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> Torque is good!!!
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post Nov 26 2010, 12:00 AM
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For the first time tonight, I had a full load of 5 adults in my Forte. I was curious to see how the car would do with a full load like this (we also had some stuff in the trunk). And we were traveling in a very hilly area. I figured full load, auto trans, and big hills would lead to some not so great performance. But I forgot one thing... this 2.4 Theta II has a shipload of torque. Two words... no problemo. This car went up the hills with ease and the transmission only downshifted once on the steepest hill.

Color me impressed. The engine has about 35 ft/lbs more torque than the Beta II in my GT and it makes a huge difference in the low end grunt. thumbsup.gif


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post Nov 26 2010, 03:41 AM
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Sounds great! Happy to hear your new car working out so well. I remember being similarly impressed with the Beta II when it first took a full load of adults, and they were stocky guys too.


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post Nov 26 2010, 02:03 PM
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You'll have to try that in the summer with the A/C on - see how well you do
Should still be fine though, that Theta will haul.


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I :heart: torx..... I even drove the torque beast to the folks on turkey day.


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Okay, so maybe this is me being lazy, or just incompetent... but what is torque exactly? I know that it helps with acceleration under load (or even on empty weight). But no one has really ever explained it to me at all in any sense. I just know that torque is there and that if not careful it can create a lot of wheel spin when you don't need it (like at the track in a high horsepower car). The only person that I know of that knows what torque is was the Stig and he died driving off an aircraft carrier.


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QUOTE (Vampyrate @ Nov 26 2010, 11:47 AM) *
Okay, so maybe this is me being lazy, or just incompetent... but what is torque exactly? I know that it helps with acceleration under load (or even on empty weight). But no one has really ever explained it to me at all in any sense. I just know that torque is there and that if not careful it can create a lot of wheel spin when you don't need it (like at the track in a high horsepower car). The only person that I know of that knows what torque is was the Stig and he died driving off an aircraft carrier.


Best I can come up with without losing myself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torque

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post Nov 26 2010, 05:57 PM
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HP is what keeps you going, Torque is the "oomph" that pushes you back in your seat when you start.

Technically torque is a measurement of rotational force, hp is a measurement of power. If stopping a free spinning tire with your hand, the motion you feel when trying to stop it is torque, the energy you use to make it stop is like HP.


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post Nov 26 2010, 07:56 PM
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gotcha, so in other words, torque is the rotational force that is used to create kinetic energy while hp will help to maintain that energy over time/distance?


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Torque is good.


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How come you can push a 3000lb stalled car up to 5 mph but you can't manage to even run by yourself (<200lbs) at 50mph or even 30? Because there are internal speed limitations. Your legs have mass and you can't accelerate them quickly enough (0-40mph-0 again with every step). Internal combustion engines have similar problems moving pistons and valves quickly enough at high RPM. Except maybe rotary engines which have no valves and do spin at higher RPMs, but even they have to wait for the air to enter the combustion chamber. Turbo rotaries seem... fun.


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to me.... torque is king.


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