Quick Answer: What Does Torque Mean In Cars??

Torque is the amount of “turning power” you have, much in the same way you turn a wrench.

369 foot-pounds means that if you had a wrench that was 1 foot long, and applied a force of 369 pounds directly perpendicular to that wrench, you would get 369 foot-pounds of torque.

Well, what can this do to a car?

What is the difference between horsepower and torque?

Horsepower is measured at higher RPM’s and torque is the low-end “grunt” or low RPM pulling power of an engine. Diesel engines only make around 300-400HP in those big rigs, but they make anywhere from 1,500 – 2,000 Ft. Lbs of torque, which is what pulls the 80,000 Lbs of payload in a fully loaded big rig.

Is it better to have more torque than horsepower?

Horsepower equals torque multiplied by rpm, divided by a constant. Because there is generally a limit on how fast you can spin an engine, having higher torque allows for greater horsepower at lower rpms. This is also why people talk about “low-end torque” being important for better power at slower speeds.

Why do electric cars have more torque?

That’s because the electric motor inside of an EV generates torque in a way that produces the necessary force to get the car moving quicker than its conventional counterpart. While EVs won’t be tearing up the track like a Lamborghini or Ferrari, instant torque gives them great acceleration from a dead stop.

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