T-Minus was a middleweight robot which competed in BattleBots. It was built and operated by Inertia Labs. It used a full-pressure pneumatic flipper and if overturned (or if it overturned itself) it would fire its arm and literally flip itself into the air, landing upright. This feature earned it the "Coolest Robot" award for Season 3.0. It competed in Seasons 3.0 through 5.0 of BattleBots, winning the Season 5.0 middleweight championship after defeating the previously-undefeated Hazard in an upset.
Design and Specifications
|Drive Motors||Twin NPC 64038 motors run at a 14:1 ratio|
|Wheels||superlight 10" centrifugally molded solid foam Carefree tires|
|Power Source||two 24v sub C NiCad BattlePacks|
|Speed Controller||two Thor 24v speed controllers|
|Radio Controller||Isaac 16 IFI control system|
|Weapon||Titanium pneumatic flipping arm which exerts 3500 pounds of force.|
- 1 less CO2 tank and smaller batteries to lessen weight for titanium wheel guards
- Titanium lids used to save weight and front crumple zone was added to deflect blows from spinners.
T-Minus's first ever fight in BattleBots was against Halo. T-Minus flipped Halo immediately and was counted out at 1:09. T-Minus won by KO and advanced to the next preliminary round, where it faced Kraken.
After multiple flips from T-Minus, Bumper Bawt was eventually flipped on its side and was counted out. T-Minus won by KO and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Sunshine Lollibot.The two drove out, and Sunshine Lollibot hit T-Minus with its saw, causing little damage. The forces of the blade eventually cut the belt to the chainsaw motor, and then T-Minus flipped Sunshine Lollibot into the air, sending it flying. Sunshine Lollibot cartwheeled in the air and landed back on its wheels, and another flip knocked Sunshine Lollibot onto its back, where its saw cut into the floor before finally stopping. One more flip from T-Minus and Sunshine Lollibot stopped moving and was counted out. T-Minus won by KO at 1:16 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where it faced T-Wrex.
In the match, both robots went straight at each other and T-Minus got near T-Wrex, but T-Wrex startws spinning and T-Minus backws off. As T-Wrex started spinning again, T-Minus attemptws to flip T-Wrex, but it manages to flip itself onto its back and self-rights with a 540° flip. For the majority of the fight, T-Minus was trying to flip T-Wrex, but T-Wrex kept spinning and T-Minus retreated. At some point in the match, T-Wrex was hitting T-Minus multiple times with its tail. As T-Minus was still having trouble getting underneath T-Wrex with its flipping arm, T-Minus pushed T-Wrex onto the killsaws and sparks were being produced. T-Minus attempted to flip T-Wrex again, but it managed to flip itself onto its back. The first self-righting flip from T-Minus didn't quite do it, but the second one did put it back onto its feet. T-Minus went back to the center of the BattleBox and T-Wrex delivered another hit on the front of T-Minus. This hit broke the power switch for the radio receiver for T-Minus and it was now immobilized. Team Inertia Labs began to try to fix the joystick base and T-Wrex started pushing T-Minus. T-Minus got popped by the hellraisers and T-Wrex pushed T-Minus onto the piston. With only 40 seconds left, T-Wrex pushed T-Minus onto the killsaws and T-Minus was being counted out. T-Wrex won by KO at 2:34 and T-Minus was eliminated from the tournament.T-Minus wasn't finished, however, as it participated the middleweight royal rumble at the end of the tournament. In the beginning, T-Minus got its flipping arm under the left side of Sunshine Lollibot and flipped it onto its back. After this, T-Minus tried to get its flipping arm under the front of Deadblow, but it missed and T-Minus bumped into Zion's front wedge. T-Minus then got its flipping arm under the rear of Deadblow and flipped it over Twin Paradox and Village Idiot. After T-Minus tried to flip Zion, Twin Paradox and SABotage at one point, T-Minus got its flipping arm under the rear of Twin Paradox and flipped it. T-Minus was then slammed by Alabama Slammer's rear spike and T-Minus almost flipped Zion onto its back. As T-Minus tried to flip Zion again, T-Minus went straight at the right side of Instigator and flipped it onto its back. After this, T-Minus was chasing Hazard around the BattleBox and tried to get its flipping arm under Hazard, but it wasn't successful and drove itself straight at the spikestrip. T-Minus was then being pushed around the BattleBox by Hazard and Bad Attitude. For the rest of the rumble, T-Minus was moving around the BattleBox before the time ran out. T-Minus was one of few robots still moving in the end and it was declared the winner of the middleweight royal rumble.
