Let’s get this straight: I’m not questioning the driving ability of those living in the EU, since drivers generally receive a whole lot more training than those of us in the United States get. Maybe it’s just my perception, but I’d like to believe that Euros take driving more seriously and are less inclined to be addled by a cell phone. With that in mind, it’s thoroughly discouraging to see how few Euro drivers in this video know how to do a proper burnout. In nearly eight minutes of video featuring dozens of cars, I saw one righteous burnout (and I salute you, Mr. Alfa driver) and one passable burnout (honorable mention to the Saab driver). I’ll excuse the WRX / STI / Evo / Integrale and quattro crowd, since it’s awfully hard to generate serious tire smoke from all four wheels unless you’re willing to sacrifice your clutch. What’s up with the M3, Focus RS, Fiat Abarth and Celica drivers?
On the other hand, I didn’t see a single driver stack their car into the tunnel wall, which would have happened half a dozen times had this been a “leaving Cars & Coffee” video shot anywhere in the United States. I’ll make this offer to my brothers and sisters in speed, on the other side of the pond. Look me or Mike up when you come to the United States, and we’ll teach you how to do a proper burnout (in your rental car, of course). Just make sure you check the option for the full insurance coverage.