Time to throw my ideas into the ring. Please don’t see this as me trying to step on anyone’s toes or ideas.
In my viewing experience, some of the most successful Bots didn’t have or use any fancy weapons to beat the others, they used brute strength to man-handle the other contestants into those fiery pits or ram them up against the wall.
The design I’m thinking of is very similar, using a battering ram and high torque motors to bash the opponent into submission!
Taking into account the Australian Rules of Battlebots, specifically the one not guaranteeing a perfectly flat arena, my idea is too use tank treads to power the machine, in a dual configuration ala The Mammoth Tank of Command & Conquer fame to lower the resistance and power draw from the batteries. It also takes from Alex’s idea of having the drive wheels above and below the chassis Alex raised good point about having to change the steering 50% of the time, this can be solved using this a bit pricey but well worth it?
And finally the chassis/design, build the weapon into the chassis so the battering rams are tied directly in and there is no central compression point when something gets rammed.
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