The format for the first two UK Robot Wars was much different from the later pure-combat layout. Each heat started with six robots.
The first challenge was called 'The Gauntlet' -- a maze with two paths of differing obstacles from which to choose. The robots pushed as far down the 15-metre course as possible in the time allowed. The 'bot covering the least ground was eliminated.
The remaining five robots went on to the next challenge: 'The Trial'. This event varied from week to week. The lowest scoring 'bot was eliminated. The First Wars featured:
For the final challenge of the heat, the four remaining robots paired off and fought in 'The Arena' - the familiar combat event that dominated the later wars. The two remaining robots then fought each other for the heat championship.
In the First Wars, the six heat champions met in a single melee fight to determine the overall winner.
Best Engineered - Mortis
Most Original Entry - Psychosprout
Sportsmanship Award - Nemesis
Grand Champion - Roadblock