OverDrive was a heavyweight robot built by C2 Robotics, which competed in the first two seasons of ABC's BattleBots reboot.
OverDrive was built by Christian Carlberg formerly of Team Coolrobots, with its primary weapon being a lifter in ABC Season 1, and a vertical spinner in ABC Season 2. OverKill used brushless hub motors used in e-bike kits to drive four tall, thin wheels which were positioned at a slant on each side of the robot. Christian Carlberg used these wheels as he had plenty of them to use, and they were easy to use as a drive train.
For ABC Season 2, OverDrive was completely rebuilt, now armed with a vertical spinning bar. The slanted four-wheeled bot had become a two-wheeled competitor, and this iteration was smaller than the original. Unfortunately, this version of OverDrive lost its first and only match to Escape Velocity, being eliminated from the tournament at the first hurdle.
After a couple of seasons away, Christian Carlberg would return to BattleBots as part of Yeti for the 2021 season. Yeti's builder Greg Gibson cites Christian Carlberg as his inspiration for getting into the sport.
ABC Season 1
OverDrive vs. Chomp
OverDrive's first ever opponent was Chomp, designed by Zoe Stephenson. Chomp made many attempts to throw flames at OverDrive, but Christian Carlberg's bot was simply too fast for Chomp to make contact and grab. OverDrive made one attempt to flip Chomp, but Chomp luckily stayed on its wheels. Despite this, without the use of its claw, Chomp was earning very few points before being backed into the BattleBox screws in an incredible move by Overdrive. The screws carried Chomp up onto the rails, where it could not escape. This meant OverDrive won by a KO after 1:57. This win put OverDrive to the Round of 16.
OverDrive vs. Witch Doctor
ABC Season 2
OverDrive vs. Escape VelocityOverDrive's only opponent in the tournament was Escape Velocity. The fight started well for OverDrive, with Escape Velocity's small full body spinner crashing into the wall and getting flipped over. However, things quickly
turned in Escape Velocity's favor when OverDrive's spinning bar broke shortly after that hit. Escape Velocity suddenly had the upper hand, flipping OverDrive until it landed on its front before the time ran out. Escape Velocity won on a unanimous 3-0 judge's decision and OverDrive was eliminated from the tournament. Unfortunately, OverDrive was not chosen to be a wildcard, meaning it was eliminated from the tournament again.
OverDrive vs. Bad Kitty vs. The RingmasterOverDrive also participated in a small rumble with Bad Kitty and The Ringmaster, with Carissa Carlberg taking control of OverDrive. The fight started out relatively well for OverDrive as it took on Bad Kitty, but the feline bot ripped off a side panel of OverDrive's orange wedge, and it was quickly flipped over in short order and The Ringmaster came in and damaged one of OverDrive's tires. OverDrive was left spinning in circles and was counted out, giving The Ringmaster the win.
|OVERDRIVE - RESULTS|
|ABC Season 2|
|Round of 24||vs. Chomp||Won (KO)|
|Round of 16||vs. Witch Doctor (9)||Lost (KO)|
|ABC Season 2|
|Round of 48||vs. Escape Velocity||Lost (KO)|
|Rumble||vs. Bad Kitty, The Ringmaster||Lost (KO)|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 3
|ABC Season 1||Chomp||Witch Doctor|
|ABC Season 2||None|
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
"Somebody call the jaws of life. You're about to get a crash course in destruction. It's OVERDRIVE!"
"It's built by an air force engineer, so you know it's going to be the bomb! Let's make some noise for OVERDRIVE!"
"Get ready for some father-daughter robot slaughter. It's OVERDRIVE!"
"It's not a robot, it's a doom buggy. Strap in for OVERDRIVE!"
- The robots who defeated Overdrive (Witch Doctor and Escape Velocity) would both later fight Tombstone in the next round of their respective season and lose.
- OverDrive featured in curious promotional posters for the show in 2015, being erroneously described as having saw weaponry.