Horsepower: What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

What is horsepower? Almost every automotive commercial you hear these days has the word horsepower thrown around. You will hear sports car commercials touting they have the most horse power and even your standard family sedans will battle it out over which one is superior.

The scientific definition of horsepower is a unit of measure for the amount of work to provide 33,000 foot-lbs of work in a single minute. In the automotive sense horse power is a measure of another unit of measure called torque, over time. This why a sports car that allows you to rev the engine higher will generally have a higher horsepower than a diesel truck that will not rev the engine very high. Even though the diesel truck will generally have a higher torque rating.

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