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I agree with Pops that the horses would win. I think it would come down to traction more than power. The real horses have 960 hooves spread out all over. The car would likely spin the tires. I suppose this all assumes ordinary circumstances, no rain, no mud, probably not on pavement. Even if all the real horses laid down on their sides, I don't think the car would have the power to move them.
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the car because the horses would get tired before the car ran out of gas.
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240 REAL horses would win. An automobile engine that puts out 240 HP will lose a lot of power while the power is being transmitted through the drive train.
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I have NO figures but I would think that a 240 HP automobile engine would only have about 75% of it's horsepower by the time it gets to the drive wheels. Good luck. Pops
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All this is assuming that the car tires don't spin and horse feet don't slip.
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240 real horses as they have far more mass and weight than a car with a 240 hp engine for the car to try to pull. Yea, inertia.
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The horses would win because a car has only around 2000-3000lb of towing capacity. If a horse weighs 500lb, 240 horses would create 120,000lb. The mass and friction coefficients of the horses far exceed the car. No way in hell is the car going to win.
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Hence, it is not a competition for power, it is a competition for force.
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This has been a debate from long ago. The term horse power is actually just a base measurement. 1 horse power is how much work can be done in a certain amount of time. 1 horse power = 33,000 foot-pounds per minute. in other words a horse could move 330 lbs 1000 feet in 1 minute. To get the answer to your question refer to the link I have provided.
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A horse ways 500 pounds? No. A small horse weighs around 1,000 pounds, a big horse weighs more like 2,000 pounds. 240 tons of horse against a 2 ton car.
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Actually it was 1000 pounds lifted 33 feet. The number is the same, but it is based on a pit pony pulling a coal wagon up an incline out of a pit.
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In a tug of war the power isn't the most important thing. A car is geared to go fast, not to pull like crazy. I'd expect a team of eight heavy horses would be able to pull a car, the car just wouldn't have enough traction.
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"Horsepower" is a mathmatical calculation.
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240 Horses would not only Win,,,
they could drag a 240hp car,,or a 2,400Hp car Backwards
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Ever think how much 240 horses WEIGH?
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Over 2000 lbs each.
240 of them,,,over 500,000 Lbs
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anything you can drive or trailer to run against it.
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In most instances,,the Horse is DONE by the time the vehicle moves forward at all
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Motorcycles do even Worse against horses.
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Horse can run 45~50mph,in about 2 lengths.
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