Everyone loves a good burnout, and sometimes when people get a new muscle car they just can’t wait to do a burnout to show everyone how powerful their new car is. But there’s something called traction control on newer cars that keep you from spinning your tires when you take off, or in this case, doing a burnout. Even when you think you’ve turned off the traction control, there is a sequence to it. You can’t just push the button and think that it’s off.
With the SRT8, the process is to turn the key on, push the ESP button for approximately 7-10 seconds, or until you hear it chime, and then release. If you don’t follow this procedure, you probably still have traction control. For a newer Mustang, it’s a similar process, and anyone who has tried to do a burnout with traction control gets a very similar reaction as the one in the video above.
But in the second video above, another person with an SRT8 Challenger, one who is not so hell bent on trying to make an anti-SRT8 statement, has turned off his traction control properly. And thus, he has given us an example of how a newer Challenger SRT8 is more than capable of doing a burnout. It can be done, but you have to know what you’re doing first.
We always love it when people who don’t like a particular brand rag on it and claim it can’t perform. The real fail is the guy who posted the video, who acts as if it’s an SRT8 with a 1600cc weedwacker motor under the hood instead of a 425 horsepower HEMI. Believe us, you really can do a burnout in almost any car with that kind of horsepower, you just have to know what you’re doing and how to do it. Just don’t be like the guy in the video below, that’s just wrong to put this guy in a nice car and let him destroy it. You know the drill: “hold my beer and watch this”.