• Tommy Phillips carded his 30th national event victory last weekend!
    You read that right... 30 NATIONAL EVENT WINS!! This is quite the milestone for Tommy, a tried-and-true veteran Super class racer who has worked very hard and has well-deserved every one of those victories.
    Read more
  • P.B. Candies Makes Quickest-Ever Super Stock Pass
    P.B. Candies reset the all-time NHRA Super Stock E.T. record with a blistering 7.85 pass at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indy using a Hughes Performance GM95 Pro-V series 9" torque converter!
    Read more
  • Jeff Gillette - NHRA Division 7 Top Sportsman champion for the 2014 racing season!
    Jeff Gillette - NHRA Division 7 Top Sportsman champion for the 2014 racing season!
    Congratulations Jeff on the outstanding performance all season long! You worked hard and earned this championship every step of the way. We sincerely appreciate being a small part of your program.
  • Bobby Dye Jr. Walks Away With a Wally at the NHRA Toyota Nationals!
    Bobby Dye Jr. Walks Away With a Wally at the NHRA Toyota Nationals!
    Bobby piloted his Specialty Fasteners-sponsored dragster to the front of the class in Super Comp, clinching the national event win with a final round 9.063 pass at 165.38 MPH.
  • 2014 SCSN Las Vegas Xtreme Drag Radial/True Ten Five class champion!
    Chris Alston Jr. of Chris Alston's Chassisworks is your 2014 Street Car Super Nationals Las Vegas Xtreme Drag Radial/True Ten Five class champion!
    Read more
  • The Hughes Performance 4L80E Package
    Looking for the ultimate high horsepower overdrive transmission for your GM, Ford, or Chrysler product?  Is a 700R-4 or 200-4R not up to the task?  The Hughes Performance 4L80E is the solution for all your high performance overdrive needs. Click for More...
    Read more
  • Armen Maghdessian is the PSCA 2014 Wild Street class champion!
    Armen clinched the championship at the PSCA Finals in Fontana last weekend. Not only did Armen secure the season championship, but he also won the event with a 4.972 E.T. at 147.36 MPH!!!
    Read more
  • Troy Coughlin Jr. Wins Again!!!
    For the second time in his still-blossoming career, Troy Coughlin Jr. has earned drag racing's crown jewel by winning the Super Gas category at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in his JEGS.com Corvette roadster.
    Read more
  • James Lawrence and the Blownz Racing Team
    James Lawrence and the Blownz Racing Team
    made serious waves this season in the notoriously competitive NMCA Street Outlaw class. Dragzine.com's "Project Blown Z" re-emerged this season as a completely new combination... new engine, new converter and transmission, new chassis, new engine management, the list goes on and on.
  • ALL-NEW GM99 Legal Traction Control (LTC) Torque Converter
    The GM99 LTC converter is at the forefront of 9" torque converter technology for Super class racing applications such as Super Street, Super Gas, and Super Comp, and is an excellent option for many other drag racing applications where maximum consistency and power management is of utmost importance.
    Read more
  • Ron DeHoop is your official NMCA West Nostalgia Street Car 2014 season champion!
    Ron DeHoop is your official NMCA West Nostalgia Street Car 2014 season champion!
    This marks the second year running that Ron has clinched this title. Ron's deadly consistent Chevelle relies on a potent 434 small block Chevrolet to provide the power while a Hughes Performance Pro-IV series 8" torque converter and Pro Series Powerglide delivers the goods. Congratulations Ron! Great job this season. We really appreciate your support of Hughes Performance. Thanks for choosing us to be a small part of your program!
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO TOMMY PHILLIPS FOR AMAZING NHRA DOUBLE VICTORY!
    Tommy started off this stunning performance by clinching the Super Comp class victory with a 8.918 pass at 170.23 MPH. Tommy then hopped in the new-for-2014 Camaro roadster and earned the Super Gas class win with a 9.899 pass at 159.27 MPH.
    Read more

What is Torque Converter Stall


Torque converter stall speed is the maximum amount of engine RPM that can be achieved in an automatic transmission-equipped vehicle while the transmission is in a forward operating range without generating any driveshaft motion.

