The Role of Horsepower in Our Car Buying Decision

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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