Horsepower, and torque

29 July 2005

Can someone explain the dif­fer­ence between horse­power and torque? Despite well-intentioned efforts, I still don’t get it. I think part of the problem is that it’s always ex­plained in terms of vehicle motors. So you have two, and one has more horsepower, and one has more torque? But … I don’t in­tu­itively un­der­stand car motors! Is there some engine/motor/thing that that I’m fa­mil­iar with that has a whole lot of torque, but hardly any horsepower? And a some engine/motor/thing that has a whole lot of horse­power and hardly any torque?