Re: The Griffon engine
Yes, the torque is massive. Have a read of the accident report on G-TRIX at Goodwood in 2000, very sad reading but the critical cause was probably not anticipating the torque. The PDF is the first result when searching.
"It is probable that the subsequent roll to the left was because insufficient right rudder had been applied to counteract the 'torque roll' associated with power application."
BTW, nice for you to have had that experience. I think they were a different breed, intuition end experience does not seem as important these days.