What You Should Know About Horsepower

Many car enthusiast know the word horsepower. However, they be may not know the actual origin of the term. The word horsepower was coined by a man named James Watt in the eighteen-hundreds. Watt was an engineer and inventor who created a steam engine. He was trying to sell the equipment and needed a way for his potential buyers understand what the machine could do.

James had spent time in the coal mines and observed the work of the horses there. He estimated that one pony could do the 22,000 foot-pounds of work in 1 minute. He changed the number to 33,000 pounds and applied this theory to his steam engine.

The word horsepower simply means that a car with 1 horsepower can pull up to 33 pounds within one minute of time.

Our team at Audi Westwood can give a thorough presentation in Westwood, MA to anyone interested in learning more about horsepower. Additionally, we can help you set up a test drive with your favorite Audi vehicle!

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