Who Coined the Term Horsepower, and Why?

Anyone who has ever been to a car dealership and listened to conversations between sales staff and potential buyers has heard the term horsepower mentioned. This is an important feature of most vehicles because people want to know just how much power they can expect. Nevertheless, it is not always clear what horsepower really means so here is something that can clear up the confusion.

18th-century steam engine designer James Watt, hoping to market his product, knew that he had to find a way to impress potential buyers with the power these machines possessed. He also knew that he had to relate it to something they already understood. Observing ponies working in a local coal mine he came up with an idea. He calculated that one pony could pull 33 pounds in a single minute. This became his reference point for selling steam engines.

The sales staff at Audi Morton Grove can utilize this bit of history by providing you with more information about the horsepower of the vehicles at our showroom. Stop in and see for yourself at 7000 Golf Road today!

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