Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 40


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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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
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

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