The Origin and Value of Horsepower

We've been using horsepower ratings for over 200 years and if you've ever wondered how it originated, we here at Barbee’s Freeway Ford Inc. will explain. Horsepower is defined as an amount of work done over a period of time. Scottish engineer and the inventor of the steam engine, James Watt, proved that one draft horse could in fact produce approximately 33,000 foot-pound of work per minute.

James Watt had created an updated version of his engine that was more powerful than the previous ones and needed to find a smart way to market it. During those times, many people were still using work horses for mill work and coal mining. Watt would use horsepower to explain and compare the output of his new engines to sell them. He was determined and convinced that we would eventually replace common work horses with engines and to his great success, his invention was the core of the industrial revolution.

Find a Ford truck, car or SUV with ample horsepower for your daily expeditions when you swing by our showroom at Barbee’s Freeway Ford Inc.

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