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      05-08-2012, 06:44 AM   #76
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Originally Posted by swamp2 View Post
Uhhh, no. High torque (typically at low rpm) engines provide a way to get "lazy" acceleration (i.e. without the lowest gear and highest rpm). Ultimate acceleration and overall performance is governed by power to weight ratio.
I think we are saying the same thing

Torque is an actual measurable force that an engine produces, hence it makes a car go.

Horsepower is a mathematical concept that evaluates the ability to provide work over time. On a car, this translates to the potential for the engine to produce torque at the wheel, hence what makes a car go fast (i.e. accelerate rapidly and achieve a high top speed).

I probably over simplified it too much in my previous post

Last edited by CanAutM3; 05-08-2012 at 04:40 PM. Reason: Correct typo