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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
2006MercuryMilan7.00015.400motorweek.org
2005MercuryMariner9.50017.000motorweek.org
2004MercuryMonterey9.40017.200motorweek.org
2003MercuryMarauder6.90015.400
2003MercuryMarauder7.50015.600motorweek.org
2001MercuryCougar V-67.80016.100
2000MercurySable LS8.60016.800
1999MercuryCougar7.70016.000
1997MercurySable LS8.40016.400
1995MercuryGrand Marquis LS8.40016.300
1994MercuryCougar LS8.50016.400
1992MercurySable LS9.60017.400
1991MercuryCapri XR28.30016.300
1991MercuryCougar LS9.40017.100
1991MercuryTracer LTS8.70016.700
1990MercuryCougar XR7 SC7.40015.700
1990MercurySable GS10.10017.500
1989MercuryCougar XR7 SC7.40015.700
1987MercurySable LS11.70018.700
1987MercuryTracer10.30017.600
1983MercuryCapri7.80016.100
1982MercuryLN715.00020.000
1980MercuryCougar XR711.10018.000
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1980MercuryZephyr 4dr 4spd14.90019.800
1977MercuryMonarch 302ci14.40020.100
1975MercuryCapri II10.60018.100
1974MercuryCapri 2.8l0.00017.300
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