What You Should Know About Your Vehicle's Horsepower

We've all heard the term " horsepower," but do you know exactly what that means? The term is used to describe the power of a vehicle and dates back as far as the 18th century. James Watt is credited with coming up with the phrase, and he used it as a marketing term to impress customers with the strength of his engines.

Stories from history indicate that Watt was actually working at a coal mine with ponies, and estimated that the animals could do 22,000 foot-pounds of work per minute. He then increased the measurement to 33,000 foot-pounds and name the unit of measurement horsepower. So, if a car produced one unit of horsepower, it would be equivalent to a single pony pulling 33 pounds for one minute.

For more information on horsepower and how this can be used to help you to determine which new vehicle to purchase, contact our team at Toyota of Killeen!

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