Let's say I take my car track racing, and during it, the hard braking leads my brakes to massively losing stopping power due to them overheating (a likely outcome on stock brakes). Or likewise, I take my car down a gigantic hill and don't use engine braking.
- Can I let them cool down, then safely drive off to go home?
- Will I need to replace them immediately afterwards, or just when they get thin as usual?
I suppose the core of this question is "After overheating, do brakes cool down to their original state, or do they substantially lose effectiveness?".