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Power is generally expressed in watts (W).

The information in the table below provides a


method of converting power from other units to watts.

Convert from these to watts (W) multiply by


erg's per second (erg/s) 0.000 000 1
horsepower (electric) 746
horsepower (hp)(metric,DIN,PS) 735.4988
horsepower (hp)(U.K.) 745.7
kilowatt (kW) 1000
Examples:

How do I convert PS to horsepower?


A manufacturer quotes the power of a vehicle at 250PS (Pferdestrke - German for horsepower, equal
to metric horsepower and sometimes referred to as 'continental horsepower') converted to watts this
would be 183874.7 (250 x 735.4988) and converted to horsepower (imperial) it would be 246.58
(183874.7 / 745.7).
To avoid all that hassle you could go straight from 250PS to 246.58hp just by dividing 250 by 1.01387
or by using the calculator above

Which is bigger, Horsepower DIN or Horsepower PS?


They are exactly the same, also known as metric horsepower.

Why are cars rated as 280hp in Japan but 276hp in the U.K.?
They use Metric horsepower(DIN/PS) as above, converted to imperial/UK/mechanical horsepower it's
276.17 which gets rounded to 276hp.