Learn More about the Importance of Horsepower

We are accustomed to judging the power of the engine of a vehicle by the amount of horsepower it has. For most of us, this is a vague measure of how fast the car will go and how quickly we can get the car up and go from a standing start.

Of course, this is all true, but the true origin of the term horsepower is an interesting one. In the 18th century, the famous inventor, James Watt needed a way to sell steam engines to his customers so he came up with a measuring standard based on the work that horses could do. Since the horse was the predominant method of transportation at the time, this made a lot of sense to most people.

While Watt was working with ponies at a coal mine, he calculated that a horse could move 32,000 foot-pounds per minute and thus was born the estimated horsepower that he used in his sales point for his steam engines. The nomenclature has carried over to today, and now it is a common measure of the power of a vehicle.

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