The True Meaning of Horsepower

When shopping for a vehicle, you may have heard the term ‘horsepower’ referred to when talking about the power of a vehicle and the speed it produces. Horsepower, also known as hp, is a unit of measurement in the foot-pound-second category. This rating scale expresses the rate that energy is expended in a mechanical form.

To compare, one horsepower is equivalent to approximately 746 watts. If you are converting horsepower to wattage, you would multiply by 746. You won’t typically see horsepower explaining anything other than mechanical power such as with a vehicle. You aren’t going to use horsepower for other energy-producing or consuming products like a microwave or a toaster.

People who are shopping for a vehicle typically look for more horsepower as this will equate to a more powerful vehicle that gets you from point A to point B in a shorter amount of time. This is especially important if you are going to be utilizing a vehicle for towing purposes.

If you would like to learn more about towing visit us at Morlan Chrysler in Cape Girardeau, MO. Our team would be happy to show you our selection of new vehicles and answer any questions you may have.

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