Horsepower: The Power Behind our Vehicles


Horsepower's a term that we use to describe the power behind our vehicles and many other machines such as our lawn mowers. It was created by James Watt in the 1800s and it stuck to this day. It's still used to this day to communicate whether a machine is powerful or not.

As he worked in the coal mines with ponies, he came up with the way to measure power with comparing the power that the ponies had to his steam engines. These ponies were capable of lifting impressive amounts of coal and his steam engines were quite powerful as well so it just made sense. A pony could do 22,000 foot-pounds of work in just one short minute. He increased that amount by 50 percent and this became the unit of horsepower measure.

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