This is probably worth a Q&A but I figure I’ll ask the forums first for a quick sanity check.
R1 states that only one robot is allowed per team, and swapping out subsystem 1 (drivebase) or subsystem 2 (electronics) would count as a separate robot.
I have one strategy that I want to try out at a competition where I may just entirely remove my drive base and just sit there.
But I may have some games with a drive base, and some games without a drivebase. If I’m not adding anything that would constitute a separate base (aka just removing the drivebase and not adding anything else) would that be violating R1?
Notice that for a stationary robot the drive base (subsystem 1) is the base of the robot even if it doesn’t have wheels. so, When you take off a drive train you are “swapping out” subsystem 1 from your normal drive train to the stationary robot base.
As for your question, my teammate and I joking talked about a stationary robot. Simply start it by the matchload feeder, and shoot the machloads into the high goal, then expand. Without wasting 4 motors on your drive you could easily have 4m flywheel and 4m expansion. Thus getting 95 (matchloads+preloads) + 324 (tiles) for a total of 129 points. Definitely enough to win some Kansas matches, but still a bad idea and best as a joke.
given that the UK vex scene is still very early and the majority of us are pushbots, this was what I was considering. No drivebase to make it much harder to push us (as of yet no pneumatics for breaks)
Legit we won a bunch of games in our first comp yesterday by dumping 11 match load discs into the field and pushing them into low goal
plan being that if we were getting pushed away from matchload station a lot, then we’d take off drive base and go from there, if not then whatever
Tbh you could always use center traction wheels to prevent defense. And there’s always the option of a motorized break, or setting your motors to brake type hold with the push of a button (not really recommended b/c it could damage the motors with prolonged use under defense. But given current UK VEX scene as u described it u might find some use of it).