Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo w/X-Drive (4.5T) (SC10 4x4)

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This is the Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo, with an included 12 tooth, 32 pitch pinion gear, and is intended for use with the Associated SC10 4x4. The Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC is the first speed control specifically designed to meet the rigors of short course racing. In fact, it includes everything any short course enthusiast could ever want in a speed control: It boasts electronic timing, on-board programming with 14 adjustable parameters, a brand new braking system, and it comes with the most powerful short course motor available. Stop your search here; Novak has the short course system for you!


  • What is Novak’s X-Drive? This new update significantly improves the throttle feel and response. It also reduces the ESC’s operating temperatures for more efficient operation. Team drivers, test drivers, and customers who have run the Havoc Pro SC with X-Drive in side-by-side comparisons to their original ESC have all noticed an incredibly smooth feel, improved drivability, lower temperatures, and overall higher performance resulting in faster lap times and longer run times.
  • How Does Novak’s X-Drive Work? Simple. The switching speeds of the ESC’s transistors have been drastically increased. Speeds of this nature have not been considered until now. Novak engineers have developed this exclusive firmware and hardware update that permit the Havoc Pro SC to have the absolute best response times and switching speeds.

Novak has piled on numerous new features to completely reinvent the Havoc Pro SC. From its smaller case and new cross-cut heat sink to its completely redesigned software, you won’t even recognize it! Among the Havoc Pro SC’s many new features is its Dynamic Timing Advance™. This electronic motor-timing feature has eight adjustable timing settings and increases the motor RPM dynamically throughout the throttle band. The additional RPM, in turn, results in higher speeds and improved speed control performance. Moreover, Novak added a timing indicator LED, which will illuminate white whenever timing is activated. This feature will help aid club racing events that run timing and non-timing events.

To combat overheating while timing advance is activated, Novak has upgraded its Thermal Overload Protection™ feature. If the ESC starts to overheat, the speed control will turn off the timing advance. If ESC’s temperature continues to rise, a second thermal-protection feature will engage. This feature drops the speed control’s power to 25 percent, so drivers can safely maneuver their vehicle off of the track. This refined protection feature is exclusive to Novak’s newest sensored speed controls, like the Havoc Pro SC.

On top of that, Novak is introducing a temperature indicator that alerts racers of their ESC’s temperature after each run. This indicator is so accurate that many racers use it in place of a temperature gun. A quick tap on the One Touch™ button at the end of a run will display the speed control’s temperature via a blinking LED.

Another feature that originated with Novak’s design team is the patent-pending NovaBrakes™. This revolutionary braking system provides instantaneous braking under any timing condition. Additionally, the brake response is incredibly smooth and immediate at any speed or throttle position, ridding the ESC of brake delay. In short, this new braking system has completely transformed the feel, response and use of traditional brakes.

Combined with the NovaBrakes™, Novak has refined the Havoc Pro SC’s brake and drive frequency settings, and added a brake end point adjustment to provide drivers with unparalleled brake and throttle tuning options. The brake and drive frequency settings allow users to experiment with a softer or heartier brake and throttle input.

Additionally, Novak has equipped the Havoc Pro SC with a Hall Sensor Test™. When activated, this test quickly verifies if the sensor harness and sensor 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.

Novak’s 550-sized motors are a powerful complement to the sophisticated Havoc Pro SC. The Ballistic 550s are so dominant because of their extra long stator and rotor magnet. In fact, the stator and rotor magnet are twice the length of 540-sized motors, giving them twice the torque of an equivalent 540 motor. Additionally, these larger-sized motors run cooler and more efficiently than their 540 counterparts. On top of that, the Ballistic 550s are allowed by ROAR for 4WD Short Course racing. And like the Ballistic name implies, these motors are completely rebuildable and feature interchangeable wound stator construction.

