Power Expander inspections at the World Championship


We have heard rumors of teams electrically modifying their power expanders so as to gain a competitive advantage. Modifications of this sort are illegal as per R15a:

Is it possible for testing to be put in place at the World Championship so as to potentially catch any teams who have modified their power expander and/or cortex? The potential to be caught and disqualified for this would greatly discourage teams from breaking these rules, as has already been achieved through the introduction of motor inspections.


I cannot address specific rules, nor can I address specific methods of rule enforcement, but I can verify that the most skilled and knowledgeable inspection staff ever assembled is prepared to scrutinize robots for safety and adherence to the rules. I would strongly advise teams against performing any action to “modify their power expander and/or cortex” as your question states.