What is Horsepower and How Does It Work in Your Vehicle?

If you're looking for a car, one of the first things you'll probably look for is how much horsepower the car has. Most people will look for the car with the most horsepower because they know it equates to how much strength a car has. However, have you ever wondered what horsepower is and what it's meant to do?

James Watt was an inventor in the 18th century. During that time, he coined the term horsepower to sell his steam engines to consumers by watching ponies work at a coal mine. During that time he came to the estimate that the average pony could product around 22,000 foot-pounds of work in a single minute. After coming up with that assessment, he estimated that horsepower would mean that a pony could produce around 33,000 foot-pounds of work.

Using that measurement if a car's engine could only produce one horsepower, it would be equal to a pony pulling 33 pounds of coal in a minute. Depending on what type of work you'd need your car for, your horsepower of your vehicle would vary. For labor-intensive vehicles, having a higher horsepower matters most.

If you're interested in learning more about horsepower and what new Audi cars suit your daily needs, get in touch with us at Audi Des Moines, and we'll be happy to assist.

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