Luckily, the well-tested tire-spinning experts at Roush Performance have the answer, using the classic setup: a rear wheel drive car with a manual transmission. Take a peek as Roush test driver Scot Chapman goes through the steps of how to do a burnout. But please, be safe and never try this at home. You could put yourself or others in danger.
Chapman begins by turning the car’s traction control off, thus maximizing wheel slip. With the clutch depressed, he puts the car in first gear, and gives the throttle enough of a prod to evade a stall, and simultaneously lets off the clutch pedal and presses on the brake pedal–locking the front wheels and letting the rear wheels spin freely.
Some modulation of the brake pedal may be necessary to let the tires spin. An aftermarket aid to this issue is what’s called a “line lock,” which can engage the front brakes independently of the rear.
To disengage the standing burnout, Chapman backs off the brake and sends the car forward into a rolling burnout, like you might see at a dragstrip. In order to stay in place, the driver must back off the gas and onto the clutch without letting go of the brakes completely, or else the car may dangerously jump forward.
As previously stated, do not try this at home.