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Beyond OEM: How Hawk Brake Pads Take Your Subaru to the Next Level -

Beyond OEM: How Hawk Brake Pads Take Your Subaru to the Next Level

Written by: The Modfather



Time to read 5 min

Hawk Performance understands exactly what today's performance users need. Their engineers spent serious time in development to produce a composite material that exceeds the exact standards for performance braking. We frequently talk to drivers who know that Hawk’s series of performance brake pads are engineered to minimize brake noise, vibration, and harshness as they deliver a smooth and quiet driving experience each time they grab the wheel. For the serious and safe, Hawk provides premium pads without cutting corners. This company wants the driver to enjoy and appreciate reduced brake pad wear, longer rotor life, and a responsive design that makes them an important and dependable brand.

Hawk Performance is huge in the motorsports world existing as an official brake product for premiere organizations including the National Auto Sport Association, the SCCA, and many others. Hawk Performance covers all areas between the daily driver and the professional racer, but always keeps pushing the advances of braking technology as they bring concept to completion each year. Hawk Performance should always be on the modifier’s radar when benefits of ultra-low dust, improved stopping power, extended pad life, stable friction output should be an important option.

Whats The Difference?

Selecting the right brake pad compound for optimal performance involves considering available options compatible with your calipers and racing type. Determine your car's brake system temperature using heat-sensitive paint or tire pyrometers. Gather insights from drivers with similar driving styles or speak to a member of our team or the experts at Hawk! Understand that different racecars, surfaces, and driving styles may require varied braking performance levels, and individual preferences for pedal feel can differ. Experimenting with various friction compounds is key to finding the ideal pad, considering factors like consistency, pedal feel, and wear on rotors and brake pads.

HAWK Performance Ceramic

In today’s world of automotive technology, drivers typically have a good selection of options for brake pads. The choice comes between three types of pads: ceramic vs. semi metallic vs. organic brake pads. It wasn’t until the mid-to-late 20th century when ceramic, metallic and organic brake pads became widely used. Hawk Performance became a premiere manufacturer of this technology. The ceramic brake pads material manufactured by Hawk is much like ceramic pottery and plate compound. In comparison, automotive ceramic brake pad material is much denser and considerably more durable. Ceramic brake pads also have fine copper fibers embedded within them, to help increase their friction and heat conductivity.

One characteristic of their Pads, which has made brands like Hawk Performance so popular, is the lower noise level as they perform quietly in assorted driving scenarios. Drivers also appreciate the reduction of wear and brake residue or dust. Hawk Ceramic Brake Pads tend to produce much less dust and other particles as they wear down. Lastly, drivers also always consider the challenges of temperature along with driving conditions when choosing brakes. Again, as they concentrate on prime performance, Hawk pads have proven to reliable in a broader range of temperatures (100-650 F operating temperatures but a 100-450 F optimal temperature range) and driving conditions, but all their compounds are not compatible with carbon ceramic rotors and designed to work with iron/metal rotors.

Extremely quiet

Ultra-low dust

Improved stopping power

Gentle on rotors for extended pad life


Hawk pads are designed to work with Iron/Metal rotors only!

100-650 F operating temperatures

100-450 F optimal temperature range

Stable friction output

" Hawk PC brake pads stand out as the choice for discerning drivers, offering a silent, low-dust solution with superior stopping power and extended pad life, making them ideal for those who prioritize premium performance across diverse driving conditions."

HAWK High Performance Street

Hawk HPS High Performance Street disc brake pads have earned global acclaim for enhancing the stopping power of your street driven vehicle. Improving the performance of your vehicle's braking system becomes a straightforward task with Hawk Performance's HPS braking compound. This distinctive Ferro-Carbon formula, crafted for street performance, draws on the safety and quality standards of Aerospace and Motorsports severe-duty friction technology.


The High Performance Street compound boasts a superior coefficient of friction compared to stock brake pads, delivering 20-40% more stopping power and heightened resistance to brake fade when compared to most standard replacement pads. Reduced fade ensures a highly durable brake pad with minimal brake dust.

- Increased stopping power
- High friction/torque hot or cold
- Gentle on rotors
- Extended pad life
- Low dust
- Virtually noise-free

"The HPS version of Hawk Brake Pads cater to enthusiasts seeking increased stopping power, consistent performance, and resistance to brake fade for spirited driving in street-legal vehicles."

HAWK High Performance Street 5.0

The High Performance Street 5.0 brake pads, engineered for enthusiasts pushing their vehicles to the edge, delivering unparalleled stopping power and pedal feel while maintaining ABS integrity.

The Ferro-Carbon compound combines aerospace design safety with motorsports braking technology, resulting in improved performance, shorter stopping distances, and street-friendly characteristics, all with aggressive torque, extended rotor and pad life, and consistent brake release for a smooth and controlled braking experience. Designed for use with Iron/Metal rotors within an operating temperature range of 100-750°F, these pads offer the ultimate braking solution for high-performance driving.


- Aggressive torque

- Great rotor & pad wear life

- Smooth & predictable control

- Designed to deliver high deceleration rates

- Consistent brake release characteristics for a smooth braking feel

- 100-750 F operating temperatures

- 100-550 F optimal temperature range

"Hawk Performance's HPS 5.0 brake pads are tailor-made for passionate enthusiasts who demand unparalleled stopping power, smooth control, and extended durability, making them the ideal choice for those pushing their vehicles to the edge in high-performance driving scenarios."

HAWK Dynamic Torque Control

Hawk presents the DTC-60 Hawk Brake Pads, tailored for the challenges of running with extremely high deceleration rates and increased downforce, making it an ideal choice for lightweight front axle applications, with or without ABS, in various racing categories such as NASCAR, ARCA, Super Late models, pavement circle track, Pro 2/Pro 4 Off Road Trucks/Pro Lite, Sports Car/GT/GS, and Open Wheel/Formula.

Offering superior release and torque control, very low abrasive rotor wear, and high torque within an operating temperature range of 400-1600°F, the DTC-60 is recommended when split friction between axles is desired, ensuring excellent modulation and release characteristics for optimal performance.


- Superior release and torque control

- Very low abrasive rotor wear

- Popular choice on lightweight front axle applications, with or without ABS

- Applicable to NASCAR/NASCAR modified, ARCA, Super Late models, pavement circle track, Pro 2/Pro 4 Off Road Trucks/Pro Lite, Sports Car/GT/GS, Open Wheel/Formula

- High torque

- 400-1600 F operating temperatures

- 700-1100 F optimal temperature range

"The Hawk DTC-60 brake pads are the ultimate choice for motorsports enthusiasts pushing the limits with high deceleration rates and increased downforce, delivering superior release and torque control across various racing applications"

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