Horsepower Terminology


Back in the 18th century, the term horsepower was created by James Watt, who was the originator of the steam engine. The term was actually created as a method of bragging about the level of power a certain steam engine produced and different manufacturers would boast about their level of horsepower. The term stuck around, and to date, vehicle manufacturers still list their horsepower numbers on the sticker of a new vehicle so people can get a good idea of how much power comes under the hood of a vehicle that they are shopping for.

Also, horsepower can be used to determine if a vehicle is going to be powerful enough for someone's lifestyle. If a person uses their vehicle often for towing additional items behind their vehicle or they do a lot of off-roading, horsepower may be something they are strongly considering as they shop for a new vehicle.
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