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If you’ve heard about special homologation cars then you’ve likely been into cars and motorsports for a good many years. There used to be much hype around these kinds of cars because they were such extreme versions of the model they were based on, but these days the way motorsports goes and because of the way the race classes are now the models used for homologation now are usually not as limited in numbers anymore. Homologation specials from the 80s and 90s are sought after cars now and ones found in original condition can fetch some big money. Most manufacturers who entered motorsports back then had a motorsport division that would create these special cars and many of the race drivers of these cars along with the engineers at the time went on to become famous in their own right.

So if you’re not too sure what homologation means in this case and you’re read this far, here’s the deal. When manufacturers enter motorsport, they like to put a lot of research and development into being the fastest in wherever event or series they plan on competing in, and some have ridiculously large budgets to create winning cars. To limit what happens and to make the playing field a little fairer, in certain race series you can only enter a car that is a proper production model that anyone can buy from a dealership. To keep the manufacturers honest, there are rules in place to determine exactly what a production car is. Making ten special cars won’t work and is way too easy, there needs to be plenty more models produced. Many homologation models saw production runs of a few years, which allowed these cars to compete in things like the World Rally Championship and build a cult-like following.

There were quite a few of these special cars created, some famous, some so arb and obscure that the initial reaction is often a “WTF?”. Take this list of cars from the chaps at Goodwood Road & Racing, they’re calling it a list of the 7 best homologation hot hatches. Of course, creating a list of seven is enough to do this SXdrv writer’s head in because my OCD is screaming for an even 10 cars. This list is made up of the Lancia Delta HF 4WD, the Volkswagen Golf Rallye, the Peugeot 106 Rallye, the Nissan Sunny GTi-R, the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, the Mazda 323 GT-R and the Subaru Impreza WRC STI. It’s a decent list for sure, but that Mazda is an odd choice and it’s also admittedly the first time we’ve heard of the thing. It’s cool for what it is, but we’d have replaced that obscure little thing with a Renault 5 GT Turbo...

Take a look at the YouTube video depicting the apparent best homologation hot hatches ever to be created, and let us know if you agree : 7 best homologation special hot hatches ever! | Goodwood Road & Racing

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