I wouldn't tease this titanic metal monster by calling it a "bucket' of bolts," as it may teach you the fine art of instant dismantlement. Gulp.
Eagle Prime is the newest iteration of Team USA's entry in the upcoming and long-delayed Japan vs America Giant Robot Duel. This robotic rumble between America’s MegaBots Inc. and Japan’s Suidoboshi Heavy Industries (SHI) came to a steel-crunching head last spring, and the epic match of the century was set for this month but has now been postponed until September.
Playful insults have been lobbed back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, with hurtful taunts intended to bring the other cold-steel contestant into the arena for a brutal mecha showdown. Promoters in both camps came to an agreement two years ago to match up MegaBots’ 16-foot-tall Mark III in a fight to the death with SHI’s 9,000-pound KURATA megabot.
Megabots Inc.'s colossal combatant is christened Eagle Prime and tips the scales at a terrifying 12 tons, seats two operators, is powered by a 430 horsepower V8 LS3 motor, and costs $2.5 million to build. Their new video shows the beast tackling an obstacle course, grinding over debris, and demonstrating its new high-powered air cannon.
This bot-bashing event is not open to the public, but fans can catch the damaging action on YouTube and Facebook.
Have a look and tell us if you'd like to drive Eagle Prime in some heavy commuter traffic!