umm... sorta off-topic; sorta on-topic.
strickly speaking physics here, isn't the hp the engine produces a product of its torque?
like, you can draw the torque curve of the car and using a bit of math extrapolate the hp from the torque, since hp is a function of torque f(tq) = hp... right?
so, in the "big picture" isn't it more valuable to maximize torque, since the hp will be there anyway?
(i'm not exactly an automotive engineer or anything here , just an honest question)