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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

1992 Chevrolet Corvette

Vehicle Miles: 180,000

Location: San Pedro, Ca

Driving Style: Average

Miles of
product use: 4,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Power Slot Cryo-Treated Rotor

October 11, 2011

Theses things are noisy. They are dusty... but they will stop on a nickle and make change.



Super impressed. My 92 Corvette has the 1996 Grand Sport caliper and 13" rotor with SS lines. It s about as far as you can go without going aftermarket. I can t wait to track the car with these brakes. I just breathe on the pedal a little bit and my lower back starts to pull away from the seat. INCREDIBLE stopping power.



If you are self conscious about noise, or a an OCD detailer type, stay well clear of these pads. But if you want to STOP... and I mean STOP... get them. You will stop. Like you have never stopped before.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8

2009 Volkswagen Jetta SedanTDI

Vehicle Miles: 39,000

Location: Princeton, NJ

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 38,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: ATE PremiumOne Slotted Rotor

August 12, 2011

I recently installed Hawk HP Plus pads and ATE slotted rotors on both the front and rear of my 2009 Jetta TDI. The HP Plus pads are great, huge improvement in initial bite and overall stopping power. I took the Jetta to a 2-day HPDE (performance driving school) and the brakes performed flawlessly. They were consistent and fade free for the entire 2-day track event. Please note, if you are going to track your car, or drive hard for extended periods of time, you MUST replace your stock brake fluid with an appropriate high-temp variety (I m using ATE Super Blue). Most factory brake fluids simply cannot handle the intense heat generated by repeated high-speed stops.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.8

1990 BMW 325i

Vehicle Miles: 215,000

Location: Bridgewater, NJ

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 100

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Brembo Replacement Rotor

July 19, 2011

THESE ARE NOT TRACK PADS! I purchased these pads as back-ups for my track pads thinking that I could throw them in for my last couple of sessions and then drive home without a pad change. This was a BAD IDEA! After only three 20 minute sessions at Watkins Glen in my 1990 BMW 325i, the pads were destroyed. They also overheated so badly that they ate through the Brembo rotors I had used for the past half dozen track events. These pads are definitely NOT for the track. They might work OK in autocross (though I doubt they d last long) and I m sure they are fine for the street. However, I absolutely cannot recommend them for the track. They did manage to slow the car (though the pedal got very deep after a few minutes) but they only lasted an hour! Anyway... I guess I ve learned my lesson. Many folks enjoy Hawk pads on the track but stick to their dedicated racing pads (DT60s, HT10s, etc) for track use.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6

2003 Ford Mustang Cobra

Vehicle Miles: 27,000

Location: KING, NC

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 2,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Centric Premium Rotor

June 06, 2011

Two track days in 95 degree weather on a track hard on brakes and the brakes performed well and consistent.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2003 Porsche Boxster S

Vehicle Miles: 24,000

Location: DENVER, CO

Driving Style: Average

Miles of
product use: 1,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

May 12, 2011

Surprised at how quiet they were.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.2

2007 Ford Mustang GTCoupe

Vehicle Miles: 39,500

Location: Auburn, AL

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 3,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

April 19, 2011

Tried the HP+ pads on the mustang for a Barber track weekend. The stock pads are very inadequate when it comes to road racing applications, so I tried these as a cheap weekend upgrade. These weren t much better, but then again that might just be the heavy car and the way I stomp on the brakes. Pads would probably work well on a lighter car and definately have a good initial bite for autocross applications but for me the pedal started feeling pretty spongy by about lap 8 or 9 so if your looking for a good track day pad you might want to look into something a little more aggressive.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2003 Nissan 350Z Touring 6-Speed

Vehicle Miles: 117,000

Location: santa cruz, CA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 100

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

April 09, 2011

Just put these HP+ brake pads on my 03 non brembo 350z. I tried bedding them with consecutive 80-20 and 60-0 stops. When i took it on a spirited drive down the local mountain, i realized that they were not bedded fully since they were literally on fire at the bottom of the hill, quite a bit of smoke pouring out of the calipers from the pads. I rolled the car around for a bit to put out the flames, and now, they re great, they seem to be bedded 100% and working excellent. They produce ALOT of noise, but totally worth it. Initial bite is good once they are get some heat into them, when they are cool they are similar to a factory pad. They are strong enough to activate my ABS MUCH quicker than normal - but the stopping power is great. I have yet to get them to fade since the bedding process. Overall great brake pad for the spirited driver/autox er/or track day go er. I may look into performance friction z rated for my next pads though, we ll see.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.2

2001 Chevrolet Corvette

Vehicle Miles: 45,000

Location: Pacifica, CA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 3,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Power Slot Cryo-Treated Rotor

March 27, 2011

The Hawk HP+ pads are extremely aggressive and never quit in a hot, demanding track day at Laguna Seca last year. However, even though broken in according to manufacturer recommendations, both the pads and rotors were toast after 2 - 30 minute sessions and squealed like a stuck pig. I finished 3 more sessions because, after all, how many times do you get to run Laguna Seca? But the rotors and pads were both severely scored and grinding like they were metal to metal, even though there was still half the pad left. The paint on the new rotors literally turned to ash. Mind you, this is a stock C5 Corvette. I since changed to standard Cryo rotors with StopTech street performance pads, and they at least survived the rest of the season (3 more track days at Sears Point and Thunderhill) with only minimal hot spotting, but the pads are finished. I m still looking for the ideal combination of pad and rotor that can survive 4-6 track days a year and still work on the street. I don t mind changing pads once a year but I d like to see the rotors last a couple seasons as these things are big and expensive on a Vette.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.0

2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 CoupeStandard Model

Vehicle Miles: 40,000

Location: Providence, RI

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 2,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Power Slot Power Alloy Cryo-Treated Rotor

February 16, 2011

Ran HP+ pads, Cryo PowerSlot rotors, Castrol SRF fluid with Goodridge lines and Quantuum cooling ducts. BF Goodrich KDW2 tires. Stock calipers. Street, track (intermediate level) and autocross. Phenomenal set up for all around use. On the track they were not unpredictable but did get increased stopping power throughout the day. This made it a little tough to judge braking points but in the right direction at least. Since they were used on the street it was hard to keep them properly bedded. When bedded they sound awesome - like grinding cement - louder on video than my engine. On the street as bedding fades they did squeak but are worth it. Produced tons of dust but my car is a driver so I don t care that much. Pads lasted a season - tossed them. Front rotors had micro cracks on the surface but no through-and-through cracks - good material left but I had to toss. Rear rotors are fine and going back on the car after the winter. I will run the exact same setup this year.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2

2006 BMW M3 Coupe

Vehicle Miles: 55,000

Location: Houston, Tx

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 500

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Power Slot Power Slot Rotor

February 11, 2011

Changes Pads, Rotors & brake lines all in one go in preparation to my second track week end (destroyed the stock brakes during the first one). Very happy with the braking power even at low temperature, and then again the pads heat up very quickly. No noticeable brake fade and much better life (at this rate may only have to change the front pads after a total of 3 week ends). Noise level are not acceptable for street driving, then again these are not designed for that use. So overhaul very satisfied with this great alternative to big brake kits.
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