Despite reaching the quarterfinals in Season 3.0, T-Minus had to go through the qualifiers again in Season 4.0. However, due to lack of participants, T-Minus received two byes in the final preliminary rounds. Because of this, T-Minus was already back in the TV rounds, where it faced Ravager. As T-Minus tried to get underneath Ravager, T-Minus flipped itself as it missed a flip on Ravager and self-righted immediately. Ravager then managed to get a flip on T-Minus and T-Minus self-righted over Ravager. T-Minus finally got underneath Ravager and flipped it. Ravager couldn't self-right and it was now being counted out. T-Minus won by KO and advanced to the round of 32, where it faced Short Order Chef.
In the match, both robots went straight at each other, but hesitate to come too close to one another. Short Order Chef tried to turn to go at T-Minus' side, but it wasn't fast enough to do that effectively. T-Minus tried to get under Short Order Chef's low body, but almost stopped over Short Order Chef's flipping arm. T-Minus escaped before it could be flipped. T-Minus got under the hinged skirt, but when the arm went up, it didn't catch anything but the skirt. T-Minus went onto its back while Short Order Chef stayed on the ground. T-Minus launched itself into the air and landed on Short Order Chef. T-Minus tried to flip Short Order Chef again, but got underneath the skirt again and flipped itself. After T-Minus self-righted itself, T-Minus got underneath Short Order Chef and finally flipped it onto it's back. Short Order Chef couldn't self-right and was being counted out. T-Minus won by KO and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Heavy Metal Noise.
Immediately, both robots chased each other, trying to go head to head but as soon as Heavy Metal Noise attempted to turn, but the gyroscopic force from its disc tipped it onto its side and it began to spin sideways for quite a while, with neither robot doing any attacking. Eventually, once Heavy Metal Noise recovered, it resumed its pursuit against T-Minus, with T-Minus attempting to flip but missed, emitting CO2. Heavy Metal Noise then went straight at the front of T-Minus but got flipped. It then attempted to cut into T-Minus' tire but backed off. Not much happened for a while before Heavy Metal Noise began having control problems, ramming itself into the spikestrip and then coming to a halt in front of the killsaws. T-Minus flipped it once more, and Heavy Metal Noise came back to life. T-Minus got in another flip, stopping Heavy Metal Noise's disc before getting in three more flips. However, when it tried again, Heavy Metal Noise managed to strike T-Minus on its fail-safe, incapacitating the bot. With its arm up not being able to move, Heavy Metal Noise chewed at T-Minus' wheel before pushing it over the killsaws, winning by KO in 2:48. This KO surprisingly eliminated T-Minus from the competition again.T-Minus wasn't finished, however, as it participated the middleweight royal rumble at the end of the tournament. In the beginning, T-Minus got rammed from the right side by 2925 Jack Rabbit, which spun T-Minus around. As 2925 Jack Rabbit prepared to ram T-Minus again, Bad Attitude got underneath T-Minus and 2925 Jack Rabbit rammed into the rear of T-Minus, which flipped it onto its back. T-Minus self-righted immediately and it almost got flipped by Alabama Slammer's flipping arm. After this, T-Minus got its flipping arm under SABotage and flipped it onto its back. From this impact, T-Minus also flipped Heavy Metal Noise and tossed it against the arena wall. T-Minus was now trying to flip Huggy Bear, but it couldn't get its flipping arm under Huggy Bear and missed. As this was happening, T-Minus drove over the front of Huggy Bear and it got caught on Huggy Bear's "hug zone". T-Minus managed to escape Huggy Bear's "hug zone" and T-Minus flipped Psychotron onto its back. T-Minus almost drove over Alabama Slammer and tried to flip Huggy Bear again, but it only lifted shredded pieces on top of Huggy Bear. After this, T-Minus was being pushed around the BattleBox by Bad Attitude and Summoner, which the latter pushed it against the base of the screws. Summoner backed away and T-Minus got its flipping arm under the rear of Summoner, flipping it onto its back. T-Minus then tried to flip T-Wrex's thwacking tail, but it missed. T-Minus flipped Summoner back onto its feet and T-Minus was being pushed around the BattleBox by Bad Attitude. At one point, Bad Attitude pushed T-Minus against the entrance ramp. Psychotron got underneath the left side of T-Minus and pushed it into T-Wrex's thwacking tail, which caused T-Minus to lose its left wheel. Despite this, T-Minus was still moving without its left wheel and it, as well as Alabama Slammer, Bad Attitude and T-Wrex, were pushed against the spikestrip by Summoner. After this, all the robots that were still moving were going after T-Minus and T-Minus tried to run away. It was then being attacked by Bad Attitude and T-Minus was pushed against the screws. Bad Attitude continued attacking T-Minus before the time ran out. In the end, Bad Attitude was declared the winner of the middleweight royal rumble and T-Minus lost overall.
