Activ8 V2 Brushless ESC/Ballistic Vented 550 4WD SC Racing System (4.5T) by Novak

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Novak's Activ8 V2 Brushless ESC/Ballistic Vented 550 4WD SC Racing System is the ultimate 4X4 Short Course racing combo for drivers that want the best in power, programming and reliability. By combining the Activ8 V2 ESC with Novak's premium Vented 4.5T 550 Ballistic Brushless Motor, Novak has created a race-proven system that can handle the extreme demands of 4X4 Short Course Racing.

The Activ8 V2 features Novak’s X-Drive for super-connected throttle feel and response, a programmable BEC for today’s power-hungry servos, Super-Tuner Plus firmware for easy and complete customization, and compatibility with Novak’s Pit Wizard Plus. A full-coverage heat sink attached to the metal-cased MOSFETs via an advanced thermal transfer pad, and large cooling fan provide for maximum heat dissipation and cooler operating temps. The Activ8 V2 is built tough and ready for the rigors of high-powered electric off-road racing and bashing.

Novak's Vented Ballistic 550 motor uses the same proven stator and shape from its 540 design, but has double the length of the stator and rotor to provide racers with the largest race-legal motor for 4X4 Short Course Trucks. This massive motor means simply that your truck will have NO power issues. Clearing triples, quads, and even the entire five-pack will become a traction issue, not a power problem! The vented end bells and proven Novak quality of motor design means high performance and extreme reliability.


  • ESC
    • Pure sensor-based design
    • Powerful and responsive braking
    • Ultra-smooth power delivery
    • Superior vibration protection using dual-level shock system
    • Full-coverage heat sink
    • Large 40x40mm cooling fan
    • High-voltage programmable BEC
    • Auto-detect LiPo battery protection
    • 5 Customizable/Savable Throttle Profiles
    • Easy, on-board Super Tuner Plus programming with 5 multi-colored LEDs
    • Compatible with Pit Wizard Plus Programming Box
    • One-Touch Set-Up radio calibration
    • Digital glitch filtering
    • On-board temperature monitoring
    • Thermal overload protection
    • Motor sensor test
    • Highly water & dirt resistant design
    • High-density copper PC boards
    • Gold-plated solder tabs
    • Built-in power cap bank
    • Installed 12GA battery and motor power wire
    • Replaceable high-current input and switch harness
    • Built in California
    • Programming Features (On-Board & with Pit Wizard Plus)
    • Throttle Profiles (5 preset- all customizable & savable)
    • High Voltage Adjustable BEC (10 steps, 6.0 – 7.2V)
    • Drag Brake (10 steps)
    • Brake Minimum (10 steps)
    • Brake Frequency (10 steps)
    • Brake Power (10 steps)
    • Dead Band (5 steps)
    • Dynamic Timing Level (0-45 deg** in 1 deg increments)
    • Timing (Off-On)
    • RPM Start/Final (10 steps each with 6 RPM range tables)
    • Drive Frequency (10 steps)
    • Drive Minimum (10 steps)
    • Reverse (No Rev – Rev Delay)
    • Motor Rotation (CW, CCW)
    • Voltage Cut-Off (OFF-Auto-Detect LiPo)
    • Trans/Receiver Rate (SSR Mode, Standard)
    • Data Reset (Keep-Reset)
    • Motor Sensor Test
    • ESC Temperature Runtime Data*
    • Battery Voltage Monitoring*
    • Transmitter Monitoring*
    • Save, Load, and Share Custom Profiles*
    • Firmware updateable*
  • Motor
    • Twice the stator length of 540-size brushless motors for extreme power and torque needed for 4x4 Short Course vehicles, monster trucks, and extreme power enthusiasts
    • Vented end bells for cooler operating motor temperatures resulting in faster speeds and longer run-times
    • Sensor-based system for excellent torque and low-speed driveability
    • Oversized 5mm front bearing for increased load handling and bearing life
    • Rebuildable design with replaceable sensor harness, rotor, sensor board, hand-wound stator, sleeve, both end bells, ball bearings, and hardware
    • Adjustable motor timing to allow fine tuning of motor feel and power band
    • Removable shielded sensor harness plugs into a silicone-sealed gasket to keep dirt and debris from damaging the motor’s sensor plug, and keeps your sensor harness secure
    • Nickel-plated, sintered Neodymium rotor with a rugged 5mm output shaft that is compatible with Novak Mod 1 and 32-pitch steel pinion gears
    • Designed to meet ROAR specifications for 4WD Short Course racing
    • Carries Team Novak’s commitment to excellent quality and support, and a 1 year manufacturers warranty

  • ESC:
    • Motor Type: Sensored Brushless (2,4, and 6-Pole)
    • Fwd/Brk/Rev: Forward / Brake / Reverse (OFF/ON)
    • Input Cells: 2-6S LiPo cells/4-18 NiMH (Lipo recommended for performance setups and when using Dynamic Timing Advance)
    • Size (in/mm): Footprint: 2.2" x 2.4” / 54 x 61mm
    • Height: 1.2" / 31mm (1.7" / 44mm with cooling fan installed)
    • Weight (oz/g): 3.2 oz. (90.7 g) w/o wires
    • On-Resistance (ohms): 0.00040 ohms @ 25°C trans. temperature
    • Motor Limit:
    • 2S- Multi-Pole: 5000Kv or lower; 550-size: 4.5-turn or higher
    • 3S- Multi-Pole: 4000Kv or lower; 550-size: 6.5-turn or higher
    • 4S- Multi-Pole: 3000kV or lower; 550-size: Not recommended
    • 5S- Multi-Pole: 2000kV or lower; 550-size: Not recommended
    • 6S- Multi-Pole: 1700kV or lower; 550-size: Not recommended
    • BEC (volts / amps): 6.0-7.2 volts DC adjustable / 7A Peak
    • Wire Size (GA): 12G Super-Flex Copper-Strand Silicone Wire, factory installed
    • Status LEDs: 5- multi-colored
  • Motor:
    • Number of turns: 4.5T
    • Design: Sensor-based (compatible with any sensored brushless ESC)
    • Input Voltage: 2S Li-Po
    • Magnet: One-piece, multi-pole Sintered Neodymium
    • Watts: 890
    • kV (unloaded): 5,000 RPM/Volt
    • Motor size: Length - 2.84” (72.1mm); Diameter - 1.41” (35.8mm)
    • Shaft diameter: 5mm
    • Rotor diameter: 12.3mm
    • Motor weight: 9.8 oz. (277.8 grams)

This product was added to our catalog on September 2, 2015.