I’m back again and this time, Torque over Horsepower for daily drivers.
We are seeing a growing number of new generation small engines that make good NM figures, which when matched with nice transmission ratios can provide impressive performance, especially when targeted at the more frequently used low end torque area.
As many of us knows, torque is what matters most in our daily driving needs, overcoming ramps, moving off from standstill etc. The bigger the number, obviously the greater the driving enjoyment. Its like the protein
Torque versus HP
- One easy way to understand this is like when you twist the cap off a bottle.
- As you use your strength to turn the cap, you are applying torque
- As the cap becomes free you apply horsepower to spin the cap off quickly.
- With more muscle, in this case torque, it takes less effort to free the cap
Why is torque important for daily driving;
- Helps us get up to speed faster
- More effortless to drive
- Less revs less thirsty
- Climbing hillls
- Quicker & easier from standstill
- Overtaking, especially on an incline
- Just less harsh overall
- Carry more cargo
Torque is what?
- Torque literally means the amount of force that makes something turn.
- Yes, turn as in turning on an axis. Like turning a drive shaft or even pushing to open a door on its hinges.
- Torque applied is either static or dynamic
- Static torque is when no acceleration is involved. Like a cyclist pedalling at a constant speed
- Dynamic torque is when there’s an angular acceleration. Like when a car launches off at green light.