How The Term 'Horsepower' Came To Be

Whenever you go to a car dealership or hear an advertisement on the television or radio, chances are you have heard them use the word 'horsepower' but do you know what it really means? Most of us know that it somehow is meant to express how much power the engine can produce but few know its origins.

One unit of horsepower is equal to one horse hauling a cart with 330 pounds of coal at a speed of one hundred feet per one minute. This term was coined by a Scottish inventor, chemist and mechanical engineer, named James Watt.

During the revolution of the steam engine's rise is when Watt wanted to find a way to inform potential consumers as to how powerful the steam engines were in a way everyone could understand, during a time when horses did most of the work.

If you want to learn more about how horsepower works with our vehicles’ engine, come on down to BMW of Wichita today.

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