LATELY — 29 July 2005

Horsepower, and torque

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?