Due to previously competing in Season 4.0, T-Minus was allowed to skip the preliminary rounds of Season 5.0, where it eventually faced TriDent. The two robots met in the center of the BattleBox and TriDent got its arm under T-Minus. It lifted, but T-Minus simply drove off. T-Minus appeared to be having trouble steering itself to get under TriDent. TriDent drove off and lifted its body off the BattleBox floor. T-Minus got under TriDent's side and flipped it. TriDent drove itself onto the killsaws and sent sparks across the BattleBox floor. As TriDent was still on the killsaws, T-Minus went straight at TriDent and T-Minus flipped it again. As TriDent was balancing on its front, T-Minus got underneath it and sent TriDent tumbling onto the killsaws. TriDent drove around the BattleBox and T-Minus drove itself onto the killsaws. TriDent got under T-Minus and started to lift it. TriDent tried to push T-Minus, but T-Minus fell off. T-Minus then gave TriDent another full flip from the rear. TriDent went over the killsaws again and T-Minus went straight at TriDent, flipping it onto its back again. T-Minus dealt with a seam in the BattleBox floor and TriDent drove across the BattleBox into another set of killsaws. TriDent drovw over the killsaws once again and T-Minus tried to flip TriDent again, but it missed. After this, T-Minus managed to flip TriDent again. Toward the end of the match, T-Minus flipped TriDent once again and pushed it against the spikestrip. TriDent tried to escape, but T-Minus lifted it onto its front. TriDent tried to get itself to land upside-down, but T-Minus shoved it against the wall and tossed it again. TriDent struggled to escape the spikestrip and soon got back on the BattleBox floor. T-Minus tried to flip TriDent one more time, but it missed and the time ran out. T-Minus won on a 33-12 judge's decision and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Double Agent.
In the beginning, both robots were moving around each other and T-Minus flipped Double Agent from the front. Double Agent landed on T-Minus' flipping arm and got flipped again. Double Agent started spinning and T-Minus tried to flip Double Agent, but it only a small lift and drove over Double Agent's wedge. Double Agent went straight at the front of T-Minus and T-Minus flipped it onto its back, landing on the killsaws. T-Minus got its flipping arm on the side of Double Agent and tried to flip it again, but Double Agent escaped and T-Minus missed. Double Agent started spinning again and T-Minus missed another flip on Double Agent. Double Agent ran away from T-Minus and drove itself onto the killsaws. The killsaws were lifting the front of Double Agent and it was flipped again by T-Minus. Double Agent was back onto its feet and it got flipped by T-Minus again. Double Agent went straight at T-Minus again and got itself flipped by T-Minus once again. Double Agent was on its back again and landed on the killsaws. T-Minus pushed it off the killsaws and T-Minus was tossed from the killsaws. T-Minus got a small lift on the side of Double Agent and Double Agent went straight at T-Minus, but it got flipped again. Double Agent started spinning once again and T-Minus pushed Double Agent toward the spikestrip. T-Minus missed another flip on Double Agent and T-Minus drove over Double Agent. Double Agent got underneath the front of T-Minus and tried to push it toward the spikestrip, but T-Minus slipped away and Double Agent went straight at the spikestrip. After this, Double Agent drove itself under the pulverizer and reversed itself toward the screws. Double Agent moved to the center of the BattleBox and T-Minus drove over Double Agent again. T-Minus flipped the front of Double Agent two more times and the time ran out shortly after. T-Minus won on a 31-14 judge's decision and advanced to the quarterfinals, where it faced Huggy Bear.
