V-Sport talks to Chris about his experience with the Hawk DTC60 after 9 months and 3 track days.
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Hawk DTC60 update + Introduction of Hawk Sector27 Discs.
Original Review – Hawk DTC60 Stree/Track Pads Review by Chris
For those that know what I’m like, it will come as no surprise that I was a little concerned about trade-offs that come with the increased performance of a brake pad like the Hawk DTC60 over say, the Ferodo DS2500’s (my last 2 sets of brake Pads).
I mean there had to be a trade-off, right? Increased bite and increased temp range means the pads would be more aggressive on the discs, but how much?
To better answer the above it’s important to understand how much work the pads have done, keeping in mind that on most occasions, I will drive my car on the street for about a week either side of an event. This means commuting to and from work and life’s other not so exciting trips, these KM were not counted.
Here is what the last 9 or so months looked like:
NSCC Tarmac Rally Sprint Series, total 6 events. A 3.5km course, consisting of 2 recce runs and 5 timed runs per event.
Circuit Club Track Day at Wakefield Park, 3 sessions before rain intervened.
VolksWagen Nationals Super Sprint SMSP South Circuit, 4 x 10 minute session.
Here is how the pads look today. From a starting thickness of 15mm, they’re sitting at just over 50% life.
Confession time, I messed up, I didn’t measure the disc thickness prior to fitting the pads, which is big shame as the data would have been handy.
Here is how the discs look now, at just over 31.4 mm thick from a DBA listed new thickness of 32mm.
To be clear the Hawk DTC60’s aren’t a street pad, they aren’t trying to be, but will tolerate being driven to and from the track. This is a massive plus for anyone without the luxury of a trailer.
The commutes to work and between events are completely acceptable, the pads still work as they did when new, with higher bite levels than Ferodo DS2500’s, even at the first set of traffic lights in single digit temps. This increase in bite or friction level will mean accelerated disc wear when cold.
Do they squeal? Yes.
Do they generate dust? Yes
Both of which are characteristics of a circuit pad, interestingly as my appreciation of their ability on the track continues to grow, my gripes about dust and noise vanish.
Are they more expensive? Yes, $267.00 for DS2500 compared to $509.00 for the DTC60.
Are they worth it? Very simply, yes.
The Hawk DTC60 are a perfect upgrade for anyone who’s driving (or car) has outgrown a street and track pad. Perhaps not as versatile, but very much the next level in performance. If you’ve not used a true sprint brake pad, you will be impressed.
From the RallySprint to the SuperSprint, their performance was flawless. An out lap of SMSP South Circuit would get the temps up adequately with no surprises in regards to bite level. This simply builds more confidence by having a consistent friction level through the session, a massive plus in my eyes.
In a perfect world, I would have kept the street kilometers down as this would have meant a consistent transfer layer on the disc and this would have translated to a longer lasting disc and pad.
As my car was going through prep for Evo Nats 2015, we received the first shipment of Hawk’s Sector27 discs. While my DBA4000 discs still have plenty of session left in them, I couldn’t resist grabbing a set of discs to try, stay tuned for a review.
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