In Reply to: Bad assumptions... posted by Zandr on April 20, 2000 at 13:26:45:
I guess I wasn't clear about the fact that I wasn't saying it's using the PEAK torque for a greater time (although, it isn't necessarily NOT), I was merely saying that it is using torque over time more effectively.
You know, on an S2000 or a 'Teg type R, if you raise the rev-range, you actually see more power due to the nature of the mathematical calculation of HP and the VTEC dynamics.
I think we are talking about the same thing... you just summarized the conclusion that I was alluding to.
By the way, peak torque IS peak torque... area under the curve doesn't make a lick of difference at 1 RPM... technically, there would be no area under the curve at a given point due to the singe-dimension nature of a point. The "curve" is inextricably linked to time in the real world.
Perhaps this is still concvoluted... in summary, an increase in area under the curve can be affected by a change in torque:time.