T-Minus attempted to get Huggy Bear at the side, but Huggy Bear kept its "hug zone" facing T-Minus. Huggy Bear then went toward T-Minus who retreated. T-Minus managed to get around Huggy Bear but failed to flip it. T-Minus went in and successfully flipped Huggy Bear. Huggy Bear pursued T-Minus and grabbed hold, but T-Minus broke free by activating its flipper. Huggy Bear grabbed hold again, but T-Minus managed to escape in the same way, while both take a shot from the killsaws. T-Minus then flipped Huggy Bear again, and Huggy Bear retaliated by pushing T-Minus into some killsaws. Huggy Bear then attempted to play dead (looking like it lost its mobility), but T-Minus never took the opportunity at first, but eventually did and nearly flipped Huggy Bear, who took off. Huggy Bear almost grabbed T-Minus three times and began pushing T-Minus until the timer sounded. T-Minus won on a 27-18 judge's decision and advanced to the semifinals, where it faced the three time middleweight champion Hazard.
Before the fight, Inertia Labs had modified their robot with a flipping arm extension. In the fight, Hazard came out with its bar spinning up full speed, whilst T-Minus came out with nerves of Hazard. Hazard went to slam into T-Minus, but backed away when the flipper went up before going back to slam into T-Minus, and again it backed away as the flipper flipped up. T-Minus got under Hazard's front wedge, jamming one of Hazard's wedge skirts into its own weapon. T-Minus drove to Hazard's back end and flipped Hazard over, ending its winning streak. T-Minus won by KO in a major upset and advanced to the middleweight finals for the first time, where it faced S.O.B.
The two robots approached each other slowly, not wanting to expose itself to the opposition. Eventually, S.O.B. scooped up T-Minus' side in its tray and brought its circular saw down, causing some sparks. T-Minus tried to flip but missed before being driven into the spikestrip by S.O.B., where it used its saw to grind part of T-Minus' flipper. T-Minus flipped at that moment however, and pushed S.O.B.'s arm back, disabling S.O.B's saw. T-Minus then chased S.O.B. across the BattleBox with the latter driving over the killsaws. T-Minus then got its flipping arm under S.O.B.'s dustpan and tried to flip again but flipped itself. T-Minus self-righted after a few attempts and continued the fight. T-Minus then went round the rear of S.O.B. and flipped it successfully, but S.O.B. landed on its wheels. Following a shot from the killsaws, S.O.B. was able to reactivate its circular saw but received damage to its drive-train, allowing T-Minus to get under again and flipped S.O.B. upside down. In the midst of self-righting, T-Minus pushed S.O.B. into the spikestrip, where part of its pan prevented it from getting off. It tried slamming its saw into its pan and on the BattleBox floor but had no luck and was counted out in 1:53. This meant that T-Minus won the entire middleweight championship.
T-Minus couldn't compete in the middleweight royal rumble because the rest of the rumbles were canceled due to an accident with Nightmare during the heavyweight consolation rumble.
- Wins: 12
- Losses: 2
|Heavy Metal Noise|
Mark Beiro Introductions
"This is not a movie. Those are real blood stains and pieces of teeth. Watch out for T-MINUS!"
"He launches his opponents into deep space and leaves them there to rot. The countdown begins with T-MINUS!"
"Forget Houston. Ravager is the real problem because its countdown to destruction has begun. Introducing T-MINUS!"
"Pull my finger! You need the extra gas to drive far far away from the rancid rage. Its T-MINUS!"
"For him, happiness is knowing that the bill was paid, the family are safe and your robot has flattered all over the BattleBox. Introducing T-MINUS!"
"Ground control to Major Tom. Your circuits dead, there's something wrong cause you're about to hit blast-off by T-MINUS!"
"His parents call him a mistake. His friends call him crazy. The police call him dangerous. I just call him T-MINUS!"
"I know these are just machines and they don't have emotions, but dammit! This one always seems to be pissed off! Here is T-MINUS!"
"The road to the Giant Nut is a long one, but now its only 3 minutes away for T-MINUS!"
"He'll flip you so high you won't know whether to scratch your watch or wind your butt. Here is T-MINUS!"
- T-Minus is the only robot to have beaten Hazard twice, once in a rumble and in the Season 5.0 semifinals.
- T-Minus was one of 65 robots to compete in the Las Vegas Robojoust.
- T-Minus also appeared with "Mosquito" from The Swarm on an ESPN show for a brief cameo.