Foot-pound or foot-pound: is there a difference?

When talking about cars, enthusiasts often mention torque, horsepower, and other words you may have heard in physics class but never understood. Car lovers understand the jargon behind vehicle performance, but the average driver may have no idea what it means. Let’s take a look under the hood and learn more about torque, including foot-pounds and foot-pounds.

torque is rotational

Torque: foot-pounds or foot-pounds - is there a difference?
Torque at work on a burnt out car | Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Along with horsepower, torque is a primary measure of a car’s powertrain performance. JD Power explains the term clearly and concisely:

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