"Horsepower is what you read about, but torque is what you feel” is a motor vehicle saying of unknown authorship. “There’s a saying among racers that goes like this: ‘Torque is what you feel, horsepower is what you read about/” was cited in print in October 1999. A 2004 citation credits an instructor at the General Motors Training Center for “Horsepower is what you read about, torque is what you feel.”
#40 of 118 Don’t by powerisfun
Oct 07, 1999 (1:38 am)
...let horsepower be the deciding factor. Torque is the real thing to look at when deciding which engine. There’s a saying among racers that goes like this: “Torque is what you feel, horsepower is what you read about”.
Motorcycle Message Board
Posted 9/3/2004 10:10 AM
I like the simple explaination of the difference given by an instructor at General Motors Training Center: “Horsepower is what you read about, torque is what you feel.”
Published: 07/07/2005 - by Dan Kahn, Contributor
While horsepower numbers impress your friends, torque is what you feel in the seat of your pants, and the V6 has lots of it. The engine pumps out 258 lb-ft from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm, which makes it a member of the flat torque curve club. Most amazing, however, is that the SportCombi puts that power to the pavement without any torque steer.
09-01-2005, 01:46 PM
Re: HP and Engine Displacement
Dynamometers actually do not measure HP. A dyno measures torque, and then uses a simple formula to calculate HP. hbaird gives the correct formula in his response.
Go to Google, type in “horsepower and torque” and you will get all the engineering/technical discussions you will ever want to read. One of the comments I like best is “Horsepower is what you read about. Torque is what you feel.”
Nov 3rd, 2008, 08:57 PM
my favorite phrase about the relationship between horsepower and torque: Horsepower is what you read about, torque is what you feel :!:
More torque to people
The Twist on Torque
Published: 11/11/2000 Updated: 08/25/2009 - by Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief
Finally, let me leave you with my favorite phrase about the relationship between horsepower and torque: Horsepower is what you read about, torque is what you feel.
Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum
02-07-2012, 09:58 AM
Question about Horsepower and Torque (Sorry if Long)
Hello, I was hoping you guys would be able to explain something to me that i have been wondering lately. I keep hearing the phrase that Torque wins races. Which is totally understandable. The more torque your able to generate the faster off the line you are capable of. If you can put that power to the ground.
Also another noteworthy quote is Torque is what you feel, Horsepower is what you read about. Which again is understandable. What i dont understand is WHEN does horsepower come into effect in a race? I know Horsepower is the result of an equation that includes torque.