Originally Posted by tilted brim
Thank you Kjeronimo for your reply but why 2nd gear?
These cars have so much torque at low RPMs (and 1st is relatively short) that you can launch from second and not bog down the engine. This saves you a shift if you were timing your run, giving you a quicker time.
This really applies to automatics - I wouldn't risk my clutch trying this on a 6MT.