What Exactly Does Horsepower Measure?

With today’s technologically advanced vehicles, a term like “horsepower” can come across as dated or be hard for someone to understand just where the word fits when it comes to an automobile.

Simply put, a word horsepower is a unit of measurement. The term dates back to the late 1700’s when a Scottish engineer, James Watt, needed a measurement to compare the power of a steam engine to that of the workhorses of his day. Simply put, a 200-horsepower vehicle would equate to the “available power” available from 200 horses! So even in today's high-tech world, we can look back to such a term as “horsepower” to give us an idea of just how powerful today's vehicles can be.

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