Why Horsepower Is Important To Car Buyers

Horsepower is an old term that was created in the eighteen-hundreds. It was invented by an engineer named James Watt. James had built a steam engine that he was trying to sell and needed a way to explain its capabilities to potential customers. He equated its strength to the power of horses because he believed people would understand that.

Watt had observed ponies working in coal mines. He estimated that a single pony could generate 22,000 foot pounds of work within one minute. James added 33,000 pounds to the equation and applied this to his steam engines. This is how he coined the phrase "Horsepower."

In theory, horsepower means that if your vehicle has one horsepower then it is capable of pulling up to 33 pounds of weight in one minute.

Our team at Tom Bush Mazda are ready to assist anyone in Jacksonville, FL who wants a more thorough explanation of how horsepower will benefit them in a new vehicle purchase.

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