How To Do A Burnout With An Automatic Transmission, Rear-Wheel Drive Vehicle

Of course you know how to do a burnout. We all talk a big game when it comes to hoonage, but as we get ready for the Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend, we're sure there's got to be someone out there who might appreciate a simple instructional video. For this lesson, we'll be showing you how to do a burnout with a rear-wheel-drive, automatic transmission vehicle.

For this example, we'll be using the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, but the essential procedure can be applied to any number of slushbox-equipped RWD vehicles. Once you've mastered the technique, feel free to make your own video to show us all what you've learned. If you'd like some examples, check out our Corvette ZR1 burnout video, or this slow-motion Ford Mustang burnout video.


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Back in high school we all had wannabe muscle cars like Chevelles and Novas and Skylarks with 2-barrel V-8s, bought from old ladies and immediately outfitted with Hedman headers that were semi-useless without corresponding cam and intake upgrades. Gabriel Hijackers and Cragar SSs were de rigeur, usually with 60-series tires on the back. But the best burnouts in the north parking lot were done by a kid in his dad's '76 Buick Century 4-door with odd-fire 3.8 V-6 and standard skinny whitewalls. Beautiful clouds of billowing white smoke every time, on demand, without fail, while we had a hard time getting so much as a chirp. Makes perfect sense now, but back then we just didn't get it...