Why Do We Measure Vehicle Power In Horsepower?

Everywhere across the globe car manufacturers use horsepower as a means to measure power when it comes to their engines. If you have ever wondered why, we at McLaren Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ will fill you in with the basic reasons behind this universal measurement of power.

Scottish inventor and steam engine engineer, James Watt determined that one horse could in fact do approximately 33,000 ft·lb of work every minute and can turn a 12 foot mill wheel 144 times per hour. So basically, one horsepower is equivalent to 33,000 ft·lbf/min.

Watt made improvements on his version of the Newcomen steam engine and used horsepower to compare the output to old engine models so he could market his own successfully. Some people were still using draft horses to move powerful machinery during those times, he would have to explain his engine in ways that these people would understand.

If you have any additional questions about horsepower, or about how it affects your experience behind the wheel of one of our Maserati vehicles, stop by our dealership today!

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