Not to be confused with King of Bots II competitor Flaming Wheel

火焰轮 (translated as Hot Wheel, Flaming Wheel, Flame Wheel or Flames Hot Wheels) was a robot from Chongqing, China, which fought in the first season of King of Bots. In its only appearance, it lost its first-round battle to Japanese entry Ninja General on a Judges’ decision, after sustaining damage from the arena hazards.


Hot Wheel

Side view of Hot Wheel

Flame Fire Wheel

Hot Wheel with its team

Hot Wheel was a grey, square frustrum-shaped robot with a cylindrically-shaped turret on top. The turret and served as the mount for the robot’s primary weapons – three circular cutting discs mounted on movable arms on the robot’s front and sides. The front arm was capable of being lowered and raised via a cable mechanism, allowing Hot Wheel’s front disc to attack opponents of different heights. Hot Wheel also featured an LED board on its turret which displayed scrolling messages in Chinese scripture, as well as four metal prongs on its front edge to help get underneath opponents easier and prevent them from driving away.

Robot HistoryEdit

King of Bots (Season 1)Edit

Hot Wheel competed in Episode 2, where it fought the Japanese clusterbot Ninja General in the first round.

Hotwheel grinder

Hot Wheel loses one of its discs to the Grinder

Hotwheel vs ninja general

Sparks fly as the circular saws make contact with Hot Wheel's side

In the opening seconds, it slowly advanced towards the blue part of Ninja General and rammed into the red part, but soon backed itself into one of the grinders. As Hot Wheel turned round, the grinder tore off its left disc, which continued spinning on its axle. After this, it lingered near the circular saws, its right disc making contact with one of the saws as they rose out of the floor. Hot Wheel sustained a rear-on ram from the red part of Ninja General as well as damage to its right-hand side from the circular saws; seconds later, it pushed the blue part of Ninja General into the wall spikes before grinding away at the latter’s spinning weapon.

Hotwheel vs ninja general 2

Hot Wheel uses its arm to slice into the blue part of Ninja General

The two robots separated, with Hot Wheel bumping into the wall and reversing just as a nearby hammer swung down. It collected and pushed the red part of Ninja General back in the process, although not without briefly catching fire as it accidentally drove over the flame jets. Hot Wheel’s saw lowered, sparks flying as it damaged the robot’s own left-most prong. It continued to sustain pressure from Ninja General and pushed the blue part back again in the closing seconds, with the battle going to a close Judges’ decision. The decision went against Hot Wheel, eliminating it from the competition.


King of Bots (Season 1)
Main Championship
First Round
Round 1 vs. Ninja General Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Hot Wheel Series Record
Season 1 Round 1
(0-1 record)
Season 1.5 Did not enter
Season 2 Did not enter


  • Hot Wheels is the name of a popular brand of toy cars, but it is unlikely that this inspired the robot's name, as it lacks an official English name.

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