What is Horsepower and Why Doesn’t it Tell the Whole Story?

A horsepower (HP) is a unit of power that was created to compare the power output of steam engines with the power of draft horses. Yes... that's right, steam engines and horses. It is derived by taking the torque produced by an engine, multiplying it by the RPM and dividing that by 5252. In theory, this number could produce a number that could be used to cross compare different engines on a level playing field.
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