Why Do You Want to Know About Horsepower?

It is not unusual to hear folks in racing, trucking, farming and nearly every other industry talking about the horsepower of their vehicles and machines. Even ordinary people, like you and me, want to know how powerful their cars and trucks are. What most of us are interested in knowing is if they can trust their engines to do what they want them to do, whether in a pinch of just driving down the road.

Horsepower is used to indicate the power behind the machine, but who came up with that calculation? James Watt is credited with that honor. This inventor and steam engine designer created a method to describe this power from his observations of ponies at work in coal mines. What he found was that each pony was capable of pulling 33 pounds of coal per minute. This is where the term horsepower came into being.

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