Torque

Torque is the measurement of a force's tendency to rotate an object around an axis. It may be thought of as the twisting force or the turning force on an object (in our case, the crankshaft). You can think of torque as the potential to do work or as a vehicles ability to push forward. The greater the torque, the greater the ability to push.

Horsepower is a function of the torque and the rotational speed of the engine. Think of torque as the ability to push weight, but horsepower is the ability for speed. A light weight vehicle may not need much torque to get off the line quickly, but will still need a bit of horsepower to reach high speeds. Where, inversely, a big, heavy dump truck needs a lot of torque to move it's weight, but may not need a lot of horsepower as it does not need to reach high speeds.

Ft Lb - Foot pounds is the most common unit of torque in the United States. Think of using a wrench to turn a bolt. If you put 20 lbs of force and are holding the wrench 1 foot from the bolt, you applying 20 ft lbs of torque to the bolt.

Nm - Newton meters is the metric equivalent of ft lbs. There are approximately 0.7376 ft lbs per Nm.

Rankings

Vehicle Name Torque (ft lb)
1 2016 Koenigsegg Regera 1475
2 2011 GTA Motor GTA Spano 1220
3 2017 Bugatti Chiron 1180
4 2013 Hennessey Venom GT 1155
5 2006 SSC Ultimate Aero 1112
6 2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 1106
7 2009 Zenvo ST1 1054
8 2014 Koenigsegg One:1 1011
9 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder 944
10 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder w/ Weissach Package 944