Robot Wars set to return - remembering Ipswich champion Chaos 2

Robot Rumble Organisors of the Robot Rumble Roy and Eddie Alcock with George Francis and Chaos 2. Ph

Robot Rumble Organisors of the Robot Rumble Roy and Eddie Alcock with George Francis and Chaos 2. Photo James Fletcher - Credit: NEWS

Robot Wars is coming back to TV screens after a 12-year absence, bringing back memories of when Ipswich ruled the robot fighting world.

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Robot Wars is coming back to TV screens after a 12-year absence, bringing back memories of when Ipswich ruled the robot fighting world.

Chaos 2, created and controlled by self-employed engineer George Francis from the town, remains the only robot to have twice won the competition, having conquered all in both the third and fourth series.

It was the first robot to use a ‘flipper’ to remove its opponent from the arena altogether, which could also be used as a self-righting mechanism to continue fighting when it was flipped over onto its back.

Following the two victories, Mr Francis and his team of Ian and Richard Swann, also went on to represent the UK in international events, while Chaos 2 also had a spell on display at the Ipswich museum.


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The new series, commissioned by BBC Two, includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

The show will be recorded in a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, allowing viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.

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