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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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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2011ChryslerTown & Country Limited7.60016.000Car & Driver
2008ChryslerSebring Convertible7.90016.100motorweek.org
2007Chrysler300C SRT84.90013.300Road and Track
2005Chrysler300C SRT84.70013.200(R&T June '05)
2005ChryslerCrossfire SRT-65.10013.300(C&D Aug '04)
2005ChryslerCrossfire SRT-65.40013.900motorweek.org
2005ChryslerCrossfire Roadster7.10015.300motorweek.org
2005ChryslerPT Cruiser Convertible7.80016.200motorweek.org
2005Chrysler300C SRT-85.00013.400motorweek.org
2004ChryslerCrossfire (6 speed)6.40014.700
2004ChryslerPacifica AWD9.30017.100
2003ChryslerPT Cruiser10.90018.200
2003ChryslerPT Cruiser Turbo6.70015.300motorweek.org
2002Chrysler300M Special7.40015.600(MT Aug '02)
2002Chrysler300M Special7.20015.500motorweek.org
2001ChryslerSebring Convertible8.40016.300motorweek.org
2001ChryslerSebring Coupe8.50016.400motorweek.org
1999Chrysler300M w/ Perf. Pkg.7.70015.900
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1998ChryslerConcorde LXi8.10016.000
1998ChryslerSebring JXi Conv.10.20017.600
1996ChryslerSebring JXi Conv.10.00017.400
1995ChryslerCirrus LXi9.40017.200
1995ChryslerNew Yorker8.90016.700
1995ChryslerSebring LX8.60016.600
1994ChryslerCirrus LXi10.30017.500
1990ChryslerLeBaron GTC7.20015.800
1989ChryslerTC by Masterati6.90015.400
1987ChryslerLeBaron Convertible11.30018.200
1985ChryslerLaser XE8.10016.000
1985ChryslerLeBaron GTS Turbo8.10016.200
1984ChryslerLaser XE8.60016.200
1980ChryslerNew Yorker Fifth Avenue14.10019.800
1973ChryslerLeBaron Imperial 440ci11.80018.100
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