Improved? Judge for Youself!
Mk.1 to Mk.2 Upgrades:
- Armour upgraded from 6mm polycarbonate to 4mm hardened steel (Hardox) and 10mm HDPE
- Weapon speed increased from 220mph to 250mph
- Weapon bar weight increased from 13kg to 18kg
- Lifespan was upgraded from 8 seconds to 360 seconds (an increase of 3800%!)
The safety guys obviously thought Tauron was much improved - along with Apex and Triforce, Tauron’s tests were performed in the main arena, instead of the test box (as they’re too scary!) Have a look at the video below; the first spin up was a failsafe test, the second was a spin down timer test.
Tauron v Iron Awe 6 v The Kegs
This fight was pretty destructive! We managed to take the weapon bar off each of The Kegs (knocking a metal bar off the presenters' arena booth in the process), send one of The Kegs into a barrel roll, and get some great hits on Iron Awe, causing them quite a bit of damage.
This would be the very first time that we had ever spun Tauron’s weapon and really tried to drive the robot at the same time. After the first charge at Iron Awe, we quickly found that whilst fighting the gyroscopic forces was hard enough, Tauron’s weight distribution was not great - as a result, turning the robot whilst the bar was running at full speed proved to be very difficult. Hence why Tauron was a lot more mobile before the bar was up to speed. The weapon certainly proved to be potent though, which is something I’m certainly very pleased about - but this also proved to be our downfall. By the end of the fight, you may have noticed all the debris that we had scattered across the arena. When Sir Killalot unstuck us from Iron Awe, we were put down on a piece of debris, which immobilised us. Eventually I did manage to wiggle the robot free (there’s even a clip of me reversing away in a later shot) - but by then I had given up trying to free the robot and cease had been called. The lesson here is never stop trying to move!!