New and Improved HP+ Compound | Hawk Performance

New and Improved HP+ Compound

New and Improved HP+ Compound

Hawk Performance® has long been known as a leading supplier of high-performance and severe duty friction products for the aftermarket. In an effort to always stay on the cutting edge of friction technology, we continually analyze how to improve our products.

After extensive development, testing, and validation, we have engineered a new and improved version of our popular HP+ compound. HP+ has been the go-to choice for Hawk users for Autocross and other heavy braking needs. Hawk has now combined the best of both HP+ and Street/Race compounds by maximizing the stopping power and fade resistance of our current HP+, while maintaining the street and track versatility of Street/Race.

The new HP+ displays lower pad wear and noticeably improved rotor wear over the two previous compounds. Not only does the new HP+ have reduced pad and rotor wear, but it can be quieter and less dusty with some applications while exhibiting less temperature sensitivity, for improved modulation and driver confidence.

All HP+ product manufactured after July 16, 2018 is manufactured with the new, and improved, formulation. Product is available and in stock for purchase now.

With the performance benefits of the new HP+, Hawk will be retiring the Street/Race compound. The transition from Street/Race to the new and improved HP+ will be seamless with distinct performance advantages. Limited quantities of Street/Race part numbers are available for purchase, while supplies last.

General Questions

Installation Procedure

  1. Install brake pads properly. Be sure pads are securely positioned in the caliper.
  2. Flush system with fresh brake fluid.
  3. Check all hydraulic parts for excess wear and tear.
  4. Check disc for proper thickness, parallelism, and lateral runout.
  5. Check disc for scoring or grooves over .012”depth. If either applies, resurfacing is required.
  6. If discs do not need resurfacing, then contamination from the previous brake pads must be removed. Sand discs with 130-grit sandpaper using moderate pressure. Use soap and water to clean disc surface after sanding and machining. Discs should be free and clear of oil, grease, and brake fluid.
  7. Inspect calipers for freedom of movement. Lubricate where necessary.

Bed-in / Burnishing Instructions

  1. After installing new brake pads, make 6-to-10 stops from approximately 30-35 MPH applying moderate pressure.
  2. Make an additional 2-to-3 hard stops from approximately 40-45 MPH.
  4. Allow at least 15 minutes for the brake system to cool down.
  5. After step 4 is completed, your new Hawk Performance brake pads are ready for use.


Hawk Performance will warranty products to be free of defects from workmanship and materials. This warranty does not apply to normal wear or damage caused by negligence, lack of maintenance, accident, abnormal operations, or improper installation or service. Hawk Performance does not make any other warranty claims, either expressed or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will Hawk Performance be liable for incident or consequential damages of any kind, whether such damages are claimed on account of breach of warranty, breach of contract, negligence, or strict product liability. This includes without limitation, damage to property, or other economic losses that may be incurred.

Any, and all, warranty claims must be processed through Hawk Performance.

All valid warranty claims will be replaced/reimbursed with Hawk Performance brake pads of equal or greater value.

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Key Features

• Longer Rotor Life Attributable to up to an 82% Decrease in Rotor Wear from Old HP+
• Nearly Double Expected Pad Life Due to Reduction in Pad Wear
• Same Stopping Power as Previous HP+ Compounds
• May be Quieter on Some Applications
• Less Temperature Sensitivity for Improved Modulation and Driver Confidence