An Easy Way to Understand Horsepower

Pretend that you have a stable of horses. You pick two horses to help carry you in a wagon that has an average weight of 20,000 pounds. Next to you, a friend waves hello as they ride past on a bicycle. In comparing the power generated by the horses to that of the bike, the horses would win in a measurement of horsepower. Since two horses would equal to two horsepower, it is stronger than the bicycle, which has an average of only a fraction of the strength of a horse.

A Scottish inventor named James Watt was the originator of the word horsepower. He compared horses to steam engines using physics, making it easier to judge power in automotive devices. The term has lived on and is widely used by automobile companies today.

A better understanding of motor vehicles provides a more productive and personable service to customers. At Bickford Ford in Snohomish, we know our car history. Whenever you’re in the mood for automobile talk, come and pay us a visit!

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