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.

How does torque affect a car?

For cars, horsepower translates into speed. So if you want to go faster, and get up to speed quicker, you need more horsepower. Torque, on the other hand, is the expression of a rotational or twisting force. In vehicles, the engines rotate around an axis, thus creating torque.

What does torque mean in car?

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?

Is the higher the torque the better?

Gearing magnifies torque, which is why it’s so important in racing. This is why the fastest racecars work at extremely high RPMs. The torque at the wheels is the torque at the engine combined with the torque magnification given by the transmission through gearing.

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