Another variant uses no brake application, it is done by drivers of less powerful RWD cars that would otherwise stall. Sometimes called a one-wheel peel, because only one wheel spins. Front wheel drive vehicles do this version because they are, um, FWD, and can't brakestand. This is typically called a peelout instead of a burnout, but some powerful muscle cars can successfully do a proper, smokey burnout while moving forward.
Vehicles with rims over 25" in diameter may not posess enough torque to burn out without breaking something. This means those of you with Donk'ed out vehicles need not apply. Rims with thin spokes and large diameters are too weak to take the stresses and their hubs may rip out. They may also bend and/or otherwise be damaged.
The only real legit time to do it on the street is if the vehicle is spinning out, and only to prevent the engine from taking damage when being spun backwards and to scrub off some speed, lessening the severity and chances of an impact.
Ricers have been known to attempt a 'brakestand' by using their parking brake to hold the car still. While this has the same effect, it isn't a true brakestand.
Heh, that Ricer just attempted a burnout. Silly FWD.
I like this car. When you burn out, the smoke comes from the correct end of the car.
That burnout fails horribly. One wheel peels suck balls!