This Burnout Video Double-Wheeledly Redeems Burnout Videos

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

In an era where family cars run fourteen-second quarters flat and sport-compacts can walk Seventies Ferraris and Lamborghinis without breaking a sweat, burnout videos and photos have become the most played-out, suck-tastic, shark-jumping thing possible. Lame! Lamer than that! The lamest photo in human history! Who would have thought that a 470-horsepower sedan, new Ferrari, or Viper could actually smoke the tires? I don’t know, about about everybody with a brain?

Thankfully for all of us, a few brave wrench-it-yourself warriors have come forward to redeem the burnout video from its current “abuse-a-free-car-that-I-can’t-drive-worth-s*&$-anyway” hell. Behold… the SRT-4 swap minivan. More fun stuff after the jump.

This guy can build a regular Neon, too…

Yes, that’s a Neon running elevens. The trap speed was very close to what the magazines are getting out of the 911 Turbo S.

In a world of unlimited budgets, hyper-elite supercars sold to the ignorant rich, and an endless bukkake-esque barrage of “lifestyle marketing”, it’s nice to see people building fun cars that just happen to run awfully fast. I don’t know you, bubav8, but I salute you. And thanks to James Mackintosh for the Facebook link to the minivan vid!

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  • Larry P2 Larry P2 on Sep 26, 2011

    The SRT-4 turbo motor was installed with some detuning in the PT Cruiser GT (or GT Cruiser). Additionally, it was equipped with a getrag five speed transmission. All stock and equipped with the factory warranty. Just thought you might want to know.

  • Larry P2 Larry P2 on Sep 26, 2011

    There is an old farmer that lives here that attends the hot rod nights with his wild, four-door Chevette. He wear hickory-sttriped bib overalls. From the outside, it looks totally stock with what looks like the stock 13 inch steel rims and cheap factory. plastic hub caps. It is painted in red primer. The interior is in horrifying worn shape. Hot Rod Night attendees crowd around it with creepers and flashlights to look closely at the drive line, wherein a Keith Black 572 inch big block with twin Garrett ball bearing turbos and a twin solenoid-operated wet nitrous system take up the engine bay with no room to spare....including for inner fenders. There is only the slightest of bulges in the hood that might give this sleeper away. It has a built TH-400 that is operated with a stock column shifter (of course!). The intrusion of the pumpkin from the Dana 60 rear-end is concealed with a pile of old dirty clothes. THe ladder bar/coil over rear suspension is well-hidden from a side-view glance. The thing goes, with the exception of one rear wheel, nearly airborne at launch. This guy is dead nuts serious. There are the titles to numerous mustangs and camaros taped to the dashboard, like scalps. It has time slips from Spokane raceway indicating a 8.47 @ 132 mph.

    • Ethan Gaines Ethan Gaines on Sep 26, 2011

      This guy you describe here is what makes tuning so interesting. You can take any car from any era, or country of origin and make it into whatever your imagination can come up with. You want to take a Viper V10 and cram it into a Dakota? Sure! You want put a Chevy small block in your RWD ricer? Go for it! You want to turn a Mercedes A-Class into a monster truck? That's really weird... But do it! A lot of people wonder why people spend so much money on tuning worldwide, because it takes an extension of our body, the car, and turns it into an extension of our body that reflects whatever is wrong in our screwy, car loving, minds.

  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Sep 26, 2011

    I bet that smoke cloud smells REALLY bad.

  • Slance66 Slance66 on Sep 27, 2011

    We lived for burnouts back in high school. My friend's mom's Javelin was particularly adept at it. It was the early 80's when almost nothing being sold could smoke its tires. But today? It seems a waste of very expensive tires. Perhaps the minimvan is smokin up cheap retreads, but smoking the tires in any modern high HP sedan, Viper, Vette, Mustang or exotic car is just a pointless waste of expensive rubber.