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Automotive Glossary

Torque

Torque

Torque is the amount of rotational effort exerted at the crankshaft by an engine. The unit of measure is a pound-foot, which represents a force of one pound acting at right angles at the end of an arm one foot long. Remember: "Torque gets it going, and Horsepower keeps it going." Torque is used for moving from a standing stop; such as pulling a boat out of the water. Torque is the force that throws you back in your seat when you stomp on the gas. Horsepower is used for things like towing a trailer over a distance. Horsepower also creates a vehicle's top-end speed.

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