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(YouTube)   Darn kids and their kids cars Can anyone tell me why the kids downshift and it backfires, and it's cool?   (youtube.com) divider line
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2021-05-17 12:04:00 AM  
I dunno, I consider it like the shiatty stance fad (AKA: kill your tires with camber wear). What I can say is that it is not particularly good for the car. Obviously you don't want too much back pressure, but too little also hurts your performance and can eventually harm the engine.
 
2021-05-17 12:20:46 AM  
Donut tire marks on the highways are the fad around here.
For awhile it was colorful paint poured out on the centerline with multiple tire tracks leading out in every direction.
 
2021-05-17 12:28:52 AM  
The state I live in did away with annual emissions testing a couple years back. Whatever the modern equivalent is of shiatty paper thin headers and glass packs should be hitting critical mass soon.
 
2021-05-17 12:49:26 AM  
Engines tuned for more power often have extra fuel in the throttle bodies when you quickly release the gas pedal. This results in cracks and pops when three throttle is dumped. It's actually a sign that your car is getting the fuel it needs for the power you s tuned it to give you.

The revving that you hear is likely someone rev-matching to downshift so that the engine brake doesn't upset the car. If you don't rev match, then downshift and dump the clutch. The rear tires break loose, upsetting the car. To combat this, you learn to heel-toe "blip" the throttle to get the rpms up to match the speed.

Is any of this necessary on the street? No. But, they are either emulating race car drivers, or they do track days with their street cars, and learning these skills is handy.
 
2021-05-17 2:01:21 AM  
My 440 Dart would do that. Not in a controlled or intentional way, but because I didn't know how to tune carburetors. I probably would have learned how to tune my car, but it sounded cool and blowing out the mufflers made it sound even better. Yes, I am still a happy man child.
 
2021-05-17 4:38:45 AM  
Because waking people up from sleep at 2 am gives their life meaning?
 
2021-05-17 6:07:29 AM  
young folk have loved Hey Mom Look At Me since the days of college pennants and 23-skidoo. somewhere is a family living in wealth because their grandfather invented headers / cherry pack mufflers or some other noisy gadget the kids love. JC Whitney catalog was the source in my yut. had a '68 Jeepster Commando with a V6 Buick 225, custom fit headers (hit 'em with a bigger hammer) and glass packs. that little econo engine sounded like 2 Harley Davidsons being started simulatenously.
 
2021-05-17 6:07:35 AM  
Mod manufactures and mechanics keep getting raided, I wonder why.
 
2021-05-17 6:37:30 AM  
Repeat from 1953
 
2021-05-17 7:08:59 AM  
My car has afterfire, especially in Sport+ mode. I think it's pretty boss.
 
2021-05-17 7:30:38 AM  
the Audi R8 sport with the v10 is designed to pop 3 times when the accelerator is lifted during hard acceleration.

it sounds wonderful. and is a sign the engine is working properly.
 
2021-05-17 7:51:12 AM  

meehaw: Is any of this necessary on the street? No. But, they are either emulating race car drivers, or they do track days with their street cars, and learning these skills is handy.


The thing I absolutely hate the most when other drivers on the road do it -- they'll be making a left turn ahead, there's no traffic to speak of and their left lane is clear, I'm happily driving in the right lane, but they a.) move into the right lane, b.) tailgate me, c.) pass me on the right in the parking lane, and d.) cross over all the lanes to make their left turn. Where tf does that shiat come from? Drives me up a friggin' wall. Is it some grand theft auto video game shiat? Or did they learn it in all those stupid fart and furious movies?

Every nerd is welcome to their nerdy obsessions, but they shouldn't make the world a worse place
 
2021-05-17 8:17:13 AM  
Look at me, I'm an automotive attention whore!

Seriously, that's it.  That's the entire reason.  It's a fad that's no different from any other.
 
2021-05-17 8:49:08 AM  
I do this in my Tesla all the time.  BOSS.
 
