Torque written 10 years ago

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Whilst watching my weekly dose of Top Gear, I noticed that Jeremy Clarkson repeatedly said “Torques”. As in “this car has so many Torques…” or “just 811 Torques”.

This is not actually a unit and what the numpty means is Nm(Newton Metres), or Lbs/ft, or some other real unit.

Not this mumbo jumbo he speaks.

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Speaker Icon Tim Coulson 1 week later

Do you really think that Clarkson, a motoring journalist for twenty five years now, doesn’t know that torque is measured in lb/ft or Nm or whatever? He says torques because he realsies that 99% of his audience don’t care, any more than they care whether a car’s power output is measured in bhp or PS or whatever. What is important is that the viewers understand that the greater the number of torques the gruntier the power delivery of the car. Top Gear is a motoring nagazine show, not a technical show aimed at engineers. A sense of humour is required when watching. By taking this seriously you’ve exposed yourself as the numpty I’m afraid.

originally posted by Tim Coulson

Do you really think that Clarkson, a motoring journalist for twenty five years now, doesn’t know that torque is measured in lb/ft or Nm or whatever?

Obviously, he is infact an engineer after all.

He says torques because he realsies that 99% of his audience don’t care…

Unfortunately these 5 million people will then go out and try to conduct conversations amongst themselves, and before you know it you’ve got half the population talking complete and utter bollocks.

What is important is that the viewers understand that the greater the number of torques the gruntier the power delivery of the car.

If Clarkson really didn’t want to say lbs/ft why not say something like twice as much torque?

Top Gear is a motoring nagazine show, not a technical show aimed at engineers.

But they still say “miles per hour” why not “Speeds” or instead of bhp, “Powers”. Why not? because it’s bollocks.

A sense of humour is required when watching.

Don’t worry, I find Top Gear to be one of the funniest shows on TV. I just don’t understand why Clarkson feels the need to talk bollocks during a section which is relatively serious.

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