How Horsepower Works & What It Means

We have all heard the term horsepower used to try and tell us how powerful an engine is but do we really know what this word means or even where it came from? The origins of this term goes back to the 18th century when a Scottish inventor, chemist and mechanical engineer named James Watt wanted to find a way to tell people how powerful steam engines were.

During this time, steam engines were pretty new and unheard of, most of the work being done at the time was done by horses or ponies. Since steam engines were capable of so much power, Watt wanted to figure out how to explain this power and happened to observe some horses hauling coal.

After observing these horses, Watt figured that one horsepower was equal to one horse hauling 330 pounds of coal for one hundred feet in a sixty second period. If you want to learn more about horsepower and what it means in your vehicle, head on over to BMW of Visalia today and we will show you our selection of BMW vehicles.

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