From digest.v7.n1125 Thu Feb 12 18:46:54 1998
From: "Carl Buckland" <buckland_at_>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 13:25:28 +0000
Subject: Extending Track Pad Life
Bob is correct about the Hawks. The Blues used to be the standard,
but most (including me) who used them had excessive rotor wear. My
rotor wear remains, however, and is a fact of track life.
But, I think that my increased rotor life comes from a combination of
NOT ONLY using Peformance Friction pads, but also: Brake Ducting,
drilled/slotted/or Motorsport rotors, and more judicious use of my
brakes. This final point, careful use of the brakes, is important.
I don't charge hard every lap, but rather let things cool off every
couple of laps. Also, if there is a particular corner that takes
brutal braking, like, for example, turn 2 at Laguna Seca, I will,
every few laps, back off WAY back in the approaching straightaway,
and just "coast" (all things relative) into turn 2, so the brakes
can get a brake. Finally, I let the brakes cool completely before
coming in off the track. Sometimes I will even drive around the
paddock or outlying roads for a few minutes before parking.
All this said, I think that the PF 90's have considerably added to my
braking ability and longevity.
> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 13:36:46 -0500
> From: Bob Stommel <rstommel_at_iquest.net>
> Subject: Track pads
Dan M asks:
> >> Trying to locate a dealer who sells Ferrodo Pads, can anyone point me in a
> >> direction?
>>Carl B answers:
> >Not for the track, I hope. In all honesty, I know nothing about
> >Ferrodos, but I DO know a lot about Perf Friction 90's, and I think
> >that they are fabulous. Work well, warm up rapidly, don't fade, last
> >forever (I am going on a second year of track events, two drivers),
> >and here is the bonus: clean, quiet, and rotor friendly.
> >That's my opinion.
>Bob St says
> I can second Carl's recommendation for PF 90s. I ran one set for 5 driver
> schools last year on an E36 M3 and still had some pad left on the rears.
> No rotor warpage, no squealing, and minimal brake dust that cleans off
> easily. Wish I could say the same for the Hawk Blues I ran on the E30 M3
> race car last year. Hawk ought to give away a set of rotors with each set
> of pads.
> Bob Stommel
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