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Straddle 2 is a British featherweight robot which competed in the 2018 King of Bots UK International Championships. Entered by Bedfordshire-based Team Monsoon (also known as Team Tauron), it reached the Top 20 of the main competition after winning all three of its qualification rounds, notably tearing Neon open and achieving double knockouts against Cobalt and Tempest, which both resulted in Straddle 2 winning via a Judges’ decision. In the Knockout Round, Straddle 2 lost to fellow vertical spinner Get Shrekt after having one of its wheels shredded and getting thrown onto the side rails, relegating it to one of the Losers’ Melees. Straddle 2 lost the Melee to Orpheus after getting immobilized on one side, leading to its elimination from the 2018 UK International Championships.

In addition to the main competition, Straddle 2 fought in a Tag Team battle – paired with Vega – and the ‘Battle of the Shuntposters’ whiteboard battle, both of which it lost.

DesignEdit

Straddle 2 battleboard

Profile image of Straddle 2

Straddle2 arena rear

Rear view of Straddle 2, showing the rear stabilisers and shorter bar spinner

Straddle 2 is a large, two-wheeled axlebot with a full brushless drive system[1] and a set of interchangeable asymmetrical vertical bar spinners of differing lengths.[2] The spinners, mounted in the center of the robot’s chassis, are modelled on the weapon used by the team’s BattleBots competitor Monsoon, and enabled Straddle 2 to cause severe damage to opponents whenever it drove directly over them. Straddle 2’s wheels and rear stabilisers were designed to flex whenever the robot was knocked onto its sides, although the spoked design of the wheels themselves often lead to them getting damaged easily by other high-powered spinners.

ResultsEdit

STRADDLE 2 - RESULTS
King of Bots UK 2018 (Insomnia 63)
Main Championship
Knockout Round
Rumble vs. Neon, X-303 Won via knockout (4 points)
Rumble vs. Cobalt, Wipeout Won via Judges’ decision (3 points)
Rumble vs. Tempest, Strix Won via Judges’ decision (3 points)
Knockout vs. Get Shrekt Lost
Losers’ Melee vs. Orpheus, Take Cover, Forge Master Lost
Tag Team
Partnered with Vega
Tag Team vs. Aegis & Aegis Mk II, Saber-X & Get Shrekt Lost
Whiteboard Battles
Battle of the Shuntposters vs. Spank the Monkey, Nelly the Ellybot Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 4

Outside King of BotsEdit

Monsoon - Team

Tom Brewster with his BattleBots 2019 entry Monsoon

For more information on Tom Brewster's excursions aside from Straddle 2, see the Tauron article of the Robot Wars Wiki.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.facebook.com/MonsoonBattlebot/posts/664555097257125
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/battlebots/comments/9ahsoj/straddle_2s_adventures_at_kob_day_3/e4vhxa6/

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