Horsepowers? Torques?

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Having used Haynes manuals in the past, I'm used to being instructed to find a torch to illuminate my work space, disconnect prop shaft bolts with a spanner, or remove the bonnet.


However, what's with Jeremy Clarkson repeatedly using the term "torques" and this Top Gear article about driving the 'Moby Dick' Porsche referring to "horsepowers." Is this bastardization of English standard among Brits?

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