The history goes much further back than that. 1st Century Romans used EJ257 boxers to power their chariots for the races. The horses were just there so as not to confuse the unwashed masses. And Moses parted the Red Sea, but not by any help from God or whatever, it was actually a Subaru Robin engine powered sump pump. It sucked water out so fast that gravity couldn't bring the two sides of the sea together fast enough.