Explore the History of Horsepower

Horsepower is a term that most of us are familiar with, but not many of us really understand what exactly it means or where it came from. The term horsepower comes from the days when steam engines were the latest technology.

Back in the late 18th century, a man named James Watt was selling steam engines and needed a way to convey their power output in a way that his clients would understand. With horses being the long-standing method of transportation, making that comparison was a natural leap. Watt established that a mill-horse could move 22,000-foot-pounds for a minute, and rounded that number up to 33,000. This is what he established as one horsepower. We have been using that formula to describe our engine power output ever since.

If you have any more questions about horsepower or any other automotive related term, then call or visit the experts here at Grieco Honda in Johnston, RI. We are always happy to answer questions!

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