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How to Wheelspin a Car

Updated November 21, 2016

If you have a high-powered, sleek vehicle that you want to show off, a wheelspin is just the move for you. Before you drive off, spinning the tires produces smoke and noise that displays your car's power. You shouldn't perform a wheelspin in traffic or crowded areas, but if you have plenty of space and relatively few obstacles, it's fun and not very hard to do.

Shift into first or second gear. First gear is safer for a wheelspin, but second gear offers faster take-off.

Press in your clutch and press down on your accelerator to rev your engine. Keep an eye on your tachometer, which shows rotations per minute (rpm). Don't let it get into the red area to prevent engine damage.

Release your clutch and get ready for an extended wheelspin that should result in some smoke, noise and marking on the street. Keep both hands on the wheel and be ready to brake in case you spin out of control.

Tip

Older tires spin better since they have less tread. You can spin the tires in an automatic-transmission vehicle by holding down the brake and pressing the accelerator, but it's not good for your car.

Warning

Wheelspins are illegal in some areas, so check local laws before performing one on a public road or space.

Things You'll Need

  • Manual-transmission car
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Ricky Andromeda has been writing since 1999. His articles have been published on various websites, specializing in pool, art, hunting, antiques, home improvement, chemistry and gambling. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Louisiana State University and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Arkansas.