Horsepower Simply Explained


When buying a new vehicle, many people want to know how much horsepower is under the hood. Most of us understand that the more horsepower you have the higher performance can be obtained from the car. However, few know exactly what it really is.

The term horsepower originated with the steam engine designer, James Watt, who just wanted to sell more of his product. He knew that if he could impress potential buyers with the amount of work his machines could produce they would make a purchase. After watching ponies working in a coal mine he estimated that the average pony could pull 22,000 foot-pounds per minute. Then he bumped that up to 33,000 and named it horsepower.

In practical terms, horsepower is equivalent to the strength of one pony pulling 33 pounds in one minute.

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