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.

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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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