What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Gas PedalMost drivers know that horsepower is a good standard to judge how fast a car is but what about torque? What does a car’s torque mean? That’s a question many drivers interested in performance vehicles find themselves asking and the answer can get rather complicated. Fortunately, we at Gossett VW Porsche have a simplified answer of what a car’s torque actually means.

Put simply, power is how fast something can reach a certain point while torque is the ability to do work. That remains true in modern cars. Horsepower determines how fast a car can reach a certain speed while torque is how fast the car can actually accelerate.

The torque listed on a vehicle specification page is how much torque the engine can produce. That isn’t necessarily how much torque reaches the wheels. Either way, higher torque means faster acceleration.

Larger engines produce more torque due to the amount of air flowing into the engine. That air is combined with fuel and compressed in a combustion chamber to produce horsepower and torque. Trucks are a perfect example of how torque works. Since most trucks are designed to tow, they need more torque to accelerate while pulling heavy loads. Thanks to their larger engines, trucks are capable of gaining speed even though they may be pulling thousands of pounds.

Coming Up Next in the Memphis Summer Concert Series: REO Speedwagon!

Every year, Live at the Garden hosts some of the best concerts around. The Memphis Summer Concert series puts amazing musicians in a beautiful venue for the best summer nights you can get. Here’s what’s coming up at Live at the Garden!

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Who: REO Speedwagon

On Thursday, August 25th, REO Speedwagon is coming to Memphis! REO’s rock ‘n’ roll hits like “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run” sound just as good today as they did decades ago thanks to their talent and determination to keep their music alive! Kevin Cronin looks younger than ever and rocks out along with bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboard), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and drummer Bryan Hitt.

REO Speedwagon celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007, and you won’t want to miss them in their 49th year! So come down to Live at the Garden and rock out with REO!

When: August 25th, 2016

Gates open up at 6:00pm and the concert starts at 8:00pm.

How: Ticketmaster

Go to Ticketmaster’s event page to snag some tickets for this concert! If you want to be up front and close, grab some tickets in the Gossett Motor Cars Pit!

Now get out there and “Take It on the Run”!

4 July Musical Performances in Memphis

ConcertMemphis is a city renowned for its music. There is no better time to experience all of the wonderful music that Memphis has to offer than during the summer season. Even though the summer is already halfway through, there are still plenty of talented acts to see coming to Memphis during the rest of July. Here are four July musical performances in Memphis to start off the second half of the summer!

Shinedown (July 20)

Shinedown is teaming up with fellow rock performers Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry to bring modern day rock music to the city of classic Rock’n’Roll!

MercyMe (July 29)

Don’t miss your chance to catch one of the world’s most famous and talented Christian bands in concert this summer when they stop by Memphis during their tour around the country.

Billy Currington (July 29)

Billy Currington will also be stopping by Memphis on July 29 as part of the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series, located at the Memphis Botanic Gardens.

The Charlie Daniels Band (July 29)

The Devil may have gone down to Georgia, but the Charlie Daniels Band will make their way down to Memphis to entertain audiences with plenty of wild fiddle-based fun!

Futuristic Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Car at NYIAS

VolkswagenThe Volkswagen BUDD-e concept car, which was shown last month at the New York International Auto Show, is what Volkswagen is calling the “truly social car”—it uses voice recognition technology to talk to you.

Initially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, the BUDD-e concept has a basic system of commands such as opening doors and activating the navigation system, but its voice recognition software is still less advanced than Apple’s Siri.

Voice recognition isn’t all this car has going for it, though. The 34-inch backseat display, curved dashboard touchscreen, and motion-activated door handles all make the BUDD-e car feel like it’s straight out of the future. This super-advanced electric car will have a range of 230 miles and take only 30 minutes to charge to 80% from 0%.

According to Volkswagen, the BUDD-e won’t be on the road until 2020. Expect it to be made available by the end of the decade though, marking a breakthrough in an EV world that is currently held back by long charging times and limited range.

Fastest Porsches of All Time

Porsche knows speed and style, and the brand’s vehicles never lack in performance. Curious as to just how elite these cars are? Here are five of the fastest Porches of all time:

  1. Porsche 911 GT2 RS – This car has a top track speed of 205 mph and can move from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.4 seconds.
  2. Porsche 918 Spyder – This takes a slight silver medal to the 911, topping at 202 mph. It goes from 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds.
  3. Porsche Carrera GT – Originally produced between 2004 and 2007, this Porsche was a game-changer with a top speed of 201.5 mph. It was one of Sport Car International’s top cars of the decade and eighth in the magazine’s top cars of all time.
  4. Porsche 911 Turbo S – A top speed of 196 mph might not hit the 200 mark, but its impressive 0 to 60 time of 3.1 seconds turns heads.
  5. Porsche 911 GT3 – Yes, another 911! This car goes a top speed of 194 mph, and has always been a favorite.

