Definition of brake horsepower in US English:

brake horsepower


  • The available power of an engine, assessed by measuring the force needed to brake it.

    ‘the net brake horsepower is only up by six’
    • ‘This event had the best profile any single stage has ever seen so nobody could predict a winner and there was almost 2,500 brake horsepower in the top ten alone.’
    • ‘Seventy-five percent power will require about 2,450 rpm with a brake-specific fuel consumption of .435 pounds per brake horsepower.’
    • ‘The most powerful car in the race has an undisclosed output of between 300 or 400 brake horsepower.’


brake horsepower

/brāk ˈhôrsˌpou(ə)r/