Novak Electronics Ballistic 8 Sensored Brushless 1/8-Scale Motors

Jul 07, 2011 2 Comments by

From Novak–their newest 1/8-scale brushless motors for buggy and truggy.

Here is Novak’s press release with all the details:

Irvine, CA – July 7, 2011 – Novak is announcing the newest member of its Ballistic motor family—the Ballistic 8 Sensored Brushless Motor. The Ballistic 8 is specifically designed for the rigors of today’s 1:8 racing arena, and will be initially available in two motor winds─1.5Y (Wye-wound) and 2D (Delta-wound). Novak listened to top-level racers to produce
the most rugged, feature-rich motor on the market. The Ballistic 8 includes adjustable motor timing, an inter-changeable wound- stator design, and is built to ROAR specifications. It is perfect for 1:8 scale buggies, truggies and monster trucks from well-known companies such as Associated©, Losi©, Traxxas©, OFNA©, Hot Bodies©, Mugen©, and XRAY©.

NOVAK-DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGY
The first question anyone will ask: What sets the Novak Ballistic 8 Electronics has been designing and manufacturing products in the USA using the best components and manufacturing processes from around the world since 1978, and sensored brushless motors since 2002—longer than any other manufacturer in the RC car market. Developing the Ballistic 8 started from the ground up at the Novak headquarters in Irvine, California. Each motor is hand-wound, and is put through stringent tests to ensure the highest quality.

PERFECTLY BALANCED ROTOR
For years, motor builders have struggled to keep their balancing weights on the motors. 1:8 scale motors operate at extremely high RPM, so adding weights to balance can become problematic. Novak’s Ballistic 8 rotor sets itself apart from the other brands in that it is drill balanced, which removes material. The fact that no epoxy weights are added to the rotor means trouble-free operation since it is virtually impossible for your motor to become out of balance. For further reliability, Novak uses four high-strength Neodymium magnetic segments. These segments are secured not only with high-strength epoxy, but are also precisely located with machined guides that are keyed to the shaft to ensure exact magnetic alignment and prevent the magnets from slipping on the shaft. As a final step, each rotor is given a complete Kevlar wrap and rolled in epoxy to make certain no harm can come to the rotor while in operation.

COMPLETELY REBUILDABLE DESIGN
1:8 scale electric racing is one of the premier forms of off-road today. Having the option to fix any and every aspect of your equipment while at the track is crucial to a successful race weekend. Novak was the first to offer a completely serviceable, rebuildable brushless motor with the original Ballistic 540 and 550 motors, and is extremely pleased to bring this must-have feature to electric 1:8 racing. Every component or assembly of the motor can be purchased separately. The wound stator can even be interchanged to experiment with a different Kv wind.

MORE FEATURES
One of the unique features of the Ballistic 8 is its adjustable mechanical motor timing. Simply loosen the three timing screws on the back end bell and rotate to the desired timing. Once the timing is set, the rear bearing cover can be removed by simply taking out two of the timing screws. This allows removal of the user-replaceable sensor harness and inspection of the rear bearing without altering the timing, and locks the sensor harness in place during normal operation. For problem-free and easy soldering to the ESC, the Ballistic 8 features widely- spaced, solder tabs. Each rugged tab is spaced 35 degrees and is made from extremely, heavy-gauge low-loss copper. Finishing out its rugged design is its 5mm output shaft that is hardened for extra durability.
The Ballistic 8 continues Novak Electronics’ tradition of high quality brushless motor manufacturing. Order one today and make your electric 1:8 scale vehicle go Ballistic!
The Ballistic 8 Sensored Brushless Motor (1.5Y/#3801 & 2D/#3802) will be available in September 2011. Motor replacement parts will be announced and will be available prior to shipping the Ballistic 8.
Novak is also developing the longer length (76.5mm) Ballistic 8L Sensored Brushless Motor and Sensored 1:8 Brushless Speed Control. Refer to the Novak website www.teamnovak.com for further information as it becomes available.

BALLISTIC 8 MOTOR SPECIFICATIONS
Winds ……………………………….1.5-turn Wye-wound (#3801); 2-turn Delta-wound (#3802)

Motor Weight……………………..12.7 oz. (360 g)

Input Voltage ……………………..2S-4S Li-Po

Kv (unloaded)…………………….1,950 (1.5Y); 2,650 (2D)

Resistance (mΩ) ………………..6.5 (1.5Y); 6.75 (2D)

Motor Size …………………………1514 Size: 2.80”L x 1.71”D with fins (71 x 43.5mm)

Output Shaft Dimensions …….5mm diameter x 18mm length

Rotor Diameter…………………..16mm

Design ………………………………Sensored-base

Magnet …………………………….4-pole, Sintered Neodymium

Bearing……………………………..Oversized, flanged ABEC-5

Mounting Holes ………………….M3X0.5 (on 25mmØ), M4X0.7 (on 25mm & 29mmØ)

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2 Responses to “Novak Electronics Ballistic 8 Sensored Brushless 1/8-Scale Motors”

  1. Dez Chand says:

    The 1900Kv sound perfect for 4S Rally Cross and the 2600Kv would be great on 3S, I’d love to give one a run!

  2. John W. Graham Jr. says:

    This Ballistic 8 looks awesome, and I can’t wait to get one in my Losi eight but has there been any indication when or if the Kinetic 4s will be coming out soon and when? Thanks John

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