• High torque with good initial bite
• Excellent release and torque-control characteristics
• Brake pads designed for cars with high deceleration rates
• Extremely high friction output • Ideal for autocross and track day applications • Fade resistant
It's no secret that stock OEM pads are inadequate if you want to go to the track or if you just need more stopping power for your daily commute. Yes, even your prized EVO or STI's brake pads aren't suited for a serious thrashing. That's because OEMs have to compromise for the masses and provide a pad that will be noise-free, generate as little dust as possible and last 70,000 miles while minimizing rotor wear. But for enthusiasts like us, that means we're left with subpar performance, despite our massive four- or six-piston brake calipers and fancy two-piece rotors. We need our brake pads to have high heat capacity and serious fade resistance lap after pad-torturing lap. We want to have a precise and predictable brake pedal with confidence-inspiring feel.
Now before we promise you the Holy Grail, it's important to realize there isn't a single pad out there that has ideal road and track characteristics. You will always have to sacrifice one thing to get the other. Chances are if you want uncompromising high-performance braking, then you're going to have to deal with some extra noise and dust. However, Hawk Performance knows a thing or two about brake compounds and has been able to create a variety of pads that minimize compromise while offering outstanding street and track performance. Hawk's HP-Plus compound is a strong street offering that provides superior bite over OE standards and is fully capable of surviving a thrashing at the track. The DTC-70 compound is a far more aggressive one designed more for the hard-core enthusiast looking for a track-dedicated pad that will provide as much braking bite as possible and due so without any sign of fading during repeated heavy applications of the slow pedal. Between the HP-Plus and DTC-60 compounds, there's a whole spectrum of other pads offered by Hawk that can cater to almost any application or designed performance level.
Having tested the HP-Plus brake pads on our daily driven '08 Subaru WRX, it's remarkable how much more bite and control the HP-Plus provides compared to the stock pads. Gone are the "oh s***!" moments when you have to slam on the brakes to avoid the carnage on Los Angeles freeways. Instead, you have to watch the car behind you to ensure it can stop in as short a distance as you. Additionally, the HP-Plus pads come up to temperature very quickly so they're ready whenever you need them. For us, they're the perfect blend between street and track performance. The only downside is a bit of noise that can occur during light braking.
We were also able to abuse the HP-Plus pads on the track in an SR20-equipped 240SX with an intermediate driver, and after 20 nonstop laps the brakes didn't show any signs of fading. The rims were coated with a bit of dust, but that's to be expected with such abuse. This really is an amazingly capable street and medium-duty track pad.
For the extreme lapping/racing enthusiast, the DTC-60 brake pad is the ultimate no-compromise motorsports pad. As recommended by Hawk, we used the DTC-60 up front and DTC-30 pads in the rear for proper brake proportioning. With our K-swapped Integra project car, we absolutely pounded on the brakes during track testing in an effort to expose some weakness in the DTC-60 compound, but this pad could take everything we threw at it and more. The DTC-60 let us brake deeper and harder than we thought possible, helping us find time around the track in the process. About the only thing it won't do is behave in a quiet and dust-free manner on the street because it's not designed for this type of use, so make sure you have a street pad to drive home on.