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Quantum was a heavyweight robot built by Team Robo Challenge, which competed in Discovery Season 4 of the BattleBots reboot.

Quantum was a sleek, four-wheel drive bot armed with a deadly crushing beak weapon boasting 35,000 lbs of force. The beak used an innovative hydraulic system which allowed the jaws to close immediately and clamp down on opponents, and upon making contact, changing pressure to function as a more conventional crusher. The team was comprised of brothers James and Grant Cooper, who had competed as part of Team Warhead and Team Beta respectively. Quantum's powerful drive comes from four brushed LEM motors, which were specifically chosen over brushless equivalents for additional precision.

Its name derives from the James Bond film franchise, specifically the 2008 release "Quantum of Solace". This was also the case with their similarly-designed heavyweight for other televised shows, "Spectre".

"Names are always tricky, and we never planned on a Bond theme. They just sort of suited what we built!"
— Grant Cooper on naming Quantum.[1]

Inside Quantum.

A new version of Quantum was set to appear in the 2020 season, but later withdrew due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Team Robo Challenge then planned to return for Discovery Season 6 with Quantum, but decided against it, partly due to family commitments and partly due to not wanting to show up with the same bot as two years prior. However, the Coopers have outlined their intentions to return for the 2022 season with a new and improved version of Quantum.

Outside of BattleBots, James and Grant Cooper built 30lb versions of Razer and Warhead called Venom and Predator respectively for various UK live events. The Cooper brothers also built the four House Robots for the Robot Wars reboot, which aired from 2016 to 2018. They also operated Basher, a renamed version of Beta, for its unaired 2016 pilot. For more on their involvement in the UK show, see here.

The team behind Quantum also built Spectre for Season 1 of Chinese show King of Bots. It became the first King of Bots champion after beating the Chinese representative Chiyung Jinlun. They also competed in This is Fighting Robots where Spectre won two battles but lost two to Formula and Two BBQ respectively with the latter being in an eight robot rumble. Spectre then attended the 2019 Opening Battle to promote the upcoming second season of King of Bots but it lost its first battle to Two BBQ.

Robot History[]

Discovery Season 4[]

Quantum vs Blacksmith

Quantum with a hold on Blacksmith.

Quantum sinks its teeth into Al Kindle's bot.

Quantum and Blacksmith are separated off-camera.

Up first for Quantum was veteran Al Kindle and Blacksmith. The match started off well for Quantum as the soon got a grip on Al's machine and bit into Blacksmith's top armor. However, Blacksmith had extra top armor made of AR500 steel, which made it difficult for Quantum to release due to the damage Quantum had caused to the armor. The match was paused as both robots were separated off-camera.

When the fight resumed, Quantum bit down again and spun its tires, trying to let go, causing its tires to etch blue circles on the arena floor. Sometime later, Quantum got another bite on Blacksmith and paraded it around the arena. Much like the first time, Quantum couldn't let go, so the fight was stopped and the judges were called in to make a decision. Despite not being able to release Blacksmith, the judges awarded Quantum a unanimous 3-0 decision.

"It was the way AR500 in particular reacts to being punctured. It splinters and grips on to the teeth like barbs."
— James Cooper explains the science behind why Quantum could not let go of Blacksmith.

Quantum vs Lock-Jaw

Quantum threatens to bite Lock-Jaw.

Next for Quantum was a match against another veteran, Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw. When the match got underway, Quantum looked for an opening but found that Lock-Jaw was making that difficult and was thrown into the air. Quantum took another attempt at Lock-Jaw and was unable to get much of an opening as they were thrown into the air again. Quantum then got close to biting Lock-Jaw's weapon but Lock-Jaw slipped away and delivered another hit that caused Quantum to start smoking and stop moving. Quantum was thrown onto its back by its opponent and was counted out, giving Lock-Jaw the win by KO.

Quantum vs DeathRoll

Quantum bites down on DeathRoll's weapon mount, snapping a belt.

Quantum's next opponent was the Australian representatives, DeathRoll. Quantum went with its trademark twin teeth on its and additional armor to protect itself from DeathRoll, but took several hits in the opening moments of the fight. However. Quantum managed to bite down just to the right of DeathRoll's weapon and break off a weapon belt.

Unfortunately, DeathRoll had a spare weapon belt so this didn't phase them at all. Quantum then found it getting hit and tossed twice by DeathRoll's weapon; once towards the wall, then towards the screws. Quantum had little offense due to a bent up front wedge from one of the two hits, then found it in more trouble as its teeth were bending inwards to each other. Quantum had suffered further, losing its right drive chain and armor, having its left armor dented, its right rear wheel and left drive chain. Quantum was now unable to move and was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by KO.

Quantum vs. DUCK!

Quantum takes DUCK! to the screws.

Up next for Quantum was against Hal Rucker and DUCK! In response, Quantum opted for their wedge configuration. As the match started, both bots came out slowly to feel each other up and position themselves to get the advantage. DUCK! got the early advantage, getting its beak under Quantum, but the British crusher backed off before DUCK! could flip them. Quantum took advantage of this and drove DUCK into the wall, but missed with its crusher.

