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On this day: 02-24-1909

Hudson Motor incorporated

The Hudson Motor Car Company, founded by Joseph Hudson, in Detroit, Michigan, was incorporated on this day. Hudson is perhaps most famous for its impact on NASCAR racing, which it accomplished thanks to a revolutionary design innovation. In 1948, Hudson introduced the Monobuilt design. The Monobuilt consisted of a chassis and frame that were combined in a unified passenger compartment, producing a strong, lightweight design with a beneficial lower center of gravity that did not affect road clearance. Hudson called the innovation the "step-down design" because, for the first time, drivers had to step down to get into their cars. In 1951, Hudson introduced the Hornet. Fitted with a bigger engine than previous Hudson models, the Hudson Hornet became a dominant force on the NASCAR circuit. Because of its lower center of gravity, the Hornet glided around corners with relative ease, leaving its unstable competitors in the dust. For the first time a car not manufactured by the Big Three was winning big. In 1952, Hudson won 29 of 34 events. Excited by their success on the track, Hudson executives began directly backing their racing teams, providing the team cars with everything they needed to increase success. The Big Three responded, and in doing so brought about the system of industry-backed racing that has become such a prominent marketing tool today. The Hudson Hornet would dominate NASCAR racing until 1955 when rule changes led to an emphasis on horsepower over handling.

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2007Acura RDX6.30014.800Road and Track
2007Acura TL Type S5.70014.300Road and Track
2005AcuraRSX-S6.40014.900(C&D Sept. '05)
2005AcuraRSX A-Spec6.90015.400motorweek.org
2004AcuraTL 6 speed6.00014.440
2004AcuraTL A Spec5.70014.250
2003Acura3.2CL Type-S6.50014.900
2003AcuraRSX Type S6.70015.100
2003Acura3.2 CL Type-S5.90014.500motorweek.org
2002Acura3.2CL Type S6.80015.000
2002Acura3.2TL Type S6.20014.800
2002AcuraRSX Type S6.10014.800
2002Acura3.2TL Type-S6.60015.100motorweek.org
2002Acura3.5 RL7.90016.100motorweek.org
2001AcuraNSX V64.50012.900(C&D TV 2001)
2000AcuraCL 3.07.30015.700(MT Online)
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1997AcuraIntegra Type R6.50014.700
1996AcuraIntegra GS-R7.10015.500
1996AcuraIntegra SE7.90016.100
1996AcuraSLX Premium Pkg.11.10018.100
1996Acura3.5 RL7.50016.000motorweek.org
1994AcuraIntegra GS-R7.10015.500
1994AcuraIntegra LS7.60016.000
1993AcuraIntegra GS-R6.50015.200
1993AcuraLegend Coupe7.50015.900
1993AcuraLegend Coupe LS7.30015.700
1993AcuraLegend LS6.70015.400
1992AcuraIntegra GS-R6.80015.400
1992AcuraLegend LS7.90016.100
1992AcuraVigor GS8.60016.600
1992AcuraVigor LS8.70016.700
1991AcuraLegend Coupe8.80016.700
1991AcuraLegend LS7.90016.100
1991AcuraLegend Sedan8.30016.200
1991AcuraLegend Sedan LS8.10016.100
1990AcuraIntegra 3-Dr GS9.20016.800
1990AcuraIntegra GS8.90016.600
1990AcuraLegend Coupe9.00017.000
1989AcuraIntegra LS9.30017.100
1988AcuraLegend Coupe L9.60017.200
1987AcuraLegend Coupe L7.70016.000
1986AcuraIntegra RS9.30017.000
1986AcuraIntegra LS8.80016.500
1986AcuraLegend Sedan8.10016.400