One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The available power of an engine, assessed by measuring the force needed to brake it.‘the net brake horsepower is only up by six’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
brake horsepower/brāk ˈhôrsˌpou(ə)r/
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