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Aftershock is a robot which competed in Series 9-10 of Robot Wars, coming 4th overall in the 9th Series. It was built by Team Shock, as the successor to Series 8 Grand Finalist Shockwave.

DesignEdit

Aftershock’s design is much like the team's well-known featherweight Inertia XL. The team's beetleweight Inertia B2 served as a close replica of the design of Aftershock and greatly influenced the design. Aftershock has two interchangeable weapons, one of which is a 24kg, 500mm diameter, blue vertical spinning disc, exerting huge energy into its single tooth upon impact. The disc spins at 2,400rpm and can reach full speed in under 2 seconds. A 14kg vertical bar spinner is also available.

The front of the robot uses a low-profile wedge with two teeth to lead opponents into its disc. Aftershock features no separate self-righting mechanism, instead relying purely on the power of the disc to turn the robot over. However, the robot’s top is less protected, with only 12mm of polycarbonate, and an exposed drive belt and wheels.

Robot HistoryEdit

Aftershock

Aftershock competed in Episode 1, fighting Sabretooth, TMHWK and Crank-E in its Group Battle. It immediately drove into Crank-E, flipping it over as TMHWK pushed Crank-E it into its disc. Aftershock flipped Crank-E over several times towards Shunt, causing sparks to fly and ripping Crank-E's top panel and left-hand wheelguard loose as it became immobilised. With its disc losing functionality due to an overheated LEM, Aftershock pressed the Arena Tyre and activated the pit, smoke pouring from underneath it as it pushed Crank-E onto the arena spikes. Needless to say, it qualified for the Head-to-Head stage along with Sabretooth.

Team Shock discovered in the pits afterwards that part of Aftershock's wiring had burnt out, which caused the disc to stop working. However, they were able to replace the damaged wiring in time for its first Head-to-Head battle against Rapid. There, both robots charged into each other straight away, with Rapid pushing Aftershock into the wall and flipping it over. Aftershock landed on its disc, violently recoiling into the wall and landing back upright, before hitting Rapid's open flipper and chasing it a short distance across the arena. Another head-on slam ensued, before Aftershock hit Rapid from the side and sent it spinning into Sir Killalot, only to drive into him itself. Both robots escaped, with Aftershock throwing Rapid onto its back and driving underneath it as it attempted to self-right. As it became apparent that Rapid's flipper had malfunctioned, Aftershock drove away and spun round in victory before Rapid was counted out.

Aftershock scored three points following this knock-out victory, which put it joint-first on the leaderboard with its next opponent, Sabretooth. However, its disc had stopped moving freely after striking the arena floor in its previous battle, due to the casing for the weapon motor pulling apart on impact. This resulted in Team Shock needing to replace Aftershock's weapon motor and carry out repairs to the robot's chassis before its next Head-to-Head. Aftershock approached Sabretooth and ripped several of its armour panels off before pushing it onto the Floor Flipper. It briefly got caught underneath the Floor Flipper as Sabretooth was turned over, before repeatedly hitting, flipping and tearing parts off Sabretooth again. Aftershock chased Sabretooth around the arena as it pressed the Arena Tyre, before hitting it several more times, immobilising it near the Floor Flipper. Much to the shock and dismay of Esme Stroud, Aftershock flipped Sabretooth twice more into a CPZ, ripping one of its wheels and motors out, before spinning around in victory as 'cease' was called. As a result, it scored three more points and overtook Sabretooth in the league table standings with six points.

In its last Head-to-Head, Aftershock faced experienced Robot Wars veteran – and original series Grand Finalist - Terrorhurtz. Before the battle, Team Shock fitted extra layers of shock-mounted polycarbonate to Aftershock's armour, in order to offer it extra protection against Terrorhurtz's axe blows. At the start, Aftershock avoided Terrorhurtz's initial charge before clipping its front and rear with the disc, sending sparks and shards of polycarbonate flying as it pushed Terrorhurtz into Shunt's CPZ. Terrorhurtz spun round, only for Aftershock to hit its wedge again, recoiling and sending another shower of sparks flying. Aftershock was pinned against the wall by Shunt and Terrorhurtz as a result, with Aftershock's disc hitting Shunt's scoop before it escaped and pushed Terrorhurtz back into the wall. The two competitors drove away from the wall, with Aftershock hitting Terrorhurtz a few more times as it pushed it towards the Floor Flipper. As the flipper lifted Terrorhurtz, Aftershock catapulted it across the arena, with Terrorhurtz landing upright and with its axe seemingly stuck in the fired position. Aftershock chased Terrorhurtz across the arena, but was flipped by an arena spike, only for its disc to immediately kick it back onto its wheels and allow it to continue chasing. The two robots met each other once again, with Aftershock spinning round in an attempt to strike Terrorhurtz once more. Sparks flew as Aftershock hit Terrorhurtz's front again, while Terrorhurtz responded by striking the axle for Aftershock's disc. Aftershock hit Terrorhurtz several more times in spite of this, the last few hits immobilising and throwing Terrorhurtz onto its back. With Terrorhurtz failing to self-right, Aftershock again performed a victory spin, and scored three more points for its third consecutive knock-out. As a result, it finished top of the Head-to-Head leaderboard with nine points, and secured its place in the Heat Final.

There, Aftershock faced Sabretooth for the second time, with both robots fighting for a place in the Grand Final. It was initially pushed around from the side by Sabretooth, before throwing Sabretooth across the arena as it hit the latter's side. Aftershock chased after and bumped into Sabretooth as it lay near the Arena Tyre, and clipped behind its wheel as Sir Killalot grabbed, lifted and held Sabretooth over the Flame Pit. Eventually, Sir Killalot lowered Sabretooth, allowing Aftershock to come in and hit Sabretooth again, tearing one of its back panels off, before leaving Sabretooth to be grabbed and spun round by Sir Killalot. Despite Ian Thomas advising Will to spin its disc down, Aftershock attacked Sabretooth one last time as it tried to drive off the Flame Pit, the hits immobilising Sabretooth for good as it was being counted out. This performance enabled Aftershock to secure its place in the Grand Final.

Results Edit

Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
UK Robot Wars Series 9 Episode 1 Group

Battle

Crank-E

Sabretooth

TMHWK

Qualified
Head

to

Heads

Rapid Won by KO

(3 Points)

Sabretooth Won by KO

(3 Points)

Terrorhurtz Won by KO

(3 Points)

Final Sabretooth Won
Grand

Final

Group

Battle

Apollo

Eruption

Qualified
Head

to

Heads

Carbide Lost by KO
Ironside 3 Lost by KO
Eruption Lost by KO
UK Robot Wars Series 10 Episode 2 Group

Battle

Crackers & Smash

Eruption

Lost
Redemption

Battle

Gabriel 2 Won
Semi-Final Carbide Lost
3rd Place Big Nipper Lost
Extreme Robots Colchester 2018 Round 1 Ripper Lost
Round 2 Suspension Won
Semi-Final ST-Ripper Lost
Play-Off Cyclone 360 Won
Extreme Robots Maidstone 2018 Round 1 Cyclone 360 Won
Round 2 Brutus Won
Final ST-Ripper Lost
Extreme Robots Championships 2018 Cheltenham Round 1 TR3 Won
Quarter-Final Ripper Won
Semi-Final 2PointO Won
Grand-Final Gabriel Won

Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 7
  • Losses: 6
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