Until recently, it’s been many decades since any real homologation special cars have been brought to production. Sure, the upcoming GR Corolla isn’t really one because it doesn’t a rally series equivalent, but the GR Yaris, does, and it’s a proper riot to drive too. That’s got us wondering, which rally homologation special is the best in history?
Undoubtedly, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 2 is going to get a lot of well-deserved praise here. The Delta Integrale had been homologated before the Evo 2 and was already considered an incredible car. The Evo 2 took things to a pinnacle with super-wide fenders, 215 hp (160 kW), and outstanding road-holding ability regardless of what the surface of that road might be.
The Renault R5 Turbo 2 could get some votes too. It doesn’t benefit from powering all four wheels like the Lancia, but it’s such a wild car that somehow managed to find its way to production. It might make just 158 hp (117 kW), but it only weighs about 2,100 pounds (952 Kg). Having driven the one pictured below, I can assure you that it’s everything you could hope for and more.
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The Japanese have built incredible homologation cars too. The Subaru Impreza 22B laid the groundwork for the car that would become the modern-day WRX STI. Only 424 units were built and it’s still so popular that Prodrive has announced a restomod tribute to the little blue homologation special.
There are many more that deserve mention too. The Ford RS200, the Audi Quattro, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and even the MG Metro 6R4 could be included here. In fact, there’s a real MG Metro 6R4 hiding in the basement of Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN, right now.
Keep in mind that the word ‘rally’ is the key here – we’re not talking about other types of cars like the Mercedes CLK GTR or Porsche 911 GT1. So with that out of the way, let us know in the comments below, which is the greatest rally homologation special in history?