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  • Does C8 Have Burn Out Mode?

    We thank CorvetteBlogger for digging deep into what MotorTrend has so far released. Are you reading to do burnouts in your C8?

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    Does the C8 Corvette Actually Have a Official Burnout-Mode?

    By Keith Cornett

    Sep 15, 2019

    [VIDEO] Does the C8 Corvette Actually Have a Official Burnout-Mode?
    Photo Credit: Scott Evans (@dasgimpen) / Instagram

    Motor Trend had the first shot at indepentantly testing the 2020 Corvette Stingray and they didn’t disappoint fans after releasing several videos on the same day showing the testing of the C8 Corvette’s launch control.

    The editorial team has also followed up on a series of great articles on the car that include a look from inside the C8 while on an autocross circuit as well as discussions on all the interior buttons and controls.

    But one certain point definitely caught our eye and that was the discussion on Launch Control and the unofficial “burnout mode”. It’s going to be a bit different now with a dual-clutch 8-speed transmission and electronic paddle shifters, but the process will be somewhat similar to current Corvette owners.

    For launch control, put the car into DRIVE and select TRACK MODE and then double-tap the ESC OFF button to bring up the Performance Traction Management (PTM) menu to select the mode: Wet, Dry, Sport I, Sport II, and Race. Once you’ve selected your PTM, stand on the brake with your left foot while flooring the accelerator with your right. Lift off the brake when the revs settle at 3500 RPMs and down the street you go!

    So you’re at the track and you want to warm your tires before making your run. Motor Trend says Chevy has an official “Burnout Mode” which is even easier to use. Put the car in DRIVE, stand on the brake and pull both paddle shifters to temporarilty open the clutches. Once you floor the throttle and release the paddles, the computer will do a controlled clutch dump and will let the tires spin. When you’re finished you lift off the throttle.
    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019...-burnout-mode/

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    For launch control, put the car into DRIVE and select TRACK MODE and then double-tap the ESC OFF button to bring up the Performance Traction Management (PTM) menu to select the mode: Wet, Dry, Sport I, Sport II, and Race. Once you’ve selected your PTM, stand on the brake with your left foot while flooring the accelerator with your right. Lift off the brake when the revs settle at 3500 RPMs and down the street you go!
    With the C7, PTM was not available in the base Stingray. I guess that has changed with the C8?

    So you’re at the track and you want to warm your tires before making your run. Motor Trend says Chevy has an official “Burnout Mode” which is even easier to use. Put the car in DRIVE, stand on the brake and pull both paddle shifters to temporarily open the clutches. Once you floor the throttle and release the paddles, the computer will do a controlled clutch dump and will let the tires spin. When you’re finished you lift off the throttle.
    It sounds like the computer will control both engine RPM and "line lock" the brakes - very different to what I'm used to, but I look forward to trying it out.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mobius View Post
      With the C7, PTM was not available in the base Stingray. I guess that has changed with the C8?
      Yes, but you need both Z51 and FE4 Mag Ride added to the car (any trim level). Performance Traction Management comes as part of FE4. From the latest online Order Guide:

      B4Z Performance Traction Management
      1 - Included and only available with (FE4) Z51 performance suspension with Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
      A1 A1 A1

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mobius View Post

        With the C7, PTM was not available in the base Stingray. I guess that has changed with the C8?



        It sounds like the computer will control both engine RPM and "line lock" the brakes - very different to what I'm used to, but I look forward to trying it out.
        In the video he says release the brake, then release the paddles, the car spins the tires a little and takes off. Nothing about line lock action. That would be a cool feature, if it has it. Power braking with those big rear calipers gripping may not work very well!
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        • #5
          So we can spin the tires a tiny bit and that's all? We can't turn off traction control and do any burnouts?
          I have not seen anyone do a burnout on Youtube so I guess it's not possible?
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          Mark

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          • #6
            Turn traction control off, pull both paddles, rev and let go....

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            • #7
              There’s a Cleetus video from a while back of them at Spring Mountain and the instructor showing his burn out mode. I’ve done it as well a few times on my A/S as I’m about to scrap them anyways. You get good tire spin and then you have to baby the brake to control/slow speed - too much and the engine cuts power and you’re done.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bzabodyn View Post
                There’s a Cleetus video from a while back of them at Spring Mountain and the instructor showing his burn out mode. I’ve done it as well a few times on my A/S as I’m about to scrap them anyways. You get good tire spin and then you have to baby the brake to control/slow speed - too much and the engine cuts power and you’re done.
                Sure not for me. Burn out! The only one I've seen is the lady chaining her C8 to a building and doing a burnout.

