Modern Marvels


Season 13, Ep 40, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • Buckle up for a rip-roaring ride through the world of extreme horsepower. Experience the fastest accelerating cars on earth. Find out how horsepower was first coined as a marketing tool for the steam engine in the early 1800s and meet the horsepower police--the Society of Automotive Engineers who test today's most powerful car engines. Feel the amazing power of Unlimited Hydroplane racing as 3-ton boat-beasts careen across water at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. Journey to the bowels of an enormous container ship where the world's most powerful diesel engine provides over 100,000 horsepower. At the Hoover Dam, watch as it harnesses the enormous power of water. Explore the 80,000 horsepower pumping units at the Edmonston Pumping Plant that delivers 2-billion gallons of water a day to thirsty Californians. And sit behind the steering wheel of a new generation of hybrid cars that boast 400-horsepower yet get 42 miles per gallon of gas.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Cole

  • Max Raphael


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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: From the firebreathing fastest cars on land to some of the most extreme engines on water to the cutting edge technology of today’s hybrid automobiles. Horsepower has defined the way we move for two centuries. Is there really the power of 200 horses under your hood? Find out now as we rev up for Horsepower, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Commentators: Tommy Johnson Jr. Driver, Skoal Racing Funny Car Bob Allan Lexus Dealer Education Manager Melanie Troxel Driver, Skull Gear Dragster Richard Rains Professor of Physics, L.A. Mission College Gary Pollak SAE Certified Power Program Manager David Gorajek GM Development Engineer Dave Muscaro GM Director, Dyno Engine Development Gerard Lamesch SAE Certified Witness Dave Villwock Hydroplane Driver Jim Lucero Manager, Turbine Engine Warehouse Ken Muscatel, PhD Hydroplane Driver Martin Zeeman Second Engineer, Cosco “Long Beach” Willfried Fester Captain, Cosco “Long Beach” Jim Drees VP Engineering, Waukesha Engine Lloyd Beauchamp VP Sales, Waukesha Engine Mark Carls Manager, Engineering, Waukesha Engine Dan Pellouchoud Director, Engineering and Planning, Hoover Dam Bill Schermerhorn Guide Service Coordinator, Hoover Dam David Roose Engineer, CA State Water Project Elmer Gray Edmonston Mechanical Supervisor Charles Hubbard Lexus Senior Product Education Administration

    Trivia (4)

    • The amount of water flowing through Hoover Dam could fill as many as 27 Olympic-size swimming pools in one minute.

    • Waukesha engines are painted bright orange and roar while operating. These features have earned them the nickname "thunder pumpkins."

    • Since the 1980s, most hydroplane races have been won by boats using a turbine engine originally designed for Vietnam-era Chinook helicopters.

    • Inventor James Watt's first steam engine produced 6 horsepower. Within 20 years, his engines delivered as much as 190 horsepower.

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