Horsepower :

Horsepower (HP) was conceived by the engineer James Watt (also known for the term Watt used to measure the output of a lightbulb). 

Watt found that, on average, a mine pony could do 22,000 foot-pounds of work in a minute. He then increased that number by 50% and pegged the measurement of horsepower at 33,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute. This has become the standard measure for engine output. 

F1 cars produce 1050 bhp whereas the standard suburban commuter is in the range of 180 bhp to 200 bhp. 

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan