Activ8 V2 Competition 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC & HD8 Motor Combo (2,200Kv) by Novak

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This product was added to our catalog on July 14, 2015.

This is the Novak Activ8 V2 Competition 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC Combo with an included 2,200Kv HD8 Motor. The Novak Activ8 V2 and HD8 1/8th Buggy Racing combo was developed for electric 1/8 scale racing at the highest levels of competition. The huge tracks and rugged conditions are the true test of equipment quality and durability. This pure sensor-based racing system has been created specifically for Electric 1/8 racing and provides an incredible combination of power and runtime. But most importantly, durability!

The performance difference is found in the build quality of the system and the core design features of the drive circuitry. Novak's exclusive X-Drive pure sensor-based motor firing technology delivers unparalleled throttle response under any load and through the entire RPM range. Where other ESCs use the bare-minimum technology for motor firing, X-Drive uses advanced motor commutation methods to ensure the cleanest and most efficient drive. Add to that Novak's proven NovaBrakes™ and you have the most natural feeling motor control system on the market. In addition to great feel, brakes and consistency, the Activ8 V2 has Novak's complete on-board Super Tuner Plus programming interface, and works with the Pit Wizard Plus Programming Box for complete ESC adjustability in the palm of your hand.  

Pure Sensor-Based Design
Sensor based motor technology has been the mainstay of all competitive racers and teams. The speed control constantly knows exactly where the motor's rotor is, and can deliver extremely smooth and controlled response. The motor does exactly what you tell it, exactly when you tell it. You cannot be more connected to your throttle then you are with Novak's 100% pure, sensor-based motor firing.

Heavy-Duty System
Racing and hardcore bashing is demanding. Easing up is simply not an option. Going for the win requires equipment that is ready for anything. The Activ8 V2/HD8 System has been built to withstand anything electric 1/8 racing has in store, and uses high-quality and rugged components to ensure your vehicle keeps running pack after pack.

  • Internal ESC Shock Protection – In order to keep internal components safe from shock, vibration, and the elements, the Activ8 V2 features a gasket seal and a lower shock damper both made of high-grade silicone. This dual-barrier system not only keeps the dirt out, but it prevents harsh shock damage from being transferred to the ESC. The circuit boards are actually nestled in a silicone bed and sealed along all sides.
  • Full-Coverage ESC & Motor Heat Sinks – For proper heat dissipation, the Activ8 V2 takes full advantage of its robust size and features a full-size, cross-cut heat sink that has direct contact with all of the power MOSFETs, using and advanced thermal transfer pad. This pad fills all the gaps and completely covers the MOSFETs. More heat transfer from each MOSFET increases efficiency and reliability. A large full coverage cooling fan and fan guard are also included. The HD8’s completely enclosed motor can is precision-machined billet aluminum with heat sinking to provide a large surface area for maximum cooling and long life.
  • Heavy Duty High-Power PCB – The Activ8 V2 uses extremely heavy-duty and thick PC boards that are embedded with oversized, pure copper traces to ensure your ESC performs at its best. Power capacitors are connected directly to the ESC's drive circuit and benefit from cooling exposure.
  • Huge Power Wires – The Activ8 V2 comes factory-installed with 12 gauge silicone battery and motor power wires that are easy to replace for factory-like, re-wire jobs. The HD8 motor has heavy-duty solder tabs for maximum efficiency.
  • Tough-Built Motor – The HD8’s stator is wound with high-temperature thick copper wire and epoxy-dipped; the high-strength Neodymium rotor is wrapped for added durability; the high RPM bearings are constructed of ABEC 5 and treated with Novak’s exclusive Speed Lube premium bearing oil to extend life and increase RPM; and heavy-duty mounting holes and full-size hardware.

Fully Programmable ESC

Novak’s Super Tuner Plus firmware has everything to deliver unmatched performance and usability in the high-end, high-voltage ESC category. On-board programming is complete, and all 20 parameters can be fully adjusted via the One-Touch button and 5 multi-colored LEDs for unlimited tuning options. The Activ8 V2 includes 5 factory-set profiles, each of which is completely customizable allowing drivers to create their own blend of profiles for their applications. The Activ8 V2 is also compatible with Novak’s Pit Wizard Plus (NOV4100)! This external programming box features a 2-line LCD display and allows racers to quickly scan an ESC’s profile setting for on the fly tuning. In addition to ESC profile adjustments, the Pit Wizard Plus allows for firmware updates and additional system monitoring.

Completely Rebuildable Motor with Full Part Support
Like all Novak brushless motors, the ROAR approved HD8 buggy motor is completely serviceable and rebuildable. At the track, service and repairs are a snap and you will be back to turning laps right away. Replaceable sensor harness (available in several lengths), replaceable rotor, replaceable stator, and replaceable bearings are available. You will be back into action in no time!

Added Protection

  • Low-Voltage Protection – The LiPo pack voltage is monitored thousands of times per second. In order to prevent the pack from ever falling below the critical safety voltage, the ESC will simply reduce the power, slowing down the vehicle.
  • Thermal Protection – The ESC keeps tabs on its core operating temperature and will back down its power to prevent the ESC from overheating. On-Board
  • Temperature Diagnostics – With a quick tap of the One-Touch button, multi-colored LEDs will indicate how hot the ESC is for instant temperature information.
  • Error Sensing – The ESC constantly monitors various circuitry outputs to provide feedback via multi-colored LEDs, allowing for quick trouble-shooting.
  • Motor Lock-Up Protection – If your drive train or motor becomes bound up or jammed, the ESC will detect this and cut the power to prevent damage.
  • Hall Effect Sensor Test – This built-in test allows you to confirm that your motor’s sensors and sensor harness are in good working order.

Novak Supported

Novak takes pride in its use of high-quality components and assembly and testing processes. Each Novak Activ8 V2 Racing ESC is designed, assembled in the Novak factory in Lake Forest, CA to Novak’s exacting standards. The Activ8 V2 ESC and HD8 Motor were engineered to work together for optimal performance. Each system is tested at the Novak factory to make sure the product performs to it’s high standards at the time of purchase and beyond. All Novak products are supported by Novak’s knowledgeable customer support staff and race team, and include Novak's One-Year Product Warranty.

ESC Features:

  • Pure sensor-based system
  • Designed to withstand harsh racing/bashing conditions
  • Engineered for maximum power and torque
  • Powerful and responsive braking
  • Ultra-smooth power delivery
  • Superior vibration protection using dual-level shock system (ESC)
  • Full-coverage ESC heat sink with large cooling fan
  • 5 customizable/savable throttle profiles
  • Easy, on-board Super Tuner Plus™ firmware with 5 multi-colored LEDs
  • Compatible with Pit Wizard Plus Programming Box
  • Highly water & dirt resistant design
  • Installed 12GA battery and motor power wires
  • High-strength 4-pole sintered Neodymium, Kevlar-magnet magnet
  • High-temperature, thick copper magnet wire
  • Epoxy-dipped 12-slot stator
  • Dual precision ball bearings
  • High-current solder tabs
  • Heavy-duty output shaft
  • Rebuildable motor design with full support parts
  • Meets ROAR 1/8th standards
Programming Features (ESC 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 (Standard, SSR Mode)
  • Data Reset (Keep-Reset)
  • Motor Sensor Test
  • ESC Temperature Runtime Data*
  • Battery Voltage Monitoring*
  • Transmitter Monitoring*
  • Save, and Load Custom Profiles*
  • Firmware updateable*

Motor Features:

  • ROAR Approved
  • Completely enclosed design
  • Sensored and sensorless operation
  • High-strength 4-pole sintered Neodymium magnet
  • Engineered for maximum power and torque
  • Wrapped and balanced rotor
  • High-temperature, thick copper magnet wire
  • Epoxy-dipped 12-slot stator
  • Replaceable, heavy-duty, insulated, double-ended sensor harness
  • Dual precision ball bearings
  • High-current solder tabs
  • Fast switching, high-temperature sensors
  • Heavy-duty output shaft
  • CNC machined 6061 T6 billet aluminum ribbed heat sink can
  • Rebuildable design
  • Solderless timing assembly
  • Multiple bolt patterns

  • Activ8 V2 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)
    • Weight (oz/g): 3.2 oz. (91.7 g) w/o wires)
    • On-Resistance (ohms): 0.00040 ohms @ 25°C transistor 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): Super-Flex Copper-Strand Silicone Wire, factory installed
    • Status LEDs: 5 multi-colored
  • Novak HD8 Motor:
    • Motor Size: 1.57”D x 2.80”L (40 x 71mm)
    • Design: Sensor-based
    • Magnet: 4-pole
    • Stator: 12-slot
    • Kv (unloaded): 1900 (#3186), 2200 (#3187)
    • Max Voltage*: 4S LiPo / 14.8V NiMH (LiPo recommended for performance setups and when using Dynamic Timing Advance)
    • Motor Weight: 11.8 oz / 334.5 g
    • Output Shaft: 5mm diameter x 19mm length w/flat
    • Recommended ESC: Novak Activ8 V2 (NOV1726)

  • *Requires Pit Wizard Plus Programming Box (NOV4100) sold separately
  • **Timing is limited in 3S-4S operation; timing is not available in 5S or 6S modes or when using reverse motor rotation