Carbotech Brake Pads - NSX, 1991-05


Carbotech specializes in high performance brake pads with emphasis on road race applications. Other pads tend to have a limited performance range at hot operating temperatures and wear into the rotors especially in cold temperatures. What sets Carbotech pads apart from other competition pads in our experience is good cold and hot performance characteristics as well as good rotor wear.

ScienceofSpeed Recommended Brake Pad Rating Sheet

  cold performance hot performance rotor friendliness noise & dusting
Hawk HPS 6 6 8 3


High performance street use - minimal dust/noise with improved performance over stock. Our most popular pad for most street driven vehicles.
Hawk HP+ 7 7 7 4


Street/track/autocross use - slight dust/noise over HPS but better thermal resistance. Can be used easily on the street and track.
Carbotech Panther Plus 7 9 7 7


Excellent choice for track use such as HPDE/driver's ed / time attack / open lapping days. Tremendous brake torque available in cold and hot operating conditions. More versatile operating temperatures than XP which should be used for dedicated track cars running endurance type events. Increased dust and noise but very rotor friendly. Can be used on the street for customers not minding the dust/noise.
Carbotech XP 6 10 6 9


Recommended for dedicated track cars running in endurance type track events. Peak operating conditions biased towards consistent high rotor temps found in endurance events. Rotor friendly but not recommended for street use due to the limited brake power in cold conditions.

for comparison:
factory Honda pad 5 5 9 2
Porterfield R4S 7 7 7 5
Porterfield R4 6 8 5 6
Hawk Black 4 8 4 8
Hawk Blue 3 9 3 9

Based on our experience with testing various brake pad set ups on track, we recommend the following combinations:

  • Carbotech Panther Plus - Recommended for track driving school / HPDE / open lapping / time attack type use. Good performance in cold and hot operating conditions. Very rotor friendly. Minor squeal / dusting. Can be used on the street. This is our most popular combination and the one we recommend to most customers.
  • Carbotech XP 10 (front), XP 8 (rear) - Recommended for track competition use where high endurance / extreme use will result in high rotor temperatures. The heat range is scaled toward constant high rotor temperature performance. Increased squeal / dusting, but far less than other competition pads. Much more rotor friendly than most competition pads.
Carbotech AX6 front set - NSX, 1991-05


Carbotech AX6 rear set - NSX, 1991-05


Carbotech XP8 Brake Pads front set - NSX, 1991-05


Carbotech XP8 Brake Pads rear set - NSX, 1991-05


Carbotech XP10 Brake Pads front set - NSX, 1991-05


Carbotech XP10 Brake Pads rear set - NSX, 1991-05