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‘Watts’ the Deal with Horsepower?

‘Watts’ the Deal with Horsepower?

‘Horsepower’ is a term frequently found in the vocabulary of vehicle enthusiasts. But what exactly does it mean? The term was coined by James Watt who is well known for both 60-watt light bulbs as well as his various improvements on steam engines and their functioning.

The History

Watts frequently worked with horses – using them to assist him with lifting in coal mines. He began to see the power of a horse in terms of its relativity to the amount of work it could do (in reference to foot-pounds).

Watts deducted that one of these mine horses could do twenty-two thousand foot-pounds of work in one minute (in truth, they were probably overworked). He then added further calculations to come to the conclusion that one unit of horsepower meant thirty-three thousand foot pounds in one minute.

Although not entirely accurate and rather strange reasoning, the measurement seemed to have stuck and is now used to describe the engine capabilities of well…anything with an engine!

What it Means for Cars

In layman’s terms, many sources have reported that the average vehicle has approximately 120 units of horsepower, whilst a Formula 1 vehicle prduces between 980 – 1000 units of horsepower and the most powerful V8 engine allegedly produces 707 horsepower.

Does Horsepower Mean Speed?

Horsepower means that the engine is more powerful and therefore, more capable of pushing the vehicle to certain speed thresholds. Essentially, yes. The greater the horsepower, the more capable a vehicle is of reaching higher speeds.

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The Lure of the American Muscle Car

Since Henry Ford’s model T first rolled off of the factory line a hundred and ten years ago, the United States has fostered an enthusiasm and talent for building timeless muscle cars. Many of the models on the roads today are owned by collectors and outfitted with classic car parts that have been refurbished and… Continue Reading

The Importance Of Fuel Filters

The Importance Of Fuel Filters

Each individual part of your vehicle has a specific function that helps it run smoothly and stay protected against a large variety of threats. Your flue filter is no different. If you are not doing all that you can to protect your vehicle and maintain it, you should. But those who are already doing all… Continue Reading

Understanding the Flywheel

Understanding the Flywheel

Every day we see numerous energy devices. Some create energy while others convert or store them. Flywheel too is very common energy producing equipment which is used in many regular electrical as well as mechanical equipment and gadgets. Today, technology offers a variety of options for energy storage with diverse applications. These new technological factors… Continue Reading

Muscle Cars vs Sports Cars

Muscle Cars vs Sports Cars

Muscle car vs sports car are often grouped together, but in fact are different. Most automobile drivers can use sports car and muscle car almost interchangeably, but they are in fact different vehicles entirely. To figure out which one would work best for you, we will look at these types of cars, comparing muscle cars… Continue Reading

5 Most-Wanted Muscle Cars In SA

5 Most-Wanted Muscle Cars In SA

When muscle cars were first manufactured, they created a stir among motorists. Powerful, big and noisy, they made a bold impression on the roads. Renowned muscle car manufacturers include Chevy and Chrysler. Ford is also well-known for producing most-wanted muscle cars. As the development of muscle cars progressed, automotive manufacturers became more competitive.    … Continue Reading

History on Muscle Cars

History on Muscle Cars

Although the age of muscle cars was short-lived, it still defines a generation in America and has offered us some of the most collectible cars in automotive history today. With the muscular appearance, piercing lines, wide silhouettes, these cars looked mean. The definition of a muscle car is a mid-sized car, with a V8 engine,… Continue Reading

I, H and V Engines

I, H and V Engines

Engines with 8, 6, 5 or 4 cylinders power most modern cars. There are exclusions, of course, maybe especially the 10-cylinder engine in the Dodge Viper of the 12-cylinder engines installed in many high-end sedans. But most modern cars employ the more common cylinder amount. The engine cylinder is where combustion processes occur. Inside each… Continue Reading

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