Hot Rod Unlimited Episode 15: Battle of the Burnouts; 2013 Shelby GT500 vs. 2012 Camaro ZL1

By Trevor Dorchies | August 31, 2012
We already know how the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is faster than the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro in a straight line and that the Camaro handles better. But there’s still one burning question that’s begging to be answered; which one does better burnouts? On this installment of Hot Rod Unlimited, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan settle which American muscle car does the best burnouts, for the time being anyway. While we already know which muscle car is faster, the Hot Rod crew still travels to the drag strip at Speedworld Raceway Park in Wittmann, Arizona, just to be safe. Unlike races that have pit both cars against each other in the past, this time heat is a factor as the track temperature reaches a scorching 160 degrees, making it hard for the cooling components to work effectively. Let us not forget though, the main purpose of this episode is to see how much rubber each muscle car can peel off its tires and leave on the cement below. However, Freiburger and Finnegan make a quick pit stop before reaching the drag strip to pick up the essential bladder-busting sodas from the gas station for "science purposes." Both try to see if different size cups can fit in the cup holders and if each obstructs shifting. While we won’t give away the results of this "test," we will say it was a different and refreshing view on the Camaro vs. Mustang rivalry that’s been raging on for almost half a century. Freiburger and Finnegan also provide commentary about how each car’s shifter feels with oversized sodas close by and racing helmets on. Again, an interesting take on a story that, while entertaining because V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive, has been played out. All right, enough already. Let’s get to the smoky burnout part of the video. Check out Hot Rod Unlimited’s latest episode below and be sure to catch every episode which airs every other Friday on Motor Trend’s YouTube channel. Source: YouTube