    2016 Porsche 911 GT3
    2016 Porsche 911 GT3

Top Five Best Road Trip Apps

road tripThinking about taking a road trip anytime soon? While it’s always nice to leave the technology behind, these great road trip apps can really enhance your experience!

# 1 – Waze

If you don’t have Waze by now, you are really missing out. Crowd-sourcing traffic info is simply brilliant. You won’t find more up-to-date traffic data anywhere. Plus, you can ask other Waze users about attractions as you come into a new area.

# 2 – TollSmart

Planning on traveling to a location where there are tollbooths everywhere? TollSmart helps you find out exactly how much upcoming tolls are.

# 3 – GasBuddy

Ever get off on an exit to get gas and the prices are super high? Sometimes you feel compelled to buy the gas anyway in order not to waste time. You won’t have to go through that again with GasBuddy.

# 4 – Roadside America

Tired of mainstream attractions? The Roadside America app will help you find offbeat, weird, and otherwise strange attractions nearby.

# 5 – Spotify

What’s a road trip without great jams? There are lots of great music streaming apps out there but Spotify is one of the best. Pick a human-curated playlist, lower the windows, and crank up the volume!

‘Maria Sharapova and Friends, Presented by Porsche’ Brings Tennis Back to LA

Porsche 911 Carrera
Current Porsche 911 Carrera

Late in 2015, Porsche partnered with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to create a unique tennis-themed event.

Maria Sharapova and Friends, presented by Porsche took place from December 12-13 and featured an all-star assembly of tennis greats including Andy Roddick and Kei Nishikori, as well as less well-knowns like American player Madison Keys.

The event featured a two-day tournament between the players and included Andy Roddick and Michael Chang, both of whom came out of retirement briefly to participate. Sharapova wanted to get players ready for the Australian Open in a more serious exhibition match than usual.

Porsche officials expressed excitement at the partnership with Sharapova for the event, saying the “power and elegance” of the sport and of Sharapova herself are “the exact characteristics that are conveyed in our sports cars.”

The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera was present at the tournament, highlighting the connection to sportiness and athleticism the brand aims for. The 2017 Carrera is more powerful than ever, with an even higher horsepower than previous models, bringing it up to 370 hp.

How to Eat Well on a Road Trip

roadtripStaying away from fast food when you’re on a road trip can be seriously difficult, and if you have dietary restrictions like food allergies, it’s even worse. Is it even possible to eat well on a road trip? We have some tips for you to stay healthy.

Tip #1: Bring your own meals, as many as you can. Get a cooler and bring fresh fruit with you, maybe a veggie tray, sandwiches, granola bars, nuts, and other healthy snacks. Eat these instead of stopping at McDonald’s. It’s cheaper, too, and it’s not like you can’t stop at a grocery store instead of a fast food joint.

Tip #2: Eat often and eat small portions. Being super-full on the road is never good, and eating small amounts of healthy food frequently will keep you energized and feeling refreshed.

Tip #3: Get protein. Nuts are a great source of protein, they’re easy to eat, and they keep well!

Tip #4: Drink lots of fluids, preferably water and juice. They keep your hunger down.

Tip #5: If you stay in hotels, eat breakfast. This will keep your energy up throughout the day!

Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

ThanksgivingEver find yourself looking for fun things to do after Thanksgiving dinner? We’ve thrown together some cool ideas to help you get out and about on one of those most wonderful days of the year.

# 1 – Go to the movies!

Many film studios wait until late in the year to release productions, knowing that this is primarily when people are in the mood for a movie. Not only do we recommend going to see a movie after Thanksgiving dinner, but see a comedy and bring the whole family.

# 2 – Play games!

Board games for the kids, Texas Hold ‘Em for the parents.

# 3 – Take a hike!

If weather is permitting and you can make it outside before sundown, there is nothing like taking a hike with your relatives. Plus, this will give you a chance to walk off the huge meal you just ate.

# 4 – Decorate for Christmas!

If you are the practical type, why not enlist your guests to help you decorate for Christmas? It can be fun to put up Christmas lights and plus, it gets you outside. Or you could just use something like this to get rid of your guests, which is probably more likely.