Quantum clamps down on DUCK! once more.

Quantum finally got DUCK! into its teeth when it came off the wall, then drove DUCK! into another wall and bit down. While holding DUCK!, Quantum was getting attacked by DUCK's lifting arm from above, but this didn't phase Quantum at all. In response, Quantum was able to lift DUCK! completely off the ground, but was getting off balanced by DUCK's lifter, before shoving them into the screws. DUCK! finally got free, but Quantum was back on the hunt, this time grabbing DUCK's plow and forcing it to not work while trying to bite through the top again. Both robots jostled for position again, with DUCK! flipping itself onto Quantum's head before Quantum bit down in such a way that DUCK's plow was under Quantum, lifting both robots wheels off the ground. This remained for a bit as some smoke leaked out of DUCK! before they both got back down and Quantum bit down into one of the pivots for DUCK's lifting arm. Quantum shoved DUCK! into a corner once more as it bit down as DUCK! once again lifted both of them to get their wheels off the ground. DUCK! continued flipping, but Quantum bit down again, pushing DUCK! into another set of screws. Quantum held DUCK! there for a bit as some fire leaked out of one of the bite marks, before Quantum dragged DUCK! out and tried going for another set of screws. DUCK's fire got a bit worse as it was getting slammed into the screws once more by Quantum and eventually behind them. The screws reversed after a bit and DUCK! got free, only to have Quantum bite behind the plow once more and prevent DUCK! from leaving and bit down into the body to leave another set of bite marks. The fight ended soon after and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision for Quantum.

Quantum vs. Valkyrie

Valkyrie goes for the jugular.

Quantum was closing in on the Top 16, but was placed against Valkyrie and opted for a single-toothed crushing beak to go with a stronger front wedge. As the match got underway, Quantum was mostly having sparks shaved off before Valkyrie got flipped due to the gyroscopic forces of their weapon. Quantum then lost the tooth on its crushing beak and proceeded to grab Valkyrie and parade it around the box. Valkyrie soon lost the use of its weapon and Quantum promptly placed them in the gap behind the screws where Valkyrie could neither escape on their own nor get help from the screws. Valkyrie was counted out, giving Quantum the win by KO and a spot in the Top 16.

Quantum vs. Tombstone

Tombstone delivers a crippling shot to Quantum.

As the No.13 seed, Quantum had to fight the No.4 seed, Ray Billings and the 2016 champion, Tombstone. As a result, Quantum opted for its anti-horizontal spinner wedge, but as the match began, Quantum was immediately thrown onto its back by Tombstone in the first hit.

The Coopers are presented with the Best Design Award for 2019 by Greg Munson and Trey Roski.

As Quantum self-righted, it landed on top of Tombstone's weapon support and took damage to its underbelly and wheel. It was no longer moving and was counted out, ending Quantum's run and giving Tombstone the win by KO and a place in the quarter-finals.

At the end of the season, Quantum won the "Best Design Award", which was voted upon by fellow BattleBots teams.

Results[]

QUANTUM - RESULTS
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
2-2, Won Play-in
Fight Night vs. Blacksmith Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Lock-Jaw Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. DeathRoll Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. DUCK! Won (JD)
Play-in vs. Valkyrie Won (KO)
Top 16
13th seed
Round of 16 vs. Tombstone (4) Lost (KO)

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 3
Competition Wins Losses
Discovery Season 4

Blacksmith (Undercard Match)

DUCK! (Undercard Match)

Valkyrie

Lock-Jaw (Undercard Match)

DeathRoll (Undercard Match)

Tombstone

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"This bots crusher is scarier than Dracula. Its name is half the title of a show with Scott Bakula. I know these rhymes were a bit of a leap, but you know you want them. It's QUANTUM!"

"It looks like a beauty, but bites like a beast. It's come to be our guest, be our guest, put this robot to the test. It's QUANTUM!"

"It's so pretty, it doesn't need makeup, but that bite's so hard, it'll really make you wake up. I'm crushing on QUANTUM!"

"This bot's named for a James Bond movie and like a Bond girl, it's a beauty. Dr. No it's not a mirage, it's an espionage and I spy with my little eye that someone's going to Live or Let Die. The name's Tum... QUANTUM!"

"From the UK, it's the killer ranked at #13 and that's unlucky... for you. He's like the British pound, cash money. It's QUANTUM!"

Trivia[]

  • Quantum is the only competing heavyweight robot to start with the letter Q.
    • The first robot in BattleBots history to start with a Q was superheavyweight Queen Bee, which ended up forfeiting.
      • Outside of this, there were two Robot Wars applicants who failed to qualify for the show's classic era, named Q and Quack Attack.
  • Quantum was one of the heaviest robots in the modern era to still remain under the 250lb weight limit. According to the team, just a few coins would have put Quantum overweight.
  • James Cooper rendered the visuals for fellow British team Cobalt in Discovery Season 4.
    • Team Robo Challenge and Team Cobalt became good friends over BattleBots and various UK events over the years, with Cobalt's Dave Moulds serving as best man for Grant Cooper's wedding.
  • Team Robo Challenge were supplied high grade titanium by Whiplash during the 2018 season.

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