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Infernal Contraption first appeared on Robot Wars in 2002. Now we need your help to rebuild it bigger and scarier than ever!
Infernal Contraption first appeared on Robot Wars in 2002. Now we need your help to rebuild it bigger and scarier than ever!
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Infernal Contraption was first featured on Robot Wars in 2002, featuring our current Captain Gary Ewer. Infernal Contraption has always been a drum spinner capable of doing huge amounts of damage to its opponents. 

In its historical televised battles Infernal Contraption has been unlucky, falling foul of a few judges decisions. You can find out more about our history here 

In late 2016 Infernal Contraption was resurrected in under three weeks to compete in the new Series 1 of Robot Wars (Series 8 for the purists).

The series 8 team
The series 8 team

We were once again unlucky as the link in our weapon came loose and we ended up skidding into the pit during the melee.

Infernal Contraption Up and running for Series 8 in 2016
Infernal Contraption Up and running for Series 8 in 2016

Now we're back with plans for: 

  • New tyres (less sliding around planned) 
  • Upgraded links that can't come out!
  • 40kJ vertical spinning disk that will fling our opponents across the arena

Even with some amazing sponsors we still need your help to make it happen! Just the steel wear plate armour is going to cost us well over £1500 (including a few spares), so we need you to make the Infernal Contraption return a reality. 

Our sponsors are:

Most people aren't aware, but Robot Wars robots are almost entirely competitor funded and modern robots do not come cheap so we wanted to give all of you the opportunity to be a part of our team. Without our sponsors and without your help this project would not be possible! 

So what will your funding go towards? In no particular order:

  • Motors - Infernal Contraption has 3 separate motors, one for each wheel and one for the weapon. We have one complete system, however we'd like to have at least one spare of each.
  • Batteries - 6 batteries are required to power up Infernal Contraption.
  • Specialist materials and manufacturing - We'd love to share more but we can't give everything away....
  • Hardox wear plate - trust us this stuff is expensive! Our Hardox plate is so thick that it can only be cut by a high pressure water jet.
  • Electronics - Speed controllers, radio gear etc.
  • Bearings - Our design features lots of high speed/load bearings, we're not planning for them to end up spread across the arena floor.
  • Safety Equipment - Many teams don't test their robot until it's time to fight. We'd like to be able to test it in a safe environment. We plan to purchase a disk with no teeth so we can tune Infernal Contraption to cope with the huge gyroscopic forces the disk produces.
  • Growing our Community - We want as many people to be part of Infernal Contraption's community, join us by showing your support today.
  • Education - Help inspire robotics and engineering in schools. We'd love to travel to more trade fairs and educational events.

The more you fund the more we can do! 

We'd love to share more with you, but we cannot break our NDA with the production company! Hundreds of hours of work has created a really robust design. You're going to get truly top notch entertainment.

Stretch Goals Unlocked!

  • £1200 - Choose Our Pose - If we reach £1200 rasied we'll upload a load of possible "hero poses". All backers will get a vote on what we do....suggestions welcome! 
  • £ 2000 - IC Summer Party - Over the summer we'll host an event in Cambridge for all our backers to come and visit Infernal Contraption (and have a drive if it isnt in a bin bag!)

You can check out some other cool projects at http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that we get into the arena and something doesn't fire up as expected. The design is reasonably robust (we think?!) but anything can happen when Matilda hits you!

We should point out - Robot Wars is entirely for entertainment and there is no guarantee that Infernal Contraption will make it to television. Here are the things that could hold us back:

- Not finishing the build in time
- Not being invited to filming
- Not passing a safety inspection

We know people who have made it into the warehouse for filming and not made it to air. However, we are doing our best to mitigate all of these and if for any reason we don't make it this time round we will press on with the build anyway, making sure we're in an even stronger position when the next series comes around.

We're really looking forward to sharing Infernal Contraption with all of you and we couldn't do it without your support!

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    Blue Print Poster

    We'll send you an A3 Infernal Contraption blue print poster with some cool facts about the new design and the history of Infernal Contraption. We'll also engrave your name on Infernal Contraption, send you a thank you post card and add you to the super secret Facebook Group!

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    Your Face on Infernal Contraption

    For just £50 we'll engrave your face onto Infernal Contraption! If its your life long dream to have your face shredded on national television this could be the one for you!

    We'll also send you an A3 poster, a thank you post card and add you to the super secret Facebook Group!

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    Small Robot Component

    We'll send you part of Infernal Contraption to keep post fight. This could be:

    - Some fixings
    - One of the many bearings
    - Drive Belt

    When you back us, let us know what you'd like. First come first served!

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    Large Robot Component

    We'll send you a large component of Infernal Contraption to keep post fight. This could be:

    - Pulley
    - Piece of Armour

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    Own a disk!

    Ever wanted your own 18kg 400mm deadly spinning disk? At this pledge level we'll ship one of the disks over to you, battle damage may or may not be included!

    We'll also send you an A3 poster, engrave your name on Infernal Contraption, send you a thank you post card and add you to the super secret Facebook Group!

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    The Ultimate Infernal Expereince

    For the ultimate Infernal Contraption experience we'll come and visit you in the UK, post competition, with Infernal Contraption. We'll talk you through the engineering behind the robot and let you take it for spin. On top of that we'll throw in a disk for you to keep!

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