wait a second...are people still saying BHP is NOT brake horse power? Car companies might "dumb it down" a bit for the consumer, but it is still technically called Brake Horse Power, measured with a Hydraulic or Electric dynometer.
I was always taught in college that
Brake Horse Power-Friction Losses=Wheel horse Power.
I got three text books sitting in my lap (thats where above quote came from) that say BHP=Brake Horse Power.
Where are people getting this "Base Horse Power"?
If you are really interested, its called brake horse power because at the test fascility they used to attach a "Prony Brake Dynameter" to the crankshaft, which was hooked to a long bar, which rested on a scale. The more horsepower, the higher the weight reading on the scale.