What Is the Origin Of The Term Horsepower?

If you are looking for a new vehicle to buy, why not stop by Westcott Mazda when you are in National City, CA to see what we have to offer. While you are at it, ask a member of our professional sales team if they can explain what is meant by horsepower. They might get a little technical about that, so be sure to have them explain how this term originated. That should help clear things up.

For starters, James Watt, an 18th-century steam engine designer, is credited with coming up with the idea of horsepower as a means of selling his creation. After watching ponies performing work at a coal mine, he deduced that one pony could pull 33 pounds of weight per minute.

Now that you know from whence it came, maybe you can have a realistic talk with someone who can elaborate more on the subject of horsepower and how it relates to modern vehicles.

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