Do You Understand What the Term Horsepower Means?

Almost every advertisement for a vehicle will mention horsepower in some form. But what exactly does that mean and where does the term come from? Our team at Carolina Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to dive into the term’s original context.

The term horsepower was coined by James Watt in the 18th century. He originally came up with this as a way to sell his new steam engines to prospective buyers. At the time, horses were the benchmark. So by watching ponies work at a coal mine, he deemed that average pony could exert 22,000-foot-pounds per minute. To be on the conservative side, he rounded that up to 33,000-foot-pounds and called that one horsepower. The term stuck, and engine horsepower has been measured against it since.

If you have any more questions on horsepower or any other automotive related term, then feel free to contact the knowledgeable staff here at 891 Highway 1 in Lugoff, SC. We are always here to help and are happy to do so!

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