                Sorta seems counterintuitive to do with a mid-engine car designed for rear traction.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Boomer View Post

                  Sorta seems counterintuitive to do with a mid-engine car designed for rear traction.
                  It's just a function of the tires being used. If people keep an R compound tire on the car, they will want that ability to warm them up. I daily drove my Camaro on Nitto Drag radials for a few years. I kept the pressure above track levels so not to kill handling, but with a little heat, they did very nicely if I launched hard on the street.

                  There's not much to be gained by roasting an all season tire from a performance standpoint.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ragtop 99 View Post
                    There's not much to be gained by roasting an all season tire from a performance standpoint.
                    Yes. I have AS tires and can see no benefit "roasting" them.

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                    • #11
                      YouTube has provided plenty of examples of C8's doing burnouts with the caveat that they are not very good. First burnouts I witness were guys leaving the high school parking lot after school, showing off their macho testosterone. Not long after that I'd see a little on particular sections of 3rd Avenue.That was the first couple of years of the 1960's. A lot of changes occurred to all cars in all parts of the world, since then. Among them, in the USA, the release of the C8 Corvette. That car as we know put 60 percent of the weight over the rear wheels, a 60/40 weight distribution and tires built for the car and the ability to punch well above its weight and cost with zero to 60 times that with Z51, started at, "...under 3 seconds according to GM/Chevrolet with some of the brass admitting that the car under ideal circumstances might be able to be self-timed in 2.8. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing live shots of the dash with the car finishing in 2.8. Moreover, there are about seven YouTube vids showing the car completing the naught-to-60 in 2.7! Then there is the one young man who showed that youth and maturity together along with some out and out driving skills could achieve on at least one run, a 2.6! That is internal combustion engine super car status. What's all this have to do with burn-outs? Frankly, if you love Corvettes and you want to do burnouts, they are easily obtained with the C7's. Go back to the weight distribution and you are looking closer to 50/50 on some of the models. Not to belabor the obvious, but the C8 Corvette Stingray was designed from the bottom up to, "hook-up," to the ground with the animal magnetism of a hot date. Having achieved that, which is all part of having a car that starts right out with street potential and potential cornering on the track (with all the adjustments recommended by the Corvette track handbook and the Corvette owners manual), this car is literally designed as a true sports car which can run/compete with European cars while still having American appeal. This makes it unique among all American offerings. To get the kinds of performance promised by the Corvette Engineering team (and Zora himself, if he were here) with the Stingray, means just one thing: this car is all about not getting burnouts. That doesn't mean they can't be had as mentioned above herein. But one episode of Emelia Hartford, where there are mods being installed (half the episodes?) the Corvette's stock air filter was pulled out and it was full of rubber from her efforts at donuts/burnouts from the rear tires. Beside making the air filter another check point prior to performance efforts, this shows that the need for speed is just a bit different from showing off the rear tires. It really isn't what this car is all about. AF

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                      • #12
                        I have better things to pay for rather than prematurely destroying rear tires of our C8’s, which BTW run about $525 each including labor. I would rather spend that money on fuel and eating meals along the way while doing more C8 driving.
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                        • #13
                          I did enough burn outs ( some intentional some not) in my previous car a Dodge Challenger to last a lifetime. Its so nice to have a car that has so much mechanical grip now I don't care if I ever do another burn out again! Its nice to just grip and take off like a slingshot! What a feeling!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Vitamin C8 View Post
                            I did enough burn outs ( some intentional some not) in my previous car a Dodge Challenger to last a lifetime. Its so nice to have a car that has so much mechanical grip now I don't care if I ever do another burn out again! Its nice to just grip and take off like a slingshot! What a feeling!
                            I'm with you ... those days are over for me.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Vitamin C8 View Post
                              I did enough burn outs ( some intentional some not) in my previous car a Dodge Challenger to last a lifetime. Its so nice to have a car that has so much mechanical grip now I don't care if I ever do another burn out again! Its nice to just grip and take off like a slingshot! What a feeling!
                              I have just over 1650 miles on my C8 meaning that it is broken in. I don't know just how hard I will push my Stingray, but I've not been tempted to use launch control. After a guy with a car in high school set me straight about laying rubber (I was age 15 in tenth grade) I realized that to go fast you wanted that torque and horsepower adjusted so that you did not lay rubber but came as close as possible to it. These days, I don't know if it makes that much sense to use launch control just to attempt to get a 2.6; a 2.7 or a 2.8 zero to 60 time. Seems to me that despite being designed for it, could be hard on the car. I agree, also with Plentyfast and others that I'll save my tires for the enjoyment of driving.

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