Originally Posted by swamp2
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