Typhoon 2 The UK Robot Wars TV Grand Champion is on display at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. This is its first public appearance after winning the Silver Medal at the World Robot Olympics in San Francisco where it sustained major damage while defeating a similar spinning American robot and could not be repaired in time to compete in the final.
'Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes', the Edinburgh made Typhoon 2 has been refurbished over the winter and can be seen at the City Art Centre until Saturday 14th April. Typhoon 2 was designed and made by a team of volunteer engineers from Selex Galileo working with a team of Edinburgh Air Cadets under the leadership of Peter Bennett; an ex-RAF Test Pilot.
Typhoon 2 accelerates like a Ferrari and its devastating spinning weapon can unleash enough energy to propel another robot over the Scott Monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh.
Following their Olympic success the Typhoon team turned to producing sporting robot kits for secondary school young engineers to construct and compete in an annual Scottish Robotic Games. Over 500 of these 'Rampaging Chariot' robots have been made by Scottish schools and visitors to the Science Festival can make these robots themselves in a special workshop area supervised by Apprentices from Selex Galileo. They can then drive them round obstacles in a purpose built arena.
Peter Bennett said "The visitors get huge satisfaction from building, testing and driving a powerful robot at the Festival. - Engineering can be great fun"