What Does Horsepower Really Mean?


Horsepower is a term that was invented in the 18th century. An engineer named James Watt had created a steam engine that he was trying to sell to potential customers. He needed a way to explain how powerful his product was. He came up with a reference from an experience he had while seeing horses work in the coal mines. He estimated that one pony could do 22,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute.

James Watt up sold this theory by saying it was 33,000 foot-pounds of work per minute. He later applied this to his engines and coined the phrase "Horsepower."

Basically, horsepower means that if your car only has one horsepower, then it is capable of pulling 33 lbs in one minute.

Some car shoppers know more about the value of horsepower than others. If you are looking for more information come into Audi Albuquerque and get a presentation from our staff.
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