Monsoon started life as Tauron Mk3, originally designed to take part in the UK's Robot Wars on BBC2. It was a natural evolution of the design Tom developed through Tauron Mk1 and Mk2, however the BBC decided not to renew Robot Wars. Tauron MK3 fought in several events on the UK live scene, but when a new series of Battlebots was announced in early 2018 Tom applied with this design. The BBC own the rights to the name "Tauron", so the robot was renamed Monsoon, painted blue, and given a new asymmetric weapon bar.
Monsoon competed again in Battlebots 2019. Although externally quite similar, Monsoon Mk2 was completely redesigned internally and ran brushless drive motors.
Monsoon was accepted back onto Battlebots for 2020, but sadly was unable to compete due to Covid. Mk3 is a complete redesign, now featuring (among other upgrades) independently pivoting pods, multiple armour configurations (including a proper setup for horizontals), fully brushless weapon and drive, and is significantly smaller than previous versions, whilst the entire chassis is twice as thick - and it's well within the weight limit (that's probably a first for Tom).
Not being there was hard on all of the team after close to a year of design and fabrication of Monsoon 3, but there's always next year!
Team Monsoon 2020
For 2020 alongside Tom, Sarah and Rory, Tim Rackers returned to the team, alongside Kate (Tom's sister) and David (Sam's dad). Sadly they weren't able to travel to Long Beach this year due to the Covid travel restrictions and quarantine, but they're all looking forward to 2021!
Team Sponsors 2020
For 2020 Team Monsoon is sponsored by AT&G datanet, Trampa Boards Ltd, K Cut, and Gens Ace. This support makes such a huge difference to Monsoon and many other robots, we're so grateful to them all. See our 2020 Sponsors page for more information about them all, and please get in touch if you'd like to help Team Monsoon in 2021!
Team Monsoon 2019
For 2019 Tom and Sarah were joined by Rory Mangles (Team Nuts, Robot Wars Series 8, 9 and 10) and Alastair "Suvv" Sutherland, (regular competitor on the UK featherweight scene and a commentator on the YouTube Beetleweight series Bugglebots).
Team Monsoon 2018
For 2018 Team Monsoon was made up of Tom, Tim Rackley and Sam Griffin, both members of the Dorset Roboteering Team (responsible for Concussion in Robot Wars series 9 and 10), and Sarah Asplin (who was in Robot Wars series 5, 6 and 7 as a child, with her dad Karl and his robot The Alien).
So what's next for Monsoon? We'll update on social media whenever we can release any news, so follow the team on Twitter and Facebook, or via their Instagram page. Monsoon has a page on the Battlebots website - please visit it and give us a like. Monsoon t-shirts are also available from the Battlebots website. To buy one, click here.
The team were completely surprised and honoured on the last day of filming at Battlebots 2018 to receive the Founders' Award, given by the show's founders Greg and Trey to a team that embodies the spirit of Battlebots. Many thanks them and to all the others involved with the production of the show. To us it’s more than just a TV show - BattleBots promotes STEM subjects in a very unique and exciting way that no other currently broadcast show really does, and we genuinely feel very honoured and privileged to have been a part of it.