#PTOTY20 – Burnouts and Roasting Tires
Burning Rubber in Every #PTOTY20 Competitor
Ever since the dawn of the automobile, humans wanted more and more power. Why did they want this power? To perform epic, smoky burnouts, of course. Whether it's a proper muscle car, a family hauler, or the latest pickup truck. With tons of horsepower and even more torque, trucks are burnout machines.
We have 11 trucks in for Pickup Truck of the Year testing, and our resident test driver, Sean Holman, is making sure every truck gets a proper burnout before heading down the drag strip.
Is how well a truck will do a burnout sensible consumer buying advice? No. Is it fun? Yes.
After the smoke cleared, we asked Sean about his destruction of tires.
His favorite truck to do a burnout in was the 7.3-liter gas version of the 2020 Ford Super Duty in Tremor configuration. While we can't share with you all yet why he liked it, it was the one truck you could hear all the way across the track. The exhaust on that truck is easily the loudest of all of the trucks being tested this year.
The diesel heavy duties were a bit more of a challenge, because some of them limit torque in first gear. "You have to stay in it until it shifts into 2nd-gear," he said. Feathering the brake properly also is key. Even so, some of the trucks don't like it and dash indicators light up.
Sean was also surprised with the ease in which the Gladiator did burnouts. A locking rear differential obviously helps here, but it didn't stop the Ranger from doing a single-wheel ripper. "That 2.3-liter can do burnouts all day," noted Sean.
Granted, it's a lot easier to justify doing burnouts all day when you aren't buying the tires, but in the interest of full disclosure we already had a to buy a new set this week for a truck. The cost of doing business.
What's your favorite burnout machine of the bunch? Which would you take?