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How to Use Launch Control and Burnout Mode in the C8 Corvette (w/ Video)

Launch control isnt new, and it isnt new to the Corvette, but with an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and electronic shifter in the C8 Corvette , using it is now just a little different. Plus, there's a new burnout mode for warming your tires before the race. Getting the perfect launch is all about getting the vehicle moving in the most effective manner, but it doesnt always mean using all the traction. After testing thousands upon thousands of cars, we find it often depends on both the car and the tires its wearing. Some cars can just squat and go, but others need a little bit of wheel spinwhich by definition isnt using all of the tires available tractionto prevent the engine from bogging. The trade-off there is what time you lose with wheel spin is less than youd lose by bogging. With advanced launch control systems, though, you dont even have to think about it. --> It used to be a good driver could consistently beat the launch control, but these days a good computer can monitor the powertrain and wheels so precisely and respond so quickly a human just cant do any better. With its new weight balance and latest Performance Traction Management (PTM) software, the C8 Corvette is one of those cars. Using it is slightly more difficult than some sports cars, but youll recognize the procedure from past Corvettes. The first step is to put the car in Drive and select Track mode, then double-tap the ESC Off button just ahead of the mode selector knob. This will bring up the PTM menu on the instrument cluster and allow you to select which program you want with the mode selector knob. The programs are familiarWet, Dry, Sport I, Sport II, and Raceand the computer safety net shrinks as you go through them. It doesnt matter which you pick, Launch Control works in all of them and will give the best launch regardless. Once youve selected a PTM mode, its as easy as standing on the brake with your left foot, flooring the gas with your right foot, and lifting off the brake after the revs settle at 3,500. Then, hang on and steer as the car does its thing. As any racer knows, if you want the best grip whether for launching or cornering, you have to warm your tires. Chevy s got a mode for that, unofficially named burnout mode. Its even easier to use than Launch Control because you dont need to get into PTM modes and all that. Just put the car in drive, stand on the brake, pull both steering wheel paddles to temporarily open the clutches, floor the throttle, and release the paddles when youre ready to go. The computer will do a carefully controlled clutch dump and will let the tires spin rather than trying to get the perfect launch. When youre done, just lift off the throttle. Interested in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette ? See our comprehensive coverage HERE . 6 Cool 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Easter Eggs What Can You Fit in the 2020 Corvette C8? We Find Out! Hear and Watch the C8 Corvette Start, Rev, and Launch Testing the C8 Corvette As Seen From the Drivers Seat The post How to Use Launch Control and Burnout Mode in the C8 Corvette (w/ Video) appeared first on MotorTrend .

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