XA Coupe is right, though i would reccomend doing too often as i think the auto will screw up. Brakes isn't a real hassle as after all there just pads that will wearout but a stuffed band or torque convertor can be a pain.
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It does not matter what car you have anything can do burnouts, from your humble bicycle to a lowly EA Falcon GL can do burnouts, if you cannot do burnouts in your XR8, their must be something wrong with you, or your car is horsying around j/k mate
Simple way to do burnouts, go on a hard turn, right or left even on 1/2 throtlle while correcting on the turn will easily light the tyres up on the bend for a few metres or so till you get off the gas. Though when the car is on a big angle in RWD while the donut looks excellent being a RWD car and all it can be a handful especially on a torquey Windsor V8.
Though on some modern cars if you put the power too quick on the ground you can blow the diff, ie my hyundai lantra (stock)when i took the corner hit the gas, revs went nuts did a monster burnout and the diff blew out smoke when she began to accellerate as the d/t put too much oomph to the diff, lots of black smoke and a expensive new diff :(
As for doing burnouts in your XR8 if you follow my above tips it should be no worries but remember once you take the corner you'd be better be prepared for a RWD 200kw XR8 donk to bite back, hey I warned you. I did a 100m or so burnout in my GL to the city riceboys attention but it was like wrestling a broncho all the way on 3/4 throttle, a handful! So if the car bites back you should know how to countereact as well otherwise if suggest you don't do this.
Most Diffs these days are made to reduce burnouts so to speak like the old cars but it seems strange that your car do much if anything at all in some diffs. Anyway the less burnouts you do the faster you accellerate. You can play with the diff ratio's (ring Ford MS or email me) play with the tranny and easily you can turn your car into a smokemaster apart from possibly sacrificed fuel economy due to tranny mods. If you want further details how to do this (if you have the tools and experience) contact me I'll be glad to help.
Thanks for your comments guys and gals. Most interesting.
For those interested, I can do them in the wet easier no trouble at all, using the 'turning the corner' approach. But in the dry I was wondering from a curiousity point of view how its done. I am not really going to do it on any regular basis, especially in the dry...it can be expensive tyre-wise and when something decides to 'suck the kumara'.
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