Pulling off the perfect drag strip launch in a manual-transmission car is tricky. You’ve got to juggle a lot of different variables—your car’s traction capabilities, the RPM at which it makes the most power and torque, the conditions of the pavement you’re driving on, and on and on.
If you’re lighting a tire fire like the driver of that Hellcat shown above, you’re probably not putting up your best 0-60 times. And if it’s your clutch that’s generating the smoke, well, you might wanna steer away from the dragstrip before you need a tow.
Delightful YouTube nerd Jason Fenske is here with another great Engineering Explained video to help you make sense of it all. Allow him to demystify the many different variables that go into nailing a consistent, reproducible launch to ensure that you’re getting the fastest 0-60 and quarter-mile times your car is capable of. Sure, an automatic would make this job easier, but who wants that?