All advertised stall speed ratings of all torque converters are nominal ratings regardless of the manufacturer or converter design. These advertised ratings are not indicative of the actual stall characteristics of a torque converter. Advertised stall speed ratings are published simply as a general guideline to help in the selection of the correct torque converter for a customer’s application. A torque converter will provide a range of stall speeds based on the amount of load that is placed on the torque converter. Many factors influence torque converter stall speed including; output torque of the engine, vehicle weight, rear axle ratio, rear tire height, torque converter diameter, impeller fin angle design, stator design, impeller-to-turbine clearance, stator-to-impeller clearance, stator-to-turbine clearance, and brake bias.



When considering torque output of the engine, you must not only consider peak torque but average torque, and must consider all components and design characteristics of an engine that will influence torque production. Several key factors to consider in engine design that will have a dramatic impact on torque production and the overall shape of the torque curve include but are not limited to; stroke length, static and dynamic compression ratios, camshaft specifications, cylinder head intake runner volume, intake manifold design, header primary tube size and length, etc. Something as seemingly simple as an incorrectly tuned idle and/or part throttle circuit in a carburetor or incorrectly tuned ignition timing can have a dramatic negative impact on the stall speed characteristics of a torque converter.

Advertised stall speed ratings of Hughes Performance torque converters are generalized nominal ratings based on use with a properly tuned big block street or mild street/strip engine in a properly matched overall vehicle combination. Small block applications will typically vary 300 – 500 RPM lower in maximum observed stall speed as compared to advertised stall speed. This is especially evident in small displacement engines with short stroke length such as a 289 or 302 Ford V8 engine, as well as small block engines with low static compression ratio (generally less than 9.5:1), large cylinder head intake runner volume (generally 215cc and larger), large camshaft profiles (generally 250 degrees @ .050” and larger), and/or camshaft profiles with a tight lobe separation angle (generally 107 degrees and tighter). Small block engines featuring one or more of these design characteristics may generate stall speeds even lower than the general 300 – 500 RPM rule mentioned previously.

There are three common methods to gauge the stall speed characteristics of a torque converter. Footbrake stall is the maximum amount of engine RPM that can be achieved in a forward operating range with the brakes fully applied to prevent the vehicle from moving forward. Footbrake stall is not an accurate method of determining the true maximum stall speed of a torque converter. Furthermore, advertised stall speed ratings are not based on footbrake stall speed. Maximum static stall is the maximum amount of engine RPM that can be achieved in a forward operating range without generating any driveshaft motion. Maximum static stall can only be verified in a transbrake-equipped vehicle. Flash stall is the amount of engine RPM (or flash) that is observed upon initial acceleration under load. The easiest method for checking flash stall is to drive the vehicle at low speed in second or third range and immediately transition to wide open throttle. The RPM level that the engine immediately accelerates to is the flash stall. Flash stall speed is one of the most useful ways to truly gauge the stall speed characteristics of a torque converter and how those characteristics will influence the acceleration potential of a vehicle.

All street and street/strip torque converters manufactured by Hughes Performance are built with the highest quality components and are intended for performance use. In fact, Hughes Performance street and street/strip torque converters have many of the same internal features that you will find in many custom built race-specific torque converters. However, Hughes Performance street and street/strip torque converters are not designed for use in any transbrake-equipped application. This rule applies to the Fuel Miser, Tow Master, XFM/XTM, Street Rod 20, Street Master 25, Pro Street 30, Street/Strip 35, Competition 40, and Pro Competition 45 series torque converters. Special consideration must also be given when using these converters in applications that utilize a power adder. Hughes Performance offers several heavy duty upgrades on our street and street/strip converters to make these units compatible with mild power adders such as nitrous oxide, supercharging, and turbocharging. A custom built Hughes Performance Pro Series torque converter is required for use with any transbrake application as well as any application using multiple power adders. A Pro Series torque converter is also generally a good choice for any application exceeding 650 flywheel horsepower. Be sure to fill out and submit one of our online tech cards for an immediate recommendation from one of our torque converter experts!