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Tortizoid was a heavyweight robot designed by Team Eco Warriors, a group of students from the University of Toronto, which intended to compete in Discovery Season 5 of the BattleBots reboot.

Described by the team as "one of the most unique robots you'll ever see", Tortizoid was a large, dome-shaped robot designed to resemble a tortoise. It was armed with a vertical spinner at the front and a small feeder wedge leading into it. What made Tortizoid unlike any other BattleBots competitor was its armor. Tortizoid's shell was to be constructed from inflated pieces of Kevlar, a heat-resistant plastic as seen on fellow 2020 season applicant Aegis. Whether the Kevlar was supposed to be considered ablative armor for Tortizoid or not is unknown.

Little else is known about the robot outside of an unlisted application video, which briefly shows off a three-dimensional model of Tortizoid as well as CAD.[1] Tortizoid was not confirmed to Facebook Supporters for the original 2020 season roster, nor was it announced as a competitor ahead the postponed filming dates. This led to speculation that the team either withdrew without a public announcement, or despite what the now-deleted Tortizoid website stated at the time, were not successful with their application to begin with.

Irrespective of its application status, Tortizoid was not present at filming for Discovery Season 5 and was not allocated a pit table.[2] With no updates from the team since the application video, Tortizoid is not known to have applied for Discovery Season 6 or any future seasons of BattleBots.

References[]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeyMEhyfPeA
  2. Public correspondence with Alon Belkin, then of Axolotl.
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