Learn All About Horsepower

The horsepower is a unit of measurement that is used to describe the power of an engine. It is widely used to sell vehicles and other products with motors, such as vacuums and lawn mowers. Today's consumer is familiar with the idea of the horsepower and that more is better than less, but they may not be as familiar with the origins of the term. Let the BMW of Salem team help you take a look back at the history of horsepower.

In the eighteenth century, a Scottish inventor by the name of James Watt created the term. He had invented a steam engine that was far superior to others on the market. He was unsuccessful in selling his invention because so many had tried other steam engines that were not as successful as the one he had created. They didn't want to take a chance on another inferior machine, but wanted to continue to use their horses for the manual labor.

Watt wanted to change their minds. He studied the power of horses by going to the coal mines and observing. He decided that a horse could carry a load of 33,000 pounds a distance of one foot in a minute. He used this new unit of measurement, the horsepower, to show potential customers that his steam engine would work harder than the horses they were currently using. His plan was a success and the term horsepower is still used today to describe the power of an engine.

If you’re seeking a high performing vehicle with plenty of horsepower for your daily commute, visit our BMW dealership in Salem, OR today! Our BMW sales associates can match you with the power-hungry vehicle you deserve.

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