Havoc Pro SC System Features:

  • Updated with Novak X-Drive™ for enhanced throttle response, ultra-smooth power delivery, higher top speeds, and cooler operating temperatures.
  • Multiple adjustable parameters via on-board programming: Minimum Brake (0-30%), Drag Brake (0-30%), Minimum Drive (0-15%), Timing Level (0-42°), Timing Set Point (19,500-4,000), 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
  • 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
  • Allowed by ROAR for 4WD Short Course racing
  • Built-in diagnostic temperature monitoring to quickly check the ESC's operating temperature at any time.
  • User friendly One-Touch programming interface with five colored status LEDs to help personalize the speed control’s settings
  • 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
ESC Specifications:
Input Voltage: 2S Li-Po cells, 2S Li-Fe cells or 4-6 Ni-MH cells (1.2V/cell)
ESC Footprint: 1.16x1.47” (29.5x37.3 mm)
Weight (without wires): 1.29 oz. (36.6 g)
Design: Sensor-based
Motor Limit: All 3.5-turn (540-sized) and all 4.5-turn (550-sized) sensored brushless motors
On-Resistance (brushless): 0.00040 ohms @ 25°C trans. temp.
BEC: 6.0 volts DC / 3.0 amps
Status LEDs: 5
Power Wires: 14G Super-Flex Copper-Strand Silicone Wire

Motor Specifications:
Number of turns: 4.5T
Design: Sensor-based (compatible with any sensored brushless ESC, such as Havoc Pro, GTB & Havoc 3S)
Input Voltage: 2S-3S Li-Po (#3504 & #3505)
Magnet: One-piece, multi-pole Neodymium
Watts: 890 (#3504)
Kv (unloaded): 5,000 (#3504)
Motor size: 2.84”, 72.1mm (length); 1.41”, 35.8mm (diameter)
Shaft diameter: 5mm
Motor weight: 10.1 oz. (286.3 grams)

NOTE: Although some Ballistic 550 motors can be run on 3S, these Havoc Pro SC/Ballistic 550 systems can only be run on 2S.

This product was added to our catalog on June 1, 2011.

Ken Hallack
Monday, Aug 8 2011 (about 5 years ago)
Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo w/X-Drive (4.5T) (SC10 4x4)
Bought this and installed it today. After taking over an hour to swap from my old 540 setup, I was ready to hit the track. After less than one lap, my SC10 4x4 came to a stop! Turns out, "out of the box" the motor was already burned up! Fortunately the place I bought it swapped it (the motor) for another one they had in stock. After that it was all AWESOME! I am very pleased with the power that this 550 motor makes, although I am not super impressed with the ESC. For starters the cooling fan is not mounted very well. My truck took a spill after a jump and the cooling fan just came completely off. I will remount it using some matel screws instead of the cheap plastic screws it came with. Also the ESC seems to run much hotter than expected, especially since I am using just a two cell (which is what is recommended). Not a very good experience for the first purchase from NOVAK, but will see how long this setup lasts and maybe they can be forgiven????)
Wednesday, May 2 2012 (about 5 years ago)
Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo w/X-Drive (4.5T) (SC10 4x4)
this motor and esc are very bad quality. the esc burns very easy, and the waranty os very bad)
Jim Yost
Wednesday, Oct 12 2011 (about 5 years ago)
Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo w/X-Drive (4.5T) (SC10 4x4)
i have received this system a good while ago and put it into my sc10 4x4,put it out on track and didnt move when i hit the throttle,sent it back to novak and told them my problem,they said they fixed it but they didnt. Sent it back and told them to send me a new one,they did. Found out that the motor had a dead spot. I threw the new motor in it and the thing works so far, IT IS FAST!!! Love it now!)
Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 13 2011 (about 5 years ago)
Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo w/X-Drive (4.5T) (SC10 4x4)
Well it didn't work out of the box. Amain is sending a replacement, thank you. Email to Novak has gone unanswered.)
Alex L
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Oct 11 2011 (about 5 years ago)
Novak Havoc Pro SC Brushless ESC/Ballistic 550 Motor Combo w/X-Drive (4.5T) (SC10 4x4)
After less than 10 minutes on track, my SC10 4x4 came to a stop! ESC is burn!!!
I'm very disappointed with this ESC, but I like motor.
Well, try to connect this motor to LRP ESC.)