Where Did the Term Horsepower Come From?

Whenever we are thinking of purchasing a car or truck the term "horsepower" comes into play at some point in the conversation. Horsepower is a measure of the amount of power the engine has in order to move the car. The more horsepower, the faster the car will go.

The term came about in the 18th century when James Watt, the noted inventor was looking for a way to sell steam engines. He was observing ponies at a coal mine as they hauled coal and he calculated that they were moving coal at the rate of 22,000 foot-pounds per minute. He translated that finding to 33,000 foot-pounds per minute for horses and the term "horsepower" was on the map.

At the time, the primary method of transportation came from the horse, so it was an easy transition to use the horse as everyone could identify with it. If you have a question about a vehicle's horsepower, you can get further information from our team at Frank Boucher Mazda of Racine!

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