Exactly. It depends on the track as to whether OEM's are adequate. After I learned to drive a bit, the fade on OEMs at Road Atlanta got downright scary. No problem now with the Carbotechs. (Except that I leave them on all the time and squeal like a stuck pig at slow stops around town!)^ I haven't been punishing the brakes too bad yet. There are only 4 braking zones on the North Course where you can really get on the brakes...and plenty of time in between for them to cool a little. I would normally go through a set of OEM pads in a weekend (North or Full course). The OEM pads fade more as they wear (of course), so I've been using the second half of some worn pads the first day, then putting brand new pads on for the second day when I'm going faster and braking more.
But clearly I've started to exceed the OEM pads' capabilities, which is why I've moved to the Carbotechs.
I'd be interested as well. I've only done Summit and have been meaning to try VIR but it's difficult to justify the distance vs. Summit from DC.absolutely, would be great to see another Supra there. I'm hoping to be ready by late summer/early fall. Might try to do something earlier in my MR2T since it is already setup as a track car.
Haven't had mine long enough to know how long they last, but I must have now done 20+ track sessions (circa 20mins at a time ... We have about 4 session a track day unless I go on a full day) on these ones so far plus lots of hard weekend usage and they still seem like they have loads of life left in them......helps to have a supra that now weighs around 3100lbsdee_rz and Nick, can I expect my Carbotech XP10 pads to last significantly longer than stock pads? I ask because they cost 4 times as much as a set of stock pads. dee_rz, which pad compound do you have?