What Exactly is Horsepower?

Horsepower is the amount of work done over time by engines or by actual ponies. Car manufacturers need a convenient way to be able to measure the performance of their engines. Using the term horsepower also conveys the performance of the car in a more visual way. If you have a 300 HP engine, you can almost imagine 300 horses pulling your car forward. That's definitely a lot of horses for one small car!

An engineer named James Watt invented horsepower to sell his brand new steam engines back during the times when everything was horse-drawn. The measurement of horsepower is still used today, even though we're a long way from everything being horse-drawn. He estimated that a pony is able to do 22,000 pounds of work over one foot per minute. He then increased this amount to 33,000 pounds. The measurement of horsepower is a useful measurement for those looking as a means of comparison.

Discover the range of horsepower offered in our new Lincoln inventory today! We look forward to getting you up and out on the streets of Billings, MT in your dream Lincoln vehicle.

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