Per Adam3s's suggestion
, I put EBC yellowstuff pads on my 06 mz3s. I do about 8-12 track days a year and last year ran Akebono Pro-Act/Euro ceramics. They were still good but I had a feeling I could get more from a real track pad.
For the first week while bedding them in they were actually too sticky - they were so touchy I didn't think I'd be able to heel/toe any more. They were also squeaky but there's a note right on the box that says they'll squeal until the "brake in" coating is gone.
This last weekend was first track day of the season at Putnam Park Road Course
. The only other difference in the car is the addition of Hotchkiss rear sway bar (only is an understatement).
The brakes were freakin' amazing! In turn one I was braking nearly 100 feet later (from 100+mph) and with the new sway bar could carry a lot more speed. Results - new record time at Putnam cutting over a second from my old record time (1:28.3 vs 1:29.9). More importantly, lap times were consistent as was braking all the way through 30 minute stints. The tires fall off about 20 minutes in so I never had a chance to see if there was any brake fade.
I haven't driven much since Sunday (I bike to work) but I have noticed that they're still squeaking a bit, most likely because I haven't washed off the dust (I'm lazy).
A lot of the muscle cars that run with this group (10/10th Motorsports) run Hawks. Probably because I was thinking about brakes, they're freaking noisy! All in all, it was a great suggestion and I'm thrilled with the upgrade. Thanks to Adam3s!
Aaron in Indy