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Start: Stability and traction control systems off. Left foot on the brake pedal, wheel pointed straight, transmission in manual mode. Right foot mashes the gas.
1 second: Car lunges forward but is stopped by fully braked front wheels.
Narrow, not-even-11-inches-wide rear tires start to spin.
2 seconds: Car hunkers down after running into line-locked front tires. Rear tires start to throw rubber bits off as the rear wheel wells fill with white smoke.
3 seconds: Supercharged V-8 is beginning to scream. Time to upshift. Into second we go.
5 seconds: Can’t see anything through the rearview mirror anymore.
7 seconds: And now nothing out the side windows.
9 seconds: Tire smoke is starting to trickle through the cabin’s air vents.
12 seconds: Maybe shift to third gear? Yeah, shift to third.
13 seconds: Damn, we shifted prematurely. Back into second we go.
16 seconds: Smoke is really pouring out of the air vents — and every gap in the interior.
17 seconds: The steering wheel is now invisible. Don’t breathe in.
19 seconds: Need to get out of the smoke. Let off of the brake.
20 seconds: Tires begin to get a bit of traction and inch the car forward.
21 seconds: More traction, more movement, slightly less smoke.
22 seconds: Still accelerating, still can’t breathe.
25 seconds: That’s enough. Stop the car, open the door, walk away, breathe in, and then laugh and yell, “It’s on slicks now.”

So that’s the whole experience. But really, it’s as simple as “Brake. Gas. Smoke. Done.”

– Nelson, Christopher. “A 20-Second Burnout in a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.” Automobile Magazine. 27 Oct 2014.

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