Im probably "minority" on NASIOC that actually pushes my STi's brakes to the limits of fading in HPDE.
I can DEFINATELY lend some legitimacy to the OP's claims.
I actually had to learn the hard way, (before reading this) when I had some HAWK HP+ pads on my STi.
Naturally I thought if I have a "race pad" I would stop quicker, period. Nope, the first month I had them on I made a full on emergency stop on COLD "track pads" and I actually stopped IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION.
They actually performed WORSE than OEM or "DD brake pads"
Very good write up, I always lol when I see tools with they slotted and drilled rotors on the chevy silverados or honda civics or whatever.
I noticed that steel brake lines were attacked, I dont have any. But from what I understood from various people is that the hard case of the line prevents air bubbles. So is that a myth?