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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.8

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Vehicle Miles: 42,000

Location: Kokomo, IN

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 5,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: DBA 4000 Series Rotor

October 03, 2008

I installed the Hawk HP+ pads for a track day at Gingerman raceway. On the street these pads are perfectly acceptable from a safety perspective, however they do dust considerably (washes off easily) in a very short time and are very noisy under light braking pressures. Having said that, they performed flawlessly at Gingerman. We ran 20min sessions with speed exceeding 100mph with hard braking down to 30-40mph and these pads never showed any sign of fading. Our last session was a full 40min and they never gave up. Once on the track, they got very hot smelling and a little more pedal effort was required (more likely due to the elevated speeds), but once the adjustment was made the pads gave easily modulated fade-free stops time after time.



These pads are probably overkill for autocross and the street, but are perfect for real tracks. For Autocross/street I would highly recommend the Hawk HPS pads, which I run on an every-day basis and are completely silent with great cold bite and very low dusting. Either set of pads (HP+ or HPS) are far better for braking than most stock pads and do not leave pad deposits on the rotors which will lead to vibration (commonly called warpage, though it isn t).
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.0

2006 Pontiac GTO

Vehicle Miles: 28,000

Location: North Hills, CA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 100

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: DBA 4000 Series Rotor

September 22, 2008

The Hawk HP Plus was an absolute waste of my money. They are NOT RACE PADS. 3 sessions, 25 minutes, and each session, within 4 laps my brakes would fail me, overheat. the DBA Rotors have Hawk residue all over them, and will require resurfacing. The pads have less than 50% pad left after less than a single track day. Absolutely dissappointing, especially considering the added cost, false advertisement (should be aggressive street pad/Autocross). I m definately calling Hawk/Tirerack to get a deal on some other pads. Hopefully I ll be returning these sorry excuses for track ready pads, and get something actually worth my $$$. Most frustrating is being in the middle of no-where on a weekend, with shot brakes.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Vehicle Miles: 42,000

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 20,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: DBA 4000 Series Rotor

September 21, 2008

For every day use these are perfect for street and an absolute joy on the track. I have tracked the car with this brake setup a great deal and in turn never fails to slow the car down quickly. Compared to stock these rotors are awesome!
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.0

2006 Honda S2000

Vehicle Miles: 16,000

Location: Orlando, FL

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 300

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

August 03, 2008

I took my S2000 to the track this past weekend bone stock except for these Hawk HP Plus Pads which I had installed before driving to the track. If you have ever driven on a track before do not use these pads, brake fade was an issue and they did not have the stopping power I needed leading me to overshoot several corners. By the end of the weekend they had also destroyed (deeply gouged and warped) the front rotors which I have to replaced and scored the back rotors (these could still be machined). There was nothing left of the pads either - I figured they would be good for at least 2 weekends - I was wrong. These may be an adequate street pad for somone who doesn''t mind cleaning their wheels alot, and for your first track event before you are pushing it, but I wouldn''t even recommend that. If you''re going to the track, get a set of pads than can take the heat without braking down and change them before and after you drive. It isn''t difficult and is good to know how to do anyway - it can save you a bunch of money too.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Vehicle Miles: 15,000

Location: DEERTON, MI

Driving Style: Average

Miles of
product use: 1,100

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

July 29, 2008

I use the Hawk HP+ pads for HPDE events totalling about 14-20 days a year. They work fine but do glaze up a bit. I have never had a failure with them. They dust up the wheels considerably but I am more interested in performance on the track than aesthetics. However, I seem to be putting more stress on the pads than in the past and I may have to switch to a more dedicated track pad for track days.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.0

2000 Audi S4

Vehicle Miles: 85,000

Location: detroit, mi

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 35,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

July 28, 2008

First, if you just put these pads on, they will scream if you even think of slowing down. If you bed them in properly, they will squeal when they get warm at every stop. If you clean the rotors, bed them in, really exercise them (i.e. track day), the squeal almost completely disappears. They are about the best dual purpose pads I have found, with plenty of cold bite and the ability to handle track days.

If you want one set of pads that will work well on the track with excellent performance on the street, and are willing to put up with dust and the occasional squeal, these pads are for you.

If you want to say you have high performance brakes, but don''t want any dust or noise, move on to something else.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.4

1999 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Vehicle Miles: 60,000

Location: CHESHIRE, CT

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 13,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Brembo Replacement Rotor

July 18, 2008

Intially the pads are very responsive, after a few events they get less grabby, and become easier to modulate. They do dust a lot, and have a bit of vibration under light use, but they are liveable on the street. When they are hot they grab like a racing pad, and I haven''t faded them yet even with 80 second runs on R-compounds. On street tires without ABS you will be fighting with lockup. I would recommend them for autocross and track days in a light vehicle, but to maximize their benefits I would also recommend R-comps. In cold temperatures and short courses these are not the pads, as they need some heat to generate torque; I tend to drag them to the line. Good all around pad if don''t mind the dust and NVH.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6

2004 Honda Civic Si Hatchback

Vehicle Miles: 50,000

Location: Vancouver, BC

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 10,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

June 28, 2008

Daily driven, autoX, and some track days. Has very good bite for a street pad and especially great for autox. Can survive a track day if you''re a novice but you''ll quickly find that the hp+ isn''t up to the task as soon as you become more confident on track. It is however extremely noisy and kicks out a decent amount of dust, more so than any other street pad I have ever used and I have gone through lots.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2000 Honda Prelude SH

Vehicle Miles: 98,500

Location: Hazleton, pa

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 5,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Brembo Replacement Rotor

June 16, 2008

Hands down the best bang for your buck upgrade on a street car. Instant response with extremely hard bite and no fade at all. Nearly stopped my Prelude on a dime and I will put these on all 4 corners on my Legacy GT.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8

2003 Ford Focus SVT

Vehicle Miles: 91,000

Location: BLOOMINGTON, IN

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 1,800

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

June 10, 2008

I have put approx 500 miles of track mileage on these pads and they have been great. I use them on a Ford Focus with SVT focus brakes and experience no fade even at the end of a 30 minute lapping session where I used them quite hard.



The pads do however wear fairly quickly with this extremely hard use. They are over halfway gone already and may survive one more lapping weekend.



On the street they are ok when its warm outside, but there is definitely a lack of braking torque when they are cold and they can be quite useless when they are below 50F. Definitely not a pad to use through the winter.
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