Muscle Car Burnouts, What You Should Know

Are muscle cars the only cars that can burn out?

Turns out the answer is no but all muscle cars have the capability of doing burnouts.

Equipped with powerful engines that can generate a ton of torque, the rear wheels can spin faster than you can count.

And newer cars each year are being made with better engines so it will only be a matter of time before all cars have an easier burnout capability.

But before we discuss any of that, you might be wondering what is a burnout and what damage can it do to your car?

Well, here is a video to demonstrate burnout goodness…

And in this article, we will define what a burnout car is, and how terrible is it for different components of your car such as your breaks, transmission, and engine.

What is a burnout muscle car?

A burnout car is where you keep your car stationary while spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat and smoke up due to friction.

It is usually done to flex at car shows or just to have a little fun with your crew.

However, there are several things you should know about burnout cars that may not seem obvious at first.

Weight distribution

In general, the rear should be lighter than the front.

It gets a bit more complex when you try to burnout while turning a corner since you need to make sure that any weight shifts do not overload the rear by even a bit.

Your car’s center of gravity also matters as well; when you are turning, your car leans to one side when you are attempting burnout, which can cause your rear to slide a bit more than you would want.

Steering control

This might seem obvious but it is one of the most important skills in order to keep your car burning out while still being in control.

You need to steer in the opposite direction the rear end is going but this may seem counterintuitive for a beginner.

Did I also mention that you need to focus on this aspect as well?

Throttle control

Too much throttle and your tire will break loose, momentarily cutting torque from the wheels.

An experienced driver should know how to feather the throttle to keep the engine in the sweet spot without having the engine speed dropping dangerously low that your wheels have too much traction.
That or you are revving too high and you are hitting the rev limited.

Also, a no go.

Are burnouts bad for your transmission?

Yes, burnouts are bad for your transmission since they stress the power system by overheating.

Again, burnouts may seem like a cool thing to do since you are literally in control.
However, it will cost you a ton of benjamins in order to keep on replacing parts and to constantly repair worn-out pieces.

How bad are burnouts for your muscle car tires?

Burnouts are the worst thing for your tires since they expedite wearing down your tire threads through friction.

If your tires are expensive or you do not want to damage your rims, you should be very cautious.

One common tactic some drivers utilize is that they will burnout their old tires, knowing that they will change them in the very near future.

This has a recipe for being a disaster and ending up on youtube.

Use your better judgment.

That or buy a new set of no-name tires.

Are burnouts bad for your muscle car?

Burnouts are terrible for your car since they stress and overhead your power train. This will eventually damage your engine, transmission, axles, clutch, differential, gearbox, and driveshaft.

In addition to that, if you also have issues with control, you risk damaging your own vehicle and other people’s property.

Do burnouts ruin brakes?

When you hold a burnout too long, your brake rotors will warp, brake pads get worn out, brake fluid gets burnt, and in extreme cases, your rear wheel bearings can get damaged.

How do I know?


This is just a brief summary of how your muscle car can have burnouts.

If you want to check out some modern car Dodge challenger muscle cars, I got you covered.

But if you really want to have some fun with this, go to your local or neighboring drag strip.

Get yourself a set of drag radials or drag slicks…

But as a disclaimer, be responsible.

We are not responsible for your actions and if you are old enough to own and drive a car, you can make a logical decision.

Do not completely disable traction or stability programs and do not perform these actions in public streets…

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