The event turned out very badly for Xhilarating impaX. Ground clearance had been slowly reducing with wear to the wheels but the bot had performed without problems at
Motorama so I was not too worried about that. It turned out the floor in Florida had less even seams and was to give Xi terrible problems.
Its first and only fight was against Totally Offensive, an
opponent who we beat handily at RCRAII. The bot got quickly hung up on a seam and immobilized. This is where my second failure came into play. I had given some general driving instructions to the
guest driver but had failed to make clear that it was much better to have survived to fight another day than get destroyed while attempting to win! On getting stuck against an opponent like TO, I
would have tapped out when it was clear that the bot couldn't handle the floor. As it was TO could get fully spun up and aim his hits at the rear and side where the armour was weakest. The result was
almost inevitable with Xi beaten to a pulp and losing the fight. It was clear after the fight that Xi was not repairable at the event so it was out of the round robin 0-5.
Video from the two cameras.
CheepShot 2.0 and 3.0 did much better going 2-2
and 3-1 respectively. I had hoped that CS3 would have qualified for nationals but with only 5 bots only the winner goes on.