Horsepower and Torque

Horsepower and Torque are the key specification numbers that tell us about the performance of a vehicle. In simple words, Horsepower refers the maximum power of a vehicle, whereas Torques refers to how fast the vehicles will accelerate.

They are associated by the equation:

Horsepower = (Torque x RPM) รท 5252


Technically The definition of one horsepower is 33,000 foot-pounds per minute. One horsepower is a large amount of power.

So horsepower implies how much distance your vehicle moves, while pushing your vehicle weight forward, in a minutes time. So more horsepower means more distance and more weight will be pulled in a minutes time.


Torque is defined as a force around a given point, applied at a radius from that point. Note that the unit of Torque is one pound-foot (often misstated), while the unit of work is one foot-pound.

So for your vehicle this means how fast your Tyre will rotate in a given time. So more torque produces more rotations per minute on your Tyre. That means your vehicle will move forward faster i.e. will accelerate faster.


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