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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
2011InfinitiM564.70013.400Car & Driver
2011InfinitiM375.60014.100Car & Driver
2011InfinitiM375.50014.000Car & Driver
2011InfinitiM564.60013.100Road & Track
2011InfinitiIPL G375.40013.900Car & Driver
2010InfinitiM455.50014.200Car & Driver
2010InfinitiG37S Sport (6 spd. M)5.10013.600Road&Track
2010InfinitiQX566.50015.100Car & Driver
2009InfinitiXFR4.30012.600Road & Track
2009InfinitiFX50 S AWD5.70014.100Motor Trend
2009InfinitiG37 Coupe Journey5.40013.800Road & Track
2009InfinitiG37x5.20013.700motorweek.org
2008InfinitiG37 Supercharged5.00013.400Road & Track
2008InfinitiXKR Coupe4.20012.600Road & Track
2008InfinitiEX356.70014.900motorweek.org
2008InfinitiG376.20014.600motorweek.org
2007InfinitiFX456.10014.600Road and Track
2007InfinitiG355.90014.400Road and Track
2007InfinitiM45 Sport5.30013.800Road and Track
2007InfinitiG355.70014.200motorweek.org
2004InfinitiG35 Sport Sedan6.20014.600
2004InfinitiQX567.40015.900motorweek.org
2004InfinitiG35x6.20014.700motorweek.org
2003InfinitiG35 Sedan6.20014.800
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2003InfinitiG35 Coupe5.50014.200
2003InfinitiG356.20014.700(R&T July '02)
2003InfinitiM456.30015.000(Motor Week)
2003InfinitiM455.80014.400(MT Online)
2003InfinitiM456.30015.000motorweek.org
2003InfinitiG356.20014.800motorweek.org
2002InfinitiQ456.60015.800motorweek.org
2001InfinitiQX48.70016.500motorweek.org
2000InfinitiI308.90016.700motorweek.org
1999InfinitiQ45t7.70015.800
1997InfinitiQ45t7.50015.700
1996InfinitiI30t7.70015.800
1995InfinitiI307.80016.000
1995InfinitiQ45t7.90016.200
1994InfinitiG20t8.40016.500
1994InfinitiQ45t7.20015.400
1993InfinitiJ30t9.00016.800
1993InfinitiQ457.50015.600
1992InfinitiJ308.90016.700
1992InfinitiJ30t9.20016.800
1991InfinitiG208.60016.600
1991InfinitiQ457.30015.600
1990InfinitiM30 Coupe10.00017.400
1990InfinitiQ457.20015.400