# Finally A Torque Vs Horsepower Explanation We Can All Understand

Randy Pobst Sits Down To Explain What These Numbers Actually Mean.

3y ago
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Randy Pobst has driven everything, that is not hyperbole that is an actual scientific fact. Ok, maybe not everything, but if there is any individual who has come close it is Pobst. This makes the Motor Trend presenter uniquely qualified to explain many things related to cars. This brings us neatly to Horsepower vs Torque. We know that power is the defining characteristic of any car. For example, a Bugatti Chiron is all about 1500 horsepower and a face melting top speed. On the other end of the spectrum the Mazda Miata has a relatively small amount of power but it is all about the driving sensation and how fast you are actually going is irrelevant.

Ask most "car guys" what the difference between torque and horsepower is and you are likely to get different answers from many of them. It is slightly difficult to explain without coming across like James May. Enter Mr. Pobst who recently sat down with vinwiki to give his fantastically simple explanation of the two units of measurement we all take for granted.

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• Like a grandpa telling stories... LOVE IT!

3 years ago
• Good explanation! Thanks for sharing

3 years ago
• Randy is like Bill nye for car guys.

3 years ago
• Torque is a measure of axial work. Horsepower is torque over time. 1 hp=550 lbs per second. The most satisfying car to drive for me was an old friends '70 Maverick with a 351W and a 5 speed. Shift right under 5k and it would land nicely in mid 3k where the torque was.

3 years ago
• Perfect. Also like how you shift the latest mx5 at about the same rpm as my 1991 diesel starlet. Not that I actually had a tach on it, but after a quick Google, max power was at 5.2k, max torque at 4.9... for an old diesel, that's pretty damn high. I shifted at about 5k, up until I shifted into 4th, because it gave you the best hope of having any torque to play with in the next gear. 4th I think I shifted at about 3k because it took so long to do anything after that. Not a quick car at all.... but that diesel torque meant it would climb any hill. Tyres would break traction long before the engine couldn't cope.

3 years ago