Turns out, the word “horsepower” actually does have its origins in, well, horses. It’s a metric measurement that compares the power of a draft horse to the output of a steam engine. Nifty, huh? However, these days, cars have more and more horsepower, but are lacking in another area – what Nissan is now calling “desert camel power.” Desert camel power measures how well a vehicle can thrive in sandy, tough conditions, sort of the way that camels can survive in places that horses cannot.
Nissan accomplishes the creation of camel power by comparing the power of a vehicle to the capabilities of a camel, and they did this by having a rider on a camel run up a graded dune, followed by a small caravan of four different vehicles. Experts tracked the capability of the single camel with a computerized formula that measured its power, then applied the formula to the vehicles. The vehicle out of the four that performed best in terms of camel power was the Nissan Patrol with its available V8 engine under the hood, which delivers 213 camel power.
Will desert camel power become a widely-used measurement all over the world? Probably not. But Nissan plans on utilizing the number in its Middle Eastern marketing campaigns. Right here in the USA at Santa Cruz Nissan, we don’t have to worry so much about the ability to drive over sand dunes, but the trek to the desert isn’t that far if you want to try!