Gear heads have made this simple idea complicated. But you get it.
Don’t Worry. You Got This.
You use it every day: it’s simply a twisting force that causes rotation. I may have used it last night to take the cork out of my wine bottle. It’s the force that propels your lipstick out of its case. It’s also the force that propels your car when you hit the accelerator.
Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the back of the car.
Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall.
Torque is how far you take the wall after you hit it.
But What Does Torque Really Mean?
It’s that blow-your-hair-back feeling of thrust. And we love that, right?