I don't think Carbide would have stood a chance against any of the house robots and I think they knew that as they never even tried at any point, they stayed away at the end of matches when the house robots wandered out. One of the reasons their spinner is so effective is because their robot is built so well allowing it to soak up the shocks it deals to itself when the weapon hits, for so many of the other spinners they could deal the damage but the chassis couldn't take the the damage caused by the impacts of the weapon hitting other robots. The house robots appear to be built extremely well and they've got a massive weight advantage plus they're generally extremely well armoured, I think if Carbide had attempted to hit them they've have been able to take the hit fine on their armour and Carbide would have taken a lot more damage since it couldn't transfer the force to them as it could robots of an equal weight. I noticed Sir Killalot seems to have a lot more armour around the tracks which I don't think it had before as potentially they'd be vulnerable to being ripped off,.
I am a bit concerned at the lack of variety in the robots this series as it's almost been entirely spinners and I agree that next year it's likely to be worse. Apollo and Eruption were both exceptional flippers and well driven but they still struggled badly against the spinners and if you were choosing a design, you can't blame someone for going with a spinner. The only robots that seemed to mostly avoid Carbide were those two cluster bots, I know one of them took an almighty hit but a lot of the time Carbide was just grazing the top of them - my only thought was if you had a very low front on the robot enough to get under the weapon and mechanically rotate carbide round you'd have a chance but then there's other robots like PP3D that have the spinner at the bottom and it would be useless against. Behemoth's anti-spinner guard appeared to be able to take multiple hits and it's a real shame we didn't see it go through as it looked like it may have stood a chance against some spinners although on the other hand it may have had that ripped off and disabled shortly after.
I think I said a few pages back that the team behind Tornado had been talking about current robot wars which I was curious about as there's really been no robots of that design, just a fairly simple, well driven model without a powerful weapon. They said as the weight had increased previously it hadn't suited that design and now they were up in weight again they don't think Tornado would stand a chance against the current robots which they're probably right about. I was disappointed about the lack of Razer this year but hadn't realised the team have retired it after last year and been focusing on their American robot, Warhead:
Razer never seemed that reliable anyway and I don't think would stand a chance against the flippers and probably not the spinners either but I've always loved the design and I'm going to be very sorry if we end up with really no variety and all spinners. Hopefully BBC are thinking the same and will work on tweaking the rules to encourage more variety.
Edit - According to this, Carbide's weapon failed against the Shunt's blade:
https://www.reddit.com/r/robotwars/comm ... h=1727c9e2