Warhead was a crowd favorite in 2002 because it used
a gasoline-powered engine to rev up and control its massive
spinning dome. I remember being in the pits working on
my own super heavyweight BattleBot.
Whenever we heard the roar of a gasoline engine
being started, we’d drop our tools and run to the stands to
see which robot was making all the racket.
This time will be quieter. Warhead has replaced its gas
guzzler with a three-phase brushless motor. Brushless
motors have come to dominate the spinners in smaller
robots the past few years,
but they are still rare in the
larger weight classes.
Whether it works well
or not this time, the new
Warhead will be like a
scorpion on whisper mode.
This Show Goes
While I was
interviewing Greg Munson,
co-founder and president of
BattleBots, I asked him
what was different about
the show in 2015.
He quoted Peter
Abrahamson, “This one
goes to 11!”
According to Munson:
“But seriously, The new
BattleBots TV show will be
true to the sport of robot
combat — gone are the
schtick and silliness of the
“We’re focusing on the
excitement and drama of
the competition, the frantic
repairs in the pit, and the
journey from the Prelims to
“We think viewers will
love this format, and we
feedback when the show
airs on June 21st.”
Having been on the
show in 2001 and 2002,
and having watched the
taping of this summer’s
season, I can definitely
confirm that ABC has done
it better than ever before.
One addition is the new entry tunnel that showcases
the teams as they bring their creations into the arena. You
just know that anything that needs a doorway that grand
has got to be pretty special.
An even bigger change is that the host and
commentators were actually sitting at the BattleBox
watching the fights and describing them live.
I am certain that the intimacy of a ring-side seat will
enliven their commentary — especially when 500 pounds of
moving metal smacks into the wall 10 feet away.
54 SERVO 07.2015
An inside close-up of Warhead from Team Razer of Bournemouth, England.
An inside close-up of a BattleBot.