Everyone knows that big cubic inch and long stroke combos can make big torque, and of course the diesel engines that have become the norm in recent years are torque monsters. But what about the LS engine? I have heard a lot of people talk about them not making torque, which makes me laugh when you people talk about what makes an engine make good torque. I’m talking primarily about the stroke of the engine. LS engines have longer strokes, from the factory, than all but one small block Chevrolet produced before them. So shouldn’t they be torque monsters? What really determines the torque producing potential of an LS engine? Can you cam one for torque? Well of course you can. The camshaft is the brain of the engine in that it controls when the fuel and air and exhaust do their dance in relation to each other and therefore determines when in the rpm range that power is made and how. This can effect torque dramatically.
In this video from Richard Holdener he’ll explain just how this all works and what camshafts can do for the torque in your LS. This can come in handy in an LS Swapped truck or late model truck that is in need of more grunt. Oh, and don’t forget that if you add a turbo to any LS it immediately makes big torque. Just saying.