Torque is mentioned in many of the articles featured in SunWheels. So, what’s torque and why is it important?

Simply put, torque is the amount of “turning power” a car has, and it’s the same force needed when you turn a wrench.

When is torque useful and important?

The primary use of torque is to make the car accelerate, and the number usually quoted is the maximum torque of the internal-combustion engine at the crankshaft – and that’s usually higher than the amount at the wheels.

More torque also tends to mean a faster 0-100km/h time as it enables the car to accelerate faster in the initial stages of movement – when the car is or picking up speed from rest.

Torque is also important when vehicles get heavier and larger. For example, a double cab bakkie will need more torque to begin moving or keep cruising.