Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Let me rephrase that a little, since most people are confused a little over that saying.
The higher Torqued engine of two EQUAL HP engines win races. On similar cars.
More importantly, torque at the WHEELS win races. Precisely, it's the function of wheel torque / mass that gives acceleration. (acce. = force / mass)
Cummins make 600 lb-ft of torque; takes 10 seconds to reach 60 (12 on dually). 18's in the 1/4 mile.
Honda S2000, 153 lb-ft of torque; 6.3 seconds 0 - 60. 14's in the quarter mile.
Why? While the Honda is pulling hard in 1st and 2nd, the Cummins, with its 3000rpm limit, is already in 4th. It's making much less torque per pound of body mass compared to the S2000.
Find me a 10 second car that has only torque. HP wins races, hp is a function of torque. High hp is either a result of extremely high torque (1000 lb-ft) at low rpm (3000 rpm) or moderate torque (say 250 lb-ft) at very high rpm ( 10,000rpm).
If torque alone wins races, Schumascher would be swapping in a semi diesel in his car!