Flip through the pages of almost any automotive publication and you will see horsepower and torque listed for each vehicle. But how much do you know about these measurements? Channel your inner motorhead, and see if you can ace this quiz.
What is horsepower?
work done over time
mechanical transfer of energy
nonmechanical transfer of energy
Who derived the measurement of horsepower?
True or false: The measurement of 1 horsepower is about 25 percent more than the rate of work an average horse can sustain.
What is torque?
a linear force
a twisting force causing rotation
rotation over time
Which scientist first discussed the concept of torque?
In the U.S., torque is measured in pound-feet, but what is the metric or SI unit of measure for torque?
What was the horsepower of the first gasoline automobile, the Benz Patent Motorcar?
0.5 horsepower (373 watts)
Which automobile enthusiast said, "Horsepower sells cars; torque wins races"?
How much horsepower does the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S produce?
403 horsepower (300,517 watts)
Which force is responsible for initiating the movement of a stationary vehicle?
What is the torque range of an average turbocharged engine of a semitrailer?
500-750 pound-feet (678-1,017 Newton meters)
Which measurement is most important to keep a moving vehicle at highway speed?
The Peel P50, the smallest car ever made, had how much horsepower?
How much torque does the new Peel P50 replica produce?
15.9 pound-feet (22 Newton meters)
True or false: Horsepower is calculated by using torque.
What device is used to measure the horsepower of an automobile?
What is the electrical equivalent of 1 horsepower?
How much torque does the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse produce?
706 pound-feet (957 Newton meters)
What does brake horsepower measure?
horsepower output with the drivetrain
horsepower output without the drivetrain
Which part of a vehicle is used for measuring brake horsepower?
the engine's flywheel
the rear wheels
On average, how much higher is brake horsepower than the standard measurement of horsepower?
It takes more torque or force to move a vehicle at rest than it does to move a vehicle in motion. Which law of physics supports this statement?
Newton's third law
Newton's second law
Newton's first law
At what rpm speed are torque and horsepower exactly the same?
They are never the same.
What is the heat equivalent of 1 horsepower?
1,545 British thermal units
2,545 British thermal units
3,545 British thermal units
The Landini Rex 110 utility tractor has one of the highest torque ratings of any tractor. How much torque does the Landini produce?
30,683 pound-feet (41,601 Newton meters)
What is the horsepower rating of the Landini Rex 110 utility tractor?
Electrical motor horsepower can be derived from which measurement?
electrical input in amps
electrical input in volts
electrical input in watts
Which race car driver and former Indy 500 winner once said, "If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower"?
True or false: In physics, torque is a scalar quantity (a value fully described by a number or magnitude).
Thrust horsepower of a jet engine can be determined by multiplying the thrust in pounds by aircraft speed and dividing by what number?