How One Horse Power Looks Like

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Have you ever wondered what is a horsepower? We mean, really. Why do we all measure the power of a car's engines in horsepower? Why not cowpower, or eaglepower?

In case you didn't know, the horsepower was back in the age of steam engines what miles per gallon equivalency is today for electric vehicles: a way to compare something. James Watt is said to have been the first to use the term “horsepower” as he tried to compare the power output of a steam engine with that of a heavy horse. Word goes 1 horsepower is equal to about 1.5 times the power of a horse... Makes sense, right?

Anyway, that is what a horsepower is. But how does one look? This odd question apparently popped in the head of Bulgarian designer Konstantin Achkov. Since nobody seemed to know the answer, Achkov tried to image it.

Using auto junk, parts and other elements which once formed a car or two, the Bulgarian created the sculpture you can see in the gallery below: a 2.7 meters high prehistoric monster with arms of steel and muscles made of cable.

“By implementing the BIOTENSEGRITY form-construction of a horse skeleton (levers made of automobile parts) and muscles (tense metal ropes) along with my innovations,” says the Bulgarian designer.

“I transcribe the basic nature of the horse and I add him a new image. Tense ropes passing through precise anatomic junctions hold the entire horse sculpture."

If the the answer given by the Bulgarian designer to the questions in this piece please you, the following link might enlighten you on the following species: Fish, Wild Pig and Centurion.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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