# What is brake horsepower?

## What is brake horsepower?

bhp — brake horsepower is a term you may be familiar with, particularly if you read a lot of UK car magazines. More to come on this one. kW — this stands for kilowatt and, in terms of cars, is used most commonly in Europe for electric car power outputs. 1kW is the equivalent to about 1.3hp.

What is the meaning of 2 horsepower?

It’s the power of the motor. A power output of 2 x 746 watt can be delivered by a 2hp motor.

### What does brake mean in BHP?

Brake horsepower is the horsepower of an engine measured by the degree of resistance offered by a brake, that represents the useful power that the machine can develop. For an electric motor, brake horsepower is the mechanical horsepower available at the shaft at specified rpm and full load current.

What means gross horsepower?

Gross horsepower is a measurement of engine output, taken at the flywheel, without the engine installed in a vehicle. Since the engine has no load on it, all of its energy can be used for making horsepower.

## What is brake horsepower vs horsepower?

The horsepower hp is the output power of a mechanical or electrical system, whereas the brake horsepower bhp is the output power of the engine. The hp is measured for determining the efficiency of the entire system, whereas the bhp is measured for determining the efficiency of the engine only.

What is horsepower and brake horsepower?

One source cites horsepower as the output of a mechanical or electrical system, while the brake horsepower is the output of only the engine (the exact opposite of what we state above). In this definition, hp determines the efficiency of an entire system, while bhp is just for the engine.

### How many watts is 2 horsepower?

Hp to Watts Conversion Table

Horsepower Watts Rounded Watts
1 hp 745.699872 W 746 Watts
2 hp 1491.399744 W 1491 Watts
3 hp 2237.099616 W 2237 Watts
4 hp 2982.799488 W 2983 Watts

How strong is 2 hp motor?

1492 Watts
For electric motors and other electrical power applications, one horsepower is defined as 746 Watts, so a two horsepower electric motor is capable of providing up to 1492 Watts of power.

## What’s the difference between net horsepower and gross horsepower?

Gross hp figures were so often manipulated by car manufacturers and marketers that the SAE decided to adopt a new standard of power that took accessories into account. The SAE chose to use net hp ratings, which measures engine power at the flywheel, but still not counting drivetrain losses.

What is the difference between brake horsepower and net horsepower?

HP vs BHP. The main difference between hp and bhp is that the hp is a unit of measurement of the power of the entire system and does not include frictional losses, whereas the bhp is the amount of the power output by the engine and includes frictional losses.

### What is a good brake horsepower?

While the average car engine requires an approximate BHP (brake horsepower) of 120, larger SUVs may require 200bhp and smaller vehicles may only require 70bhp. Overall, an appropriate BHP will depend on the weight of your car.