Do You Know What Horsepower Means?

The term horsepower was first coined in the late 18th century by a Scottish engineer by the name of James Watt. In order to better sell steam engines to his customers, he needed a way to convey the amount of power that they put out in a way that they could understand. With the horse being the mode of transportation at the time, this was the best way that he could compare it.

A unit of horsepower is basically 33,000 foot-pounds of work per minute. Watt discovered this by observing mill horses in action and determined that they could pull that amount in one minute. It became the standard that was used to describe engine power displacement, and we have been using it ever since.

If you have any questions about horsepower or what it means for you and your vehicle, then call or visit the experts here at Keller Bros Dodge in Lititz, PA. We are always happy to answer questions for our customers.

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