1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR AMG Coupé Straßenversion

Car Culture

Homologation Specials Were a Unique Breed of Car Models

FIA used to demand companies to produce a batch of their race cars for road use. We owe many of our eternal favorites to them

1973 Lancia Stratos HF
The Lancia Stratos is arguably the first homologation special, created with focus on rallying. It used a V6 engine from the Ferrari Dino 246 and several internal parts from Fiat cars
1980 Renault 5 Turbo
Renault wanted to fight the Stratos and resorted to completely reworking the 5: the 1980 model received a turbocharged mid-engine and several visual changes

What is a homologation special?

1981 Opel Manta 400
Opel created competition versions of the Manta Coupé since its first generation. The second, however, had the 400 edition, which became famous mostly for its unique external appearance (source: WheelsAge)

What modifications did they have?

1986 BMW M3 Coupe
The very first M3 was created in 1986 to allow BMW to race in the Group A. Back then, it would compete with the Mercedes-Benz 190E (source: WheelsAge)

What implications were there?

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi
Large fender flares, even larger rear wing, and an engine increased to 2.2 liters to make 280 hp. That’s the very first Subaru Impreza STI (credit: Peter Kuhn; source: WheelsAge)

How did they end?

1998 Nissan R390 GT1 Road Version
The 1998 R390 GT1 only had two units produced for street use. One was kept by Nissan and the other was sold to a private collector (credit: Ted Seven; source: WheelsAge)



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Danillo Almeida

Content writer and engineer-to-be who aspires to work in car design. If you like cars but not the stereotypes that surround them, give my articles a try.