I think we all know that. Perhaps the next graph can better explain why torque is king.
One engine makes more horsepower than the other. But which accelerates faster? Again, I think we both know the answer.
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Here's another one. Same engine with just a manifold change. The long-runner manifold change resulted in an extra 39hp. But was the car any faster? Can you tell by looking at these dyno figures which car is faster?
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Trick question! They were almost identical because the average torque (and power) are almost identical.
|Drag Strip||High Torque / Low HP||Low Torque / High HP|
|330 – foot||4.87||4.90|
|660- foot – 1/8th mile e.t.||7.48||7.51|
|¼ mile e.t.||11.64||11.69|
|¼ mile mph||118.7||118.3|
OK, so that 39hp was worth an extra 0.05 and 0.4mph. Now, which of these engines – considering they are just as fast as each other over the 1/4 – is really
the better engine?