Monsoon started life as Tauron Mk3, originally designed to take part in the UK's Robot Wars on BBC2. It was a natural evolution of the design Tom developed through Tauron Mk1 and Mk2, however the BBC decided not to renew Robot Wars. Tauron MK3 fought in several events on the UK live scene, but when a new series of Battlebots was announced in early 2018 Tom applied with this design. The BBC own the rights to the name "Tauron", so the robot was renamed Monsoon, painted blue, and given a new asymmetric weapon bar.
Monsoon competed again in Battlebots 2019. Although externally quite similar, Monsoon Mk2 was completely redesigned internally and ran brushless drive motors.
Team Monsoon 2018
For 2018 Team Monsoon was made up of Tom, Tim Rackley and Sam Griffin, both members of the Dorset Roboteering Team (responsible for Concussion in Robot Wars series 9 and 10), and Sarah Asplin (who was in Robot Wars series 5, 6 and 7 as a child, with her dad Karl and his robot The Alien).
Team Monsoon 2019
For 2019 Tom and Sarah were joined by Rory Mangles (Team Nuts, Robot Wars Series 8, 9 and 10) and Alastair "Suvv" Sutherland, (regular competitor on the UK featherweight scene and a commentator on the YouTube Beetleweight series Bugglebots).
Sponsors and Supporters
For 2019 Team Monsoon was sponsored by K Cut, Besiege: Spiderling Studios, Gens Ace and Trampa Boards Ltd. Monsoon is also supported by Chasegate Engineering Ltd and NoCry (work and safety gear). This support makes such a huge difference to Monsoon and many other robots, we're so grateful to them all. See our Sponsors page for more information and please get in touch if you'd like to help Team Monsoon in 2020!
So what's next for Monsoon? We'll update on social media whenever we can release any news, so follow the team on Twitter and Facebook, or via their Instagram page. Monsoon has a page on the Battlebots website - please visit it and give us a like. Monsoon t-shirts are also available from the Battlebots website. To buy one, click here.
The team were completely surprised and honoured on the last day of filming at Battlebots 2018 to receive the Founders' Award, given by the show's founders Greg and Trey to a team that embodies the spirit of Battlebots. Many thanks them and to all the others involved with the production of the show. To us it’s more than just a TV show - BattleBots promotes STEM subjects in a very unique and exciting way that no other currently broadcast show really does, and we genuinely feel very honoured and privileged to have been a part of it.