Horsepower vs Torque - Explained

What's the difference between horsepower and torque? What does it mean to me? An explanation of horsepower and torque, and a way of explaining it so everyone can understand what they mean. Cars with high torque are powerful and strong; cars with high horsepower are fast, but ultimately it all depends on gearing. NOTE 1: The G force you feel when accelerating is 'proportional' to the torque curve at the wheels, not the engine torque or horsepower. The engine torque is quite meaningless by itself, because it is modified by the gearbox and final drive, but losses withstanding, it does determine what people 'feel'. Torque is a force, and hence produces thrust. Horsepower is not a force, and does not magically 'take over' at some point as some people seem to imagine. Think wheel torque! NOTE 2: Looking back, the analogy wasn't such a good idea; what I implying is that many vehicles with high torque that are geared low tend to be heavy, so added weight affects them little, where as small engines have lower torque, but rev higher, and are used in lighter vehicles where additional weight makes a large impact. Related Videos: HP vs. TQ - F1 vs. NASCAR - http://youtu.be/CxK0x7AE3s8 Please feel free to rate, comment, and subscribe! And don't forget to check out my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/engineeringexplained Also check out my official website: Make suggestions, participate in forums, enter for Car of the Month, learn through logically ordered lessons, read FAQs, and plan your future! http://www.howdoesacarwork.com NEW VIDEOS EVERY WEDNESDAY!

TARGET AD 2
2011/08/26 Engineering Explained   Share on Facebook

RELATED VIDEOS

Horsepower vs Torque - A Simple Explanation
Play Video

Horsepower vs Torque - A Simple Explanation

2018/01/17
Torque and Horsepower Explained - What They are and How They are Different
Play Video

Torque and Horsepower Explained - What They are and How They are Different

2017/05/20
Motors: Speed, Torque & Horsepower
Play Video

Motors: Speed, Torque & Horsepower

2015/06/05
What is Horsepower and Torque?
Play Video

What is Horsepower and Torque?

2014/12/10
When To Shift Gears For The Fastest Acceleration
Play Video

When To Shift Gears For The Fastest Acceleration

2016/10/04
How torque reduces when Rpm increases -Torque Curve Explained - Must watch
Play Video

How torque reduces when Rpm increases -Torque Curve Explained - Must watch

2013/12/09
Horsepower vs Torque - EXPLAINED!
Play Video

Horsepower vs Torque - EXPLAINED!

2017/07/08
Power vs Torque - In Depth Explanation and Mythbusting!
Play Video

Power vs Torque - In Depth Explanation and Mythbusting!

2016/09/19
How an engine works - comprehensive tutorial animation featuring Toyota engine technologies
Play Video

How an engine works - comprehensive tutorial animation featuring Toyota engine technologies

2011/11/08
Randy Pobst explains the difference between Horsepower & Torque
Play Video

Randy Pobst explains the difference between Horsepower & Torque

2017/09/21
Rpm Vs Torque. ✔
Play Video

Rpm Vs Torque. ✔

2012/11/20
How Torque Converters Work! (Animation)
Play Video

How Torque Converters Work! (Animation)

2014/01/02
The idiot
Play Video

The idiot's guide to power & torque | Auto Expert John Cadogan | Australia

2016/11/22
Horsepower VS Torque-A BASIC Explanation
Play Video

Horsepower VS Torque-A BASIC Explanation

2016/01/22
How To Increase Horsepower - Explained
Play Video

How To Increase Horsepower - Explained

2012/12/22
How To Drive A Manual - (The Secret To Never Stalling)
Play Video

How To Drive A Manual - (The Secret To Never Stalling)

2014/04/07
Catback Exhaust - Explained
Play Video

Catback Exhaust - Explained

2013/06/18
How Differential Gear works (BEST Tutorial)
Play Video

How Differential Gear works (BEST Tutorial)

2009/02/10
CNET On Cars - Car Tech 101: Horsepower vs. Torque
Play Video

CNET On Cars - Car Tech 101: Horsepower vs. Torque

2013/02/26
Engine Horsepower vs Wheel Horsepower - Explained
Play Video

Engine Horsepower vs Wheel Horsepower - Explained

2012/12/22
Engine Oil Myths Every Car Guy Needs to Know!
Play Video

Engine Oil Myths Every Car Guy Needs to Know!

