How Does Horsepower Work?

Horsepower is the amount of "work" that is completed over a period of time. This "work" is the rate that mechanical energy is expended while driving, pertaining to cars. The rate of horsepower is 33,000 lb.ft./minute. Horsepower is normally used to describe energy with things in the mechanical category.

Horsepower was first used to describe a steam engine. James Watt created the term to relate the power of the machine to customers who had an understanding of the amount of energy that horses expended. In today's society, horsepower is something that many prospective car customers are concerned about when purchasing a car. This happens particularly with car models that are SUVs or trucks.

If you would like to hear more about how horsepower will affect your driving experience, reach out to one of our experts at our dealership. We will be happy to explain more about the concept of horsepower in your future vehicle.

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