How can torque be calculated?
Torque, or a moment, is defined as the cross product between a force and the position of that force relative to a given point. The torque formula is:
In a two-dimensional setting, torque is simply give as the product between a force and a position vector which is perpendicular to the force. (Or also the component of a force vector perpendicular to a given force vector).
You will often see a torque specification recorded on truck commercials because it reflects the ability of the engine to transfer rotational motion into linear motion. (Drive shaft turns the axles of the car).