2017/12/19
Basics of Torque
Play Video

Basics of Torque

2011/02/22
Why Do Cars Backfire - Explained
Play Video

Why Do Cars Backfire - Explained

2012/12/22
Why Do Horsepower And Torque Cross At 5,252 RPM?
Play Video

Why Do Horsepower And Torque Cross At 5,252 RPM?

2018/01/10
Turbo Lag - Explained
Play Video

Turbo Lag - Explained

2011/12/20
Clutches - Explained
Play Video

Clutches - Explained

2011/10/07
ECU Chip Tune - How To Increase Horsepower
Play Video

ECU Chip Tune - How To Increase Horsepower

2013/03/12
The Truth about Engine ECU Upgrades, Chips & Re-mapping | Auto Expert John Cadogan | Australia
Play Video

The Truth about Engine ECU Upgrades, Chips & Re-mapping | Auto Expert John Cadogan | Australia

2017/12/02
HEMI Engine - Explained
Play Video

HEMI Engine - Explained

2011/10/08
Forced Induction - Supercharger vs. Turbo Charger
Play Video

Forced Induction - Supercharger vs. Turbo Charger

2009/07/29
Car Gears - Explained
Play Video

Car Gears - Explained

2011/06/28
F1 Engine - Explained
Play Video

F1 Engine - Explained

2012/08/26
Stop Saying Car Exhausts Need Back Pressure
Play Video

Stop Saying Car Exhausts Need Back Pressure

2017/12/23
10 Car Mods BANNED in America!
Play Video

10 Car Mods BANNED in America!

2018/02/05
Nitrous - Explained
Play Video

Nitrous - Explained

2013/03/02
Horsepower vs. Torque
Play Video

Horsepower vs. Torque

2012/10/02
INFINITI Reinvents The Gasoline Engine — VC-Turbo
Play Video

INFINITI Reinvents The Gasoline Engine — VC-Turbo

2018/01/30
eBay Performance Chips -  Mythbusted
Play Video

eBay Performance Chips - Mythbusted

2014/04/23
Performance Exhaust - More Horsepower
Play Video

Performance Exhaust - More Horsepower

2013/03/12
Torque Converter - Explained
Play Video

Torque Converter - Explained

2011/09/19
DOHC vs SOHC vs OHV - Explained
Play Video

DOHC vs SOHC vs OHV - Explained

2011/08/31
Horsepower vs Torque - Formula 1 vs NASCAR
Play Video

Horsepower vs Torque - Formula 1 vs NASCAR

2013/05/06
Top 10 Reliable Cars Under 5K - 10 MOST Reliable Cars Less Than $5000
Play Video

Top 10 Reliable Cars Under 5K - 10 MOST Reliable Cars Less Than $5000

2018/01/06
Exhaust Header - Explained
Play Video

Exhaust Header - Explained

2013/08/06
Mercedes Created The World
Play Video

Mercedes Created The World's Most Efficient Racing Engine

2018/01/10
What Does a Tune Do?
Play Video

What Does a Tune Do?

2017/05/22
Torque Converters Explained -EricTheCarGuy
Play Video

Torque Converters Explained -EricTheCarGuy

2013/03/03
Performance Clutch - Explained
Play Video

Performance Clutch - Explained

2013/08/13
Powered by YouTube

Disclaimer

None of the audio/visual content is hosted on this site. All media is embedded from other sites such as GoogleVideo, YouTube etc. Therefore, this site has no control over the copyright issues of the streaming media.

All issues concerning copyright violations should be aimed at the sites hosting the material. This site does not host any of the streaming media and the owner has not uploaded any of the material to the video hosting servers. Anyone can find the same content on Google Video or YouTube by themselves.

The owner of this site cannot know which documentaries are in public domain, which has been uploaded to e.g. YouTube by the owner and which has been uploaded without permission. The copyright owner must contact the source if he wants his material off the Internet completely.