Horsepower Calculator

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Does one horsepower equal the power of one horse? Why do we refer to the power of a motor as horsepower? These questions and more can be answered below plus more information about using car forums to get quick answers to your car repair questions.

What is Horsepower?

Ask any car guy to define horsepower and you will usually get a blank stare and then a general answer about the amount of power a car engine can deliver. Seems like there has to be more to it than that... and there is!

Simply defined horsepower is the amount of work done versus the amount of time it took to get the work done. I know that doesn't make any sense does it!

Here is the exact definition of horsepower.

One horsepower is 33,000 lb.ft./minute. Or, if you were to lift 33,000 pounds one foot over a period of one minute, you would have been working at the rate of one horsepower. In this case, you'd have expended one horsepower-minute of energy.

This video explains the science behind Horsepower

Watch this Youtube video to get the scientific explanation of horsepower. Why engine is called horsepower, how horsepower is calculated, plus more information about horsepower!

What is a Horsepower Calculator?

A Horsepower calculator will help you calculate the horsepower of a vehicle based upon its weight and speed.

To calculate the horsepower of a vehicle, you need to know the speed at which it travels (in miles per hour) and its weight in pounds, then you can use the following horsepower calculator to arrive at the the vehicles horsepower.

Horsepower in Cars!

Since the first vehicle rolled off the assembly line, car enthusiast and engine builders have worked hard to increase the amount of power engines can deliver. Production cars and trucks have consistently given us more and more horsepower for our money. Horsepower used to come at a direct cost of increased fuel mileage, but this isn't the case any longer. Vehicles are still gaining more and more horsepower every year. Now they are starting to come with more horsepower and use less gasoline doing so!


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author avatar Denise O
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Well written and nicely presented. Sorry but, I am married to a ol'man that worked on cars for 20+ plus years and the last 16 selling them. As with him, car stuff just goes over my head. That is our daughters department. Darn good page though. Congrats on the star page, as always, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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