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Do you have a high-performance car, motorcycle, truck, or vehicle, built a new engine, performed a tune-up, or installed a performance part? Try out this calculator to get a rough estimate of horsepower.
This calculator computes the estimated engine or motor horsepower from the elapsed time. Elapsed time is a vehicle's duration to complete a run in a competition. This rich Internet app uses the quarter-mile distance or 400-meter track.
Note: This is a rough and quick estimate of engine horsepower. Many factors affect horsepower. Some examples are weather, temperature, humidity, elevation, and fuel type. To get a more accurate measurement of power rating, the engine should be placed under load using a dynamometer or dyno. This will give a precise measurement of peak torque and horsepower.
Note: The ET equation or formula for the calculation uses standard or US units. When using SI units, the units are converted to standard units before the solution is computed.

What is horsepower elapsed time?

Horsepower elapsed time refers to the time it takes for a vehicle to achieve a specific amount of horsepower during acceleration. This metric evaluates a vehicle's performance, particularly in acceleration from a standstill or a lower speed to a higher one.

How is horsepower elapsed time measured?

Horsepower elapsed time is typically measured in seconds. However, it can be determined using specialized testing equipment, such as a dynamometer or timed acceleration tests. These tests measure how long it takes for a vehicle to reach certain speeds or cover specific distances, allowing for the calculation of the elapsed time corresponding to the vehicle's horsepower output.

How is elapsed time used to compare performance?

Elapsed time is an essential metric for comparing the performance of different vehicles, particularly in racing or time trials. By analyzing the horsepower elapsed time, one can assess how quickly a car can produce and utilize its horsepower for acceleration. Vehicles with shorter elapsed times and higher horsepower output generally showcase superior performance.

Horsepower definition

Horsepower, a unit of measurement, is used to express the power output of an engine. It represents the ability of a vehicle to perform work over time. In the automotive world, horsepower directly correlates with a vehicle's acceleration, top speed, and overall performance.

Torque definition

Torque is the rotational force produced by an engine, measured in pound-feet (lb-ft) or Newton meters (Nm). It refers to the ability of an engine to generate twisting force, which translates into acceleration and pulling power. Higher torque output enables a vehicle to overcome resistance and move more efficiently.

Horsepower vs Torque

While horsepower and torque are essential for a vehicle's performance, they serve different purposes. Horsepower is responsible for the vehicle's top speed and overall performance, while torque deals with acceleration and pulling power. Therefore, a balance between the two is essential for optimal vehicle performance. In general, vehicles with high horsepower but low torque tend to have a higher top speed but slower acceleration, while vehicles with low horsepower and high torque exhibit faster acceleration but a lower top speed.

How to increase horsepower

Calculation Instructions:

  1. Enter vehicle weight - This can be done by entering value or using the up and down arrows to step the number field.
  2. Enter elapsed time - This is the time duration it takes the vehicle to complete a 1/4 mile run.
  3. Analyze/inspect calculations and results in solution, charts and graphs.


Unit Unit Type Unit Used Description
vehicle weight mass pound US (lb) or kilogram (kg) The weight of the car, truck or automobile including the driver, passenger and accessories.
elapsed time time seconds (s) The duration it takes the car to complete of a quarter mile run.


Unit Unit Type Unit Used Description
horsepower power horsepower (hp) The horsepower the electric, diesel or gasoline engine is capable of producing.
Chart or Graph Not applicable Not applicable Shows an Engine Horsepower versus Time plot.

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