New from Novak:
Team Novak announces a makeover to its most popular speed control. The all-new GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC (#1709) is a speed control for the modern, entry-level racer. This GTB now includes many new features including built-in protection in an effortless, clean, and technological design. The GTB 2 includes every feature a Sportsman class driver would want, without timing adjustments or a PC interface. This ESC provides the industry with a spec speed controller, ensuring even competition among Sportsman Class racers. As a company specializing in high-end R/C electronics, Novak is proud to release an affordable racing speed control of this caliber with the company’s reputable and trusted name.
CLASSIC GTB NAME
The GTB has been a trusted speed control since 2005. This is why Novak has kept many of its signature features. The GTB 2 meets ROAR Sportsman Class guidelines and has a user-friendly One-Touch Programming Interface. Just like its predecessor, the GTB 2 has multiple adjustable parameters, including Minimum Brake and Drag Brake. It has the updated Novak Thermal Overload Protection, which detects when the speed control‘s temperature rises too high; it then drops the ESC’s power so drivers can safely maneuver their vehicle off the track.
Novak’s new speed control includes Built-In Voltage Cut-Off Circuitry, which monitors the vehicle’s battery pack’s voltage and prevents the batteries from going below the critical safety voltage level. It is sensor-based for excellent torque and low-speed drivability. The GTB 2 has an extremely low on-resistance for its price point. Customers can enjoy this ESC for the same low price as the original GTB (#1710), with a street price aimed under $100! The GTB 2 is clearly the highest performing ESC for Sportsman class racing at such a low cost!
A MODERN SPEED CONTROL
The GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC would not be a Novak product if it wasn’t upgraded with the latest features available. The GTB 2 features the patent-pending NovaBrakes™. This revolutionary braking system provides instantaneous braking under any condition. The brake response is smooth and immediate at any speed or throttle position, ridding the ESC of brake delay. This new braking system has completely transformed the feel, response and use of traditional brakes.
Not only does the GTB 2 come with excellent Default Programming, but it includes features such as Throttle Curve Selection (Linear/Expo), Brake Curve Selection (Linear/Expo), Adjustable Brake Frequency, Adjustable Brake End Point, and an Adjustable Drive Frequency. The GTB 2 also includes a selectable Motor Rotation and has an all new Cross-Cut ESC heat sink for reduced weight and efficient cooling.
An all new Racing Power Trans-Cap Module – 2S LiPo and 4-6 cell NiMH (#5678) is also included. This updated Trans-Cap Module is smaller and more compact than the previous Novak module (#5679). This item will also be available for replacement purchase.
FUNCTIONAL AND COOL RACING
Included in the GTB 2’s long list of features, Novak’s temperature indicator that allows racers to check their ESC’s temperature during or after each run also comes standard in this ESC. This indicator is so accurate that many racers use it in place of a temperature gun. A quick tap on the One Touch™ button will display the speed control’s temperature via the on-board LEDs.
Additionally, Novak’s Hall Sensor Test™ quickly verifies if the sensor harness and sensors in the motor are functioning properly without any risk to the ESC or motor. This Hall Sensor Test is an invaluable tool when troubleshooting at the race track. This feature works with all Novak motors.
FAIR AND EVEN SPORTSMAN RACING
One of the best qualities about the new GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC is its signature purpose as a Sportsman Class and Entry-Level ESC. It is perfect for the racer who wants a small, reliable and modern speed control without Timing Levels, Timing Set Point Adjustments or a PC Interface to alter its settings. Novak is pleased to release a speed control perfect for the rising popularity of Sportsman Class Racing.
The GTB 2 is an all-purpose speed control for On-Road, Off-Road or Oval Racing, and is compatible with all Novak 540-size and 550-size sensored brushless motors. It’s compact, small and light-weight design combined with a cross-cut heat sink for reduced weight make it perfect for many different vehicles of many shapes and sizes. The GTB 2 features a highly water resistant case with a silicone seal gasket and includes a cooling fan. It meets RoHs compliance and includes Novak’s 120-Day Warranty.
The #1709 GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC will be available in December, just in time for the holidays!
NOVAK’S GTB 2 ESC FEATURES
- Multiple adjustable parameters via on-board programming: Minimum Brake (0-30%), Drag Brake (0-30%), Minimum Drive (0-15%), Dead Band (2-8%), Throttle Curve (Linear/Expo), Brake Curve (Linear/Expo), Brake Frequency (1.67-13.7 KHz), Brake End Point (10-100%), Drive Frequency (16-7 KHz), Reverse, Motor Rotation, Voltage Cut-Off, Hall Sensor Test
- Meets ROAR Sportsman Class Racing Guidelines
- Built-in diagnostic temperature monitoring that lets you quickly check the ESC’s operating temperature at any time
- On-board Hall Sensor Test to easily and quickly verify that the motor’s sensors are working properly
- NovaBrakes™ provide instantaneous braking under any timing condition
- Sensor-based for excellent torque and low-speed driveability
- User friendly One-Touch programming interface with five colored status LEDs to help personalize the speed control’s settings
- Compatible with the entire 540 and 550-sized Novak brushless motor lines
- Robust 3-amp BEC for strong and fast steering response under any condition Highly Water-resistant case
- Cross-cut ESC heat sink for reduced weight and efficient cooling
- Meets RoHS compliance and includes 120-Day Warranty
- Designed, assembled and tested by Novak in Irvine, Calif., using globally sourced components
NOVAK’S GTB 2 ESC SPECS
Motor Type …………………………. Sensored Brushless
Fwd/Brk/Rev……………………….. F / B / R
Input Cells ………………………….. 1-2S LiPo/LiFe or 4-6 NiMH
Size (w/o fan) (in/mm) ………….. 1.16” x 1.47” x 0.97” (29.5 x 37.3 x 24.6 mm)
Weight (w/o wires) ……………….. 1.29 oz. (36.6 g)
On-Resistance …………………… 0.00040 ohms @ 25°C trans. temp.
Motor Limit …………………………. 540-Size: 3.5T; 550-Size: 4.5T
BEC …………………………………… 6.0 volts DC / 3.0 amps
Power Wire Size ………………….. 14G Super-Flex Copper-Strand Silicone Wire
Status LEDs ………………………. 5
REPLACEMENT / OPTIONAL PARTS
#5304 or #5309 Plug-In Input Signal Harness (Mini-JST) (optional/replacement)
#5331 ESC 14GA Battery Harness with Traxxas Plug (optional)
#5332 Brushless Motor Connector Wire Set — 14GA (optional)
#5351-#5353 Brushless Shielded Sensor Harnesses (optional)
#5508 14G Brushless Motor & Battery Wire Set (replacement)
#5512 12G Silicone Power Wire Set: 3 feet Black, Red, and Blue (optional)
#5602 Remote Power Programming Switch (replacement)
#5649 or #5653 Black Cooling Fans 25x25x10mm—2mm Mini Plug (replacement)
#5678 Lightweight Power Trans-Cap Module – 2S LiPo
#5731 or #5741 Low-Loss Power Connector – 5 sets (optional)
#5831-#5833 Lead-Free Silver Solder (optional)
#5850/#5851 Heat Shrink Tubing (optional)
#5090 Traxxas® Slash 4X4™ ESC Mounting Plate (optional)
Trevor “Chilly” Duncan
Online News Editor
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