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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…

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