Does Horsepower Matter?

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, you may often hear of it's horsepower but you also may wonder what that means?

Horsepower is a unit of measurement for the amount of work done over time. One horsepower is the ability to move 33,000 foot-pounds over one minute. This was created by James Watt (1736-1819)by using mine ponies to lift coal when explaining the capacity of his steam engines.

But what does this mean for your car? An engine exerting one horsepower can carry a load of 33 pounds 1,000 feet in one minute. Horsepower in your vehicle can be measured by using a Dynamometer, which places a load on the engine and measures the power of the engine against it.

Visit our sales team at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA today, where you can learn more about horsepower and test drive a vehicle with the most and feel the difference.


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