Horses Under The Hood

Before the beginning of the Industrial Age way back in the day, the horse was our chief mode of transportation. When inventor James Watt created the steam engine during the 1800's, he needed to find a way to sell its strength. He knew most people could relate to the pulling power of horses, so he devised a formula to equate the pulling power of his engine to the pulling power of horses. You guessed it- this is how the term horsepower was first invented, and as you know it is still used heavily to this very day.

He watched ponies pulling loaded coal carts at the mines. He formulated that one pony's strength could pull 33 pounds of coal in one minute. This was equal to the pulling strength of one horsepower from this moment on, and he assigned his steam engine's pulling strength by horsepower.

Visit our showroom here at Carson Nissan if you would like to see how many horses live under the hood of your favorite new model!

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