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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
2011JaguarXJ SuperCharged4.40012.800Car & Driver
2011JaguarXJ SuperCharged4.40012.800Car & Driver
2011JaguarXJL Supercharged4.40012.800Road & Track
2011JaguarXJL Supercharged4.40012.800Car & Driver
2011JaguarXJ5.80014.300motorweek.org
2010JaguarXJ5.4000.000Car & Driver
2010JaguarXJ Supercharged4.7000.000Car & Driver
2010JaguarXF6.10014.600Car & Driver
2010JaguarXFR4.30012.600Car & Driver
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2009JaguarXF Supercharged5.00013.400(R&T June '08)
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2007JaguarXKR4.30012.800(MotorTrend.com)
2007JaguarXJ8L6.10014.500Road and Track
2007JaguarXK Coupe5.70014.200Road and Track
2007JaguarXKR5.30013.700motorweek.org
2005JaguarXJR4.70013.200(C&D.com)
2005JaguarX-Type Sportwagon7.70016.000motorweek.org
2005JaguarXJ8 Super V85.40014.000motorweek.org
2004JaguarS-Type R5.20013.700
2004JaguarXJ-Series6.90015.200motorweek.org
2003JaguarXKR5.20013.600motorweek.org
2002JaguarX-Type7.00015.400motorweek.org
2001JaguarX-Type 3.06.30014.900
2001JaguarXKR Silverstone4.90013.200motorweek.org
2000JaguarS-Type 3.08.70016.800
2000JaguarS-Type7.0000.000(MT Online)
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2000JaguarXKR5.60014.200
2000JaguarXKR5.40013.600motorweek.org
1998JaguarXJ8 L6.70015.000
1998JaguarXJR5.20013.700
1997JaguarXJR6.80015.100
1997JaguarXK8 Conv.6.70015.000
1996JaguarXJ67.60015.800
1995JaguarXJR6.60014.900
1994JaguarXJ127.70015.900
1993JaguarXJ12 Sedan7.50015.900
1993JaguarXJR-S Coupe7.00015.200
1993JaguarXJS Coupe7.80015.900
1992JaguarXJS8.30016.300
1991JaguarXJR-154.50012.600
1990JaguarXJ6 Sovereign9.00016.800
1990JaguarXJ6 Vanden Plas9.20016.900
1989JaguarXJ610.00017.500
1989JaguarXJ-S V-12 Conv.9.90017.500
1987JaguarXJ6 (auto)11.50018.300
1987JaguarXJ-S8.70016.500
1987JaguarXJ-SC8.80016.700
1986JaguarXJ6 Vanden Plas12.30018.900
1983JaguarXJ-S HE (auto)8.20016.300
1981JaguarXJ6 Series III (auto)10.6000.000
1981JaguarXJ-S (auto)7.8000.000
1976JaguarXJ-S8.90015.900
1965JaguarXK-E II6.50015.000(C&D Feb '65)