Is Horsepower Important?

January 24th, 2018 by

Horsepower might be important to different vehicle owners for different reasons. Some vehicle owners want a car, truck or SUV that can haul a heavy load. They want a vehicle that takes off quickly. These days many engines are built with horsepower in mind. The term has a lot of history behind it. It’s used with engines in cars, lawn mowers, and boats.

 

James Watt was an 18th-century engineer who came up with the term. He is also the namesake behind the term for the power behind a light bulb. Watt coined horsepower while working in a coal mine. He wanted to describe the energy it takes for horses to pull or lift coal in a certain amount of time. He originally figured it takes one pony one minute to produce 22,000 foot-pounds of work. He added 50% to come up with the 33,000 foot-pounds per minute standard of today.

This means your vehicle can produce 33 pounds of work per minute for each individual horsepower. This will tell you a lot about the modern vehicles of today and just how well designed they are. You can visit our team at Milford Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram today. We have an amazing amount of inventory with high amounts of horsepower to choose from!

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