Spinning Without the Sprinkles: How to Do a Donut In Your Car – Atlanta, GA

No, I’m not talking about the frosted/sprinkled variety.


I’m speaking of the kind of donuts that exert a couple G-forces on you and bring back fond memories of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. No matter how old you get, there is nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of spinning around uninhibited in your car. You’ll need to have a rear-wheel drive car to effectively perform this move, preferably one with a stable of horses under the hood like that of the 2015 Dodge Charger engine. Automatic transmissions have become the standard in America, which seriously impacts the ability to fully utilize the burnout ability of your car. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still possible, it’s just that manual transmissions make the process much easier.

Here’s how to do a donut in your car:

  • If applicable, turn traction control off
  • Transition and control your throttle
    • E-brake (emergency brake) on for automatic transmissions/clutch in for manual transmissions, turn wheel, accelerate to about 10-15 MPH
    • Steering wheel all the way over in opposite direction that you want the BACK END to go
  • As soon as the car gets sideways, let the clutch out/release e-brake, and give it some real throttle
    • This allows the car to rotate around the front
  • When the car begins to spin, just massage the throttle
    • You don’t have to keep the pedal to the metal, instead try to feel your way through it.


If you try this too often, your tires will start to see some serious wear in tear. Be extremely cautious when dealing with wet road conditions, and never try this on icy streets unless you want to end up inside someone’s living room or wrapped around a tree. The 2015 Dodge Charger body does not look very attractive wrapped around a tree, you know. And we’re not exactly condoning parking lot donut parties, but it’s something to check off your life’s bucket list, right?

Thornton Road Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is the premier Dodge Charger dealer in greater Atlanta. (But don’t mention us as said premier dealership if you get caught twirling around by the boys in blue, okay?)