Where Did Horsepower Originate From?

If you have ever been in the market for a new vehicle or have heard an advertisement for one, you have probably heard the term "horsepower" being used at some point. Have you ever wondered to yourself in those moments just what exactly is horsepower anyway? The term itself originates back in the 18th century with a Scottish inventor named James Watt.

During this time, most of the work being done was done with the use of horses, but the steam engine was on the rise, though still fairly new in many areas. Watt wanted to find a way to express to potential customers just how much work the steam engine was capable of doing. While observing horses at work in a coal mine, he figured out that one horse is capable of doing 22,000 foot-pounds of work per minute which he then bumped up by 50% and called it a horsepower.

To learn more about the modern use of horsepower, be sure to come on in to our showroom at Chrysler Winona today.

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