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In the Name of Science: YouTubers Measure a Horse's Horsepower with Bizarre Experiment

2023-12-08T11:10:19.707Z

Highlights: In the Name of Science: YouTubers Measure a Horse's Horsepower with Bizarre Experiment. To power the McLaren F1 – whose windshield is more expensive than a VW Golf – you would need 108.66 horses. The video of the experiment had already received 2.6 million views within five days. Anyone who drives tyres with the M+S symbol risks a fine from 2024. You can find even more exciting car topics in the free newsletter from our partner 24auto.de.



Status: 08.12.2023, 11:52 a.m.

By: Simon Mones

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The internet thrives on bizarre videos. So why not test how much horsepower a horse has. But how do you put the animal to the test?

There are numerous curious car experiments on the Internet. YouTuber WhistleinDiesel drove a $400,000 Ferrari F40 through a cornfield and set the sports car on fire. Another YouTuber used his Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato for daring flights. Things are a little more civil at Donut Media. There the question arose as to whether a horsepower really corresponds to a horse.

Steam Engine vs. Horse: James Watt Created Horsepower as a Comparison

A question that many people have probably asked themselves at some point. The term goes back to the inventor James Watt, who in the 17th century wanted to compare the performance of his steam engine with that of a draught horse that drove the mill of a brewery.

His calculations at the time showed that a horsepower can lift a weight of 250 kg by 300 mm within one second. But whether this really corresponded to the performance of a horse, he did not clarify. But the YouTubers from Donut Media do.

To Measure Horsepower: YouTubers Link Horse To Honda Civic

But since they couldn't just go to the test with the horse, another solution had to be found. And it came from an engineering firm in Los Angeles. This built an apparatus with which the animal was connected to a Honda Civic. A cable was wound up in the engine compartment and connected to the gearbox. The horse pulled on this cable and thus drove the wheels.

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Like Watt, U.S. engineers had to use their arithmetic skills to calculate the losses in the powertrain. The result was the horse's actual performance: a remarkable 5.7 horsepower. This is the equivalent of 5.77 hp or 4.25 kW. To power the McLaren F1 – whose windshield is more expensive than a VW Golf – you would need 108.66 horses. The video of the experiment had already received 2.6 million views within five days.

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