Horsepower, coined by James Watt in the late 18th century. He came about the name while finding a way to sell his steam engines. James took the average of different work horses and came back with an average of 33,000 pound feet per minute or 550 pound feet per second.
It is considered an imperial measurement, but some cars in Europe are measured in Kilowatts, 1 hp = 74569 kw. Cars are generally measured at maximum output and your typical run of the mill horse can produce up to 15 horsepower for a few seconds.
The term isn’t to be taken literally in the modern day; a 200 horsepower car would not perform the same as 200 ponies. With that being said every car is different and each have their pro’s and con’s that go deeper than horsepower itself.
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