away of Velocirippa! Counted down and counted out to prevent any further punishment, and Disc-O Inferno is the winner!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Velocirippa is demolished
Velocirippa did not survive this assault, so it was counted out by Refbot. Disc-O-Inferno gave it one last blow and tore out some of its internals. The house robots came in and then placed Velocirippa onto the arena floor flipper, where it was flung high into the air, and its self-righting body rolled it back onto its wheels, as it had been designed to do, and hit the pit release button.
- "What's left of Velocirippa is about to meet its doom. One eye, a few teeth left, nuts and bolts have come off everywhere there."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Velocirippa is flipped by the floor flipper before hitting the pit release button
Velocirippa was out of the running, and did not qualify for the Annihilator. Due to the damage caused to it, this model of Velocirippa was subsequently retired, and later transformed to create the more successful Mighty Mouse.
Velocirippa's Series 5 heat was filmed before its confrontation with Disc-O-Inferno in Extreme Series 1, this explaining how it was able to fight.
- "Twenty-eight years of engineering experience has gone into this."
- — Jonathan Pearce
In the heats of the Fifth Wars, Velocirippa was placed up against newcomers The Alien. In the battle, Velocirippa tried to ram The Alien, but The Alien then wedged underneath it, negating its attack. Velocirippa tried again to slice into The Alien but whilst turning around it slammed into Refbot. The Alien wedged underneath Velocirippa again but then it turned and smacked Velocirippa with its hammer. Velocirippa had then stopped moving, so Refbot counted it out. Shunt then pushed Velocirippa into the pit of oblivion, eliminating it from the competition.
In Extreme Series 2, the new Velocirippa machine fought its Robot Wars debut with a Tag Team Terror partnership with its brother robot, Mighty Mouse, built from the older version of Velocirippa, and were placed up against Barbaric Response and Hydra in the first round.
- "Two machines here for the family Wright, will it be their night? ... Mind you, it could go all wrong"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Velocirippa and Mighty Mouse enter the arena
The battle started with Velocirippa fighting Hydra, warding off the shoves and flip attempts from Hydra but then suddenly breaking down. Hydra then nudged Velocirippa onto the flame pit before Refbot counted it out and eliminated it, leaving Mighty Mouse to fight the cause alone. Mighty Mouse tried to push Velocirippa off the flame pit but only managed to damage its own internals. Mighty Mouse was also immobilised soon after and then pitted by Hydra. The pair lost the fight and were eliminated from the competition subsequently.
- "Well, it was hardly a close squeak, was it?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Mighty Mouse is pitted
- Jayne Middlemiss: "I'm sure I've seen you two before..."
- Trevor Wright: "Yeah, last week!"
- — Pre-first round interview
The new Velocirippa was repaired for the Seventh Wars, where it fought in the main competition, alongside Mighty Mouse. Velocirippa was now armed with a small lifting scoop at the front, replacing the front and rear spikes. Velocirippa participated in Heat K of the Seventh Wars. In the first round of the heat, it was placed up against Belgian entrants Hard, the lone thwackbot in the series T-Wrecks and fellow Robot Wars veterans Kat 3. This battle was considered as one of the best battles of the Seventh Wars by Jonathan Pearce. In the battle, Velocirippa charged over Hard, before shunting it and T-Wrecks into the arena side wall. Velocirippa then charged up Kat 3's wedge, almost landing on its side. Velocirippa ran up Kat 3 again, with the orange machine missing another axe blow and getting its axe stuck in the corner of the arena floor flipper.
Velocirippa then attacked Hard, who flipped it up, with Velocirippa remaining on the flipper. Hard then charged into the arena side wall, flipping again, but failing to get Velocirippa out of the arena. Velocirippa broke away and fled, ramming the Refbot in the process, resulting in the Refbot showing Velocirippa a yellow card. Velocirippa rammed over Hard, only to have Kat 3's axe crash down on it, pinning it. More pushing and shoving ensued, and Velocirippa broke away from the main battle and activated the pit release button. Velocirippa appeared to have run itself down eventually, and got slower and slower as the battle wore on. Despite this however, Velocirippa was still able to line up the equally sluggish T-Wrecks onto Hard's wedge shape, allowing the latter to pit T-Wrecks, eliminating it.
- "Is Velocirippa moving? Just."
- — Jonathan Pearce notices Velocirippa slowing
Velocirippa then slowly retreated into the centre of the arena, but then Hard slid beneath it, carried it over to the pit, and pitted it as well. Cease was called, and once again, Velocirippa was eliminated from the competition, once again in the first round.
|VELOCIRIPPA - RESULTS|
|Qualifier||vs. Demolition Demon 2||Won|
|Final||vs. Evil Weevil, Gnasher, The General||Lost|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat B, Eliminator||vs. Razer (3), Robochicken||Eliminated|
|Extreme Series 1|
|Mayhem & Annihilator|
|Mayhem||vs. Comengetorix, Disc-O-Inferno||Lost|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat E, Eliminator||vs. The Alien||Lost|
|Extreme Series 2|
|Tag Team Terror|
Competing with Mighty Mouse, Round 1
|Round 1||vs. Barbaric Response & Hydra||Lost|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat K, Round 1||vs. Hard, Kat 3, T-Wrecks||Eliminated|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 5
Note: Robotic Soccer battles do not count for the win/loss ratio.
|Main Series||Velocirippa Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Robotic Soccer Final|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Sixth Wars|| Withdrew|
Entered with Mighty Mouse
|The Seventh Wars|| Heat, Round 1|
Entered with Mighty Mouse
|Series 8||Entered with Ironside3|
|Series 9||Entered with Ironside3|
|Series 10||Not selected with unspecified robot|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 2|| Entered|
Entered with Mighty Mouse
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Velocirippa competed at Techno Games 2003 in the Football competition. It partnered with Sugar Plum Fairy to form the team 'The Nut Gnashers'.
Velocirippa was much more successful at live events after Robot Wars ended. Most notably, it won a Tag Team Terror competition alongside Merlin in 2006. At the UK Championship in 2006, Velocirippa, with its front weapon turned into a much stronger flipper, performed well against Knightmare, but was eventually thrown out of the arena. It then defeated Hard in a rematch from the TV series, but was eventually stranded on the wall by Terrorhurtz, eliminating it.
Velocirippa was later retired and was stripped of its innards to make the team's current live competitor Meggamouse. Its body shell remains with the team but was badly damaged in its final battle.
- Its name is a pun on Velociraptor, a dinosaur of the Dromaeosaur family.
- Velocirippa was the only robot in Robotic Soccer to return for more than one successive war.
- Velocirippa has the worst win-to-loss ratio in Robot Wars' original run, with five televised combat losses to zero wins.
- The current record holder is Terror Turtle with seven losses, although if the occasion where it earned three points following a forfeit from its opponents in Robot Wars: World Series is considered a win, Velocirippa becomes the overall record-holder.
- The second version of Joker also achieved the same record of no wins and five losses, but the loanerbot Joker earned a win on its behalf during US Season 1.
- When the team created Meggamouse, they took the chassis, wheels and the insides of Velocirippa and incorporated them into the new machine, continuing the trend of Team Mouse converting Velocirippa into a mouse based bot.