Let's be real here. Any time you hear the word horsepower, you probably think about fast-moving cars or trucks that can pull heavy loads. Right? That is the typical response, but do you know how this term got started? Maybe it's time for a lesson on history.

It was during the 18th century when James Watt, an inventor and steam engine designer, wanted to impress potential buyers with just how much power these machines could produce. He knew that his best chance of doing that would be to relate it to what people of that day could understand. It was because of this that he spent some time at a local coal mine observing ponies as they worked. After performing some calculations, he came up with the idea that one of these animals could pull a load of 33 pounds per minute and that is what horsepower is referring to.

The friendly Concord Honda sales associates will be happy to explain more about this subject when you stop by.

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