2021-05-17 8:55:39 AM  
This video gives a pretty good explanation on what causes it and the proper way to do it... then they shove a bottle of propane in their trunk to try and make their Miata a flamethrower.
Make Your Car Shoot Flames For $60
Youtube mYH74v3jWjs


The real reason is pretty much what meehaw said.  Usually in cars with forced induction (turbos usually) you push a lot of fuel and air into the engine and sometimes a little is left that doesn't burn when you throttle down.  You lifted the gas and so the engine stopped burning as fast but the fuel was already spraying into the engine so it gets into the hot exhaust system and catches on fire.
 
2021-05-17 8:56:17 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I do this in my Tesla all the time.  BOSS.


Elon Musk is a bond villain, I 100% believe he'd install flamethrowers in his cars.
 
2021-05-17 9:01:45 AM  

mike_d85: The Googles Do Nothing: I do this in my Tesla all the time.  BOSS.

Elon Musk is a bond villain, I 100% believe he'd install flamethrowers in his cars.


He would never do that.  He loves the environment and wants to preserve it.   Flamethrowers add needless greenhouse gasses into the air.
 
2021-05-17 9:02:53 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: mike_d85: The Googles Do Nothing: I do this in my Tesla all the time.  BOSS.

Elon Musk is a bond villain, I 100% believe he'd install flamethrowers in his cars.

He would never do that.  He loves the environment and wants to preserve it.   Flamethrowers add needless greenhouse gasses into the air.


Just the machine gun then?
 
2021-05-17 9:09:01 AM  

FrancoFile: Look at me, I'm an automotive attention whore!

Seriously, that's it.  That's the entire reason.  It's a fad that's no different from any other.


I don't know. I still see small cars with angry bumblebee mufflers and muscle cars with ridiculous straight exhaust.
 
2021-05-17 9:13:34 AM  

mike_d85: The Googles Do Nothing: mike_d85: The Googles Do Nothing: I do this in my Tesla all the time.  BOSS.

Elon Musk is a bond villain, I 100% believe he'd install flamethrowers in his cars.

He would never do that.  He loves the environment and wants to preserve it.   Flamethrowers add needless greenhouse gasses into the air.

Just the machine gun then?


Solar-powered machine gun.
 
2021-05-17 9:24:00 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: Because waking people up from sleep at 2 am gives their life meaning?


i live near a freeway access ramp.  you speak the truth.  jesus christ.
 
2021-05-17 9:45:08 AM  
Farts are always funny, even car farts.
 
2021-05-17 12:02:39 PM  

snowybunting: My car has afterfire, especially in Sport+ mode. I think it's pretty boss.


Same here, wife thinks its silly but i love it.
 
2021-05-17 12:14:26 PM  
With the right tuning you can make your car sound like an AK47. Just don't test it out in the vicinity of the police.

SWAT Cops mistake Honda's Launch Control for AK47 machine gun fire
Youtube Q_m4-ed0tmU
 
2021-05-17 3:14:13 PM  
Same reason the 55+ guys get straight pipe exhaust on their new mustangs/cameros/challengers or why rednecks of all ages get 4-6 inch straight pipes on their lifted trucks...

They think it makes them "beastly". Particularly when they cruise up next to someone with their windows rolled down, let off the gas, then rev right as their exhaust lines up with the window.

"derrr I'm a lion, herr de herr listen to 'er growl"
 
2021-05-17 4:14:15 PM  
They're attempting to compensate for testicular deficiency, however the attempts only serve to highlight their inadequacies.
 
2021-05-17 4:19:51 PM  

wage0048: They're attempting to compensate for testicular deficiency, however the attempts only serve to highlight their inadequacies.



Who's more obsessed with someone's gonads:

1)  the people having a good time with a community hobby, or

2)  the people who see them having a good time with their community hobby and feel the need to ponder, in public, about their gonads?
 
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