Your car’s engine kicks out horsepower and torque whenever you step on the gas. The former is speed and the latter is strength. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Most people don’t really understand the difference between the two. So here’s a breakdown of what they are and what they do.

What’s the difference?

Horsepower is much power your engine produces. It’s measured by the power needed to move 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. That’s gauged by the rate it takes to do the work. Here are some more facts about it:

  • It allows your car to climb a hill without slowing down
  • Faster engine speeds produce more horsepower
  • A car has more horsepower to use when it downshifts to accelerate

Torque is a car’s ability to perform work. It’s the rotating force produced by the engine’s crankshaft. The more it produces, the greater its ability to perform work. Torque is a vector, so it’s measured by pound-feet. Here’s what it does:

  • It gets your car moving from a stop
  • It accelerates your vehicle onto a highway/freeway
  • It allows you to do more work, like pull a trailer

Which one is more important?

The more horsepower an engine produces, the more torque it can deliver. And at the end of the day, you can’t have horsepower without torque. What you need more of depends on what you want your vehicle to do. Most cars have more horsepower because it’s all about the power when you’re driving. Most trucks, buses, and tractors have more torque. That’s because they need to do a lock of work but they don’t have to do it fast. More torque also gives you more towing capacity and payload.

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