Smoke those tires! Of course, everyone knows it is a terrible waste to do a burnout. It’s a strain on the drive train, you can burn off $50 worth of rubber in about two minutes, and of course it fills the air with acrid smoke. But then again, it is soooo cool to see or do. Go figure.
If you have never done a burnout before, you should try it sometime. Keep it legal in your area, of course, but give it try. Be safe.
For best results, be in a car with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission and some horsepower. Your success and the life of your front-wheel drive, automatic transmission car are in jeopardy if you try to do a burnout using one. You can do it with an automatic transmission—just put it in Drive and press on the accelerator and brake at the same time, and see what happens.
With a manual transmission, put it in first gear and rev the engine with the clutch pedal in. Get the RPM’s up there a bit, but don’t overdo it if you’re just catching burnout fever. Drop the clutch, and your car will move forward, but you don’t want to do that. You want to keep your foot on the brake (or use the hand brake) to keep your spinning wheels in one place as billows of blue smoke engulf you.
The more you press on the accelerator, the more smoke and it is possible for a burnout to end in a tire blowout. If you release the brake and your tires are spinning sufficiently, you can turn a burnout in a really gnarly peel-out. A peel-out is similar to a burnout. Just rev your engine while in gear, clutch in, and then drop your clutch.
A donut is also similar to a burnout but has the potential to be far more dangerous. Make sure there is nothing around that you can bump into. To perform one, drive in a tight circle and accelerate until the rear wheels lose traction. Keep the wheel tight and the speed up to continue the action. Considering the centrifugal forces at work, you may drift or you may roll over, so start slow and stay in control.
If you you are not a burnout-meister, go ahead and enjoy some of these great burnouts in our gallery.