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It's not all about the peak power....

Discussion in 'General car Chat' started by Lunchmoney, 10 August 2018 at 08:05.

  1. Lunchmoney

    Lunchmoney Torque Master

    Messages:
    925
    From:
    Poole, UK
    Car:
    '98 JDM Impreza STI
    Everyone loves big numbers, 300bhp, 400, 500! POWER!!
    But it's not always about peak output, often the space under the curve is the important part.

    The Mighty Car Mod boys recently built a Nissan Fairlady with an RB32 engine. Should achieve 350kw, iirc, (about 470bhp). But when they took to the track vs Super Gramps (their Subaru wagon running about 250kw/335bhp, the "slower" car was the star of the day.

    Here they give a good explanation as to why (and why in other circumstances the Nissan would be king)

    Remember - it's not about total power, it's about how quickly you can put that power down to the tyres and road.
     
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  2. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    40,780
    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    People lose sight of mid range torque and get carried away with a peak power figure at top rpm's.

    Interesting video, thanks for posting.
     
  3. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

    Messages:
    4,308
    From:
    Brisbane
    Car:
    JB Starion
    It's the mid range torque that makes a car feel lively and get out of corners way better than one that only has more top end power that arrives like turning on a light.
     
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