How Horsepower Got Its Name

Horsepower is an often used barometer used to describe how much power a vehicle has to offer. The term came about during the 18th century when the famous inventor, James Watt needed a way to describe the power of his steam engines to his potential customers. He wanted a way to equate the power of the steam engines in a way that could be understood.

The main source of transportation at the time was the horse, so that would be the common denominator of how people could understand the power of a machine. Watt was observing some ponies at work at a coal mine, and he deduced that one pony could move 33,000-foot pounds a minute. Thus the term "horsepower" came into use as a measure of work that a machine could perform.

If you have a question as to how much horsepower a particular vehicle can muster, just ask the staff here at Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram the next time you visit.

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