If you’re like most car owners, your head starts to spin when you try to figure out the difference between torque and horsepower. We usually know that they have something to do with engine performance, but many times, even car enthusiasts aren’t sure about the difference between torque and horsepower.
Torque vs. Horsepower
Simply put, torque is how fast your engine can push air through its system giving it acceleration rate. Horsepower measures the power in your engine. More specifically, horsepower is how many feet your engine can a weight of 33,000 lbs. per minute. What this comes out to is that torque is how fast your car can accelerate from a stopping point, and horsepower is how quickly it can pull something.
How Can I Have More?
Increasing torque doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there are two great tactics for increasing yours that can also increase your horsepower. Increasing your throttle body diameter can greatly increase your vehicle’s capacity to accelerate by delivering more air at a faster rate. Tweaking your exhaust can also have great benefits. For example, adding an aftermarket header works like a larger throttle body to increase your vehicle’s airflow creating more combustion that leads to acceleration and power.
These two simple modifications can increase your torque and your horsepower by increasing the airflow which increases your engine’s combustion. For more tips on getting the most from your vehicle, or to have your vehicle serviced, call the experts at Japanese Car Specialties, Inc today.