Taco Tuesday is a unique combat robot designed with a distinctive two-wheel drive system, setting it apart from traditional combat bots. Developed by team lead Carter Hurd, Taco Tuesday’s innovative design features a large front wheel positioned longitudinally and a larger, slimmer rear wheel placed transversely. The front wheel serves as the primary driver, propelling the robot across the arena, while the rear wheel functions as a steering mechanism, enabling rapid pivoting to face adversaries. This exceptional maneuverability distinguishes Taco Tuesday and holds potential for broader applications.
The video showcases Taco Tuesday’s performance in a BattleBots competition held in Las Vegas. Throughout the competition, the robot encounters formidable opponents and sustains damage in combat. Although the drive system may require further refinement, the video illustrates the robot’s significant potential and highlights its unique design and capabilities. Taco Tuesday’s ability to swiftly maneuver and respond to threats could find utility beyond the arena, provided challenges related to sideways friction on the rear wheel are addressed.
Taco Tuesday’s unconventional configuration demonstrates the ongoing innovation in combat robotics, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the field. While many robot designs have been explored in the past, this self-righting taco-shaped bot with its distinctive drive system showcases the creativity and versatility of combat robot builders, offering a fresh perspective on robotic combat. Why not try and make some combat robots yourself, try using one of our kits as the foundation for it!