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Maybe this is a stupid question, but it's been a long time since I was in physics class: In the first scenario, if the engine is producing 500 lbs*ft and only a total of 40 lbs*ft is getting put to the ground by the wheels, where does all the extra torque go?
 

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Maybe this is a stupid question, but it's been a long time since I was in physics class: In the first scenario, if the engine is producing 500 lbs*ft and only a total of 40 lbs*ft is getting put to the ground by the wheels, where does all the extra torque go?
The slipping wheel limits all the other wheels to putting down an equal amount of torque.
 

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Maybe this is a stupid question, but it's been a long time since I was in physics class: In the first scenario, if the engine is producing 500 lbs*ft and only a total of 40 lbs*ft is getting put to the ground by the wheels, where does all the extra torque go?
I don't believe the engine is producing 500 lb-ft of torque in the scenario where wheels are slipping and you have open diffs. Similar to what's going on when you rev the engine in neutral. The engine would over-rev if given enough fuel/air mixture to produce peak power when it has no load.
 

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