When you think of an all wheel drive rally car for the road, you think of an Audi Quattro, or a Subaru WRX, or a Mitsubishi Evo. You do not think of a grey 1988 Toyota Celica.
Why build your own race car when you could have the convenience of ordering one from a local dealer?
This is the Subaru Impreza WRX STI NR4 and yes, it’s a fully stripped, prepped and caged rally car sold by Subaru itself. Obviously, there’s a slight catch.
All of the great homologation specials — the BMW E30 M3, the Lancia Delta Integrale, the Plymouth Superbird — have all been discovered and cost more and more every year. Except for one. This is the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, and you will be amazed at its reputation just as much as its shockingly low price.
McLaren brought one of the three homologation specials for the longtail F1 to the New York Auto Show. I was in its presence. I smelled it.
[Before there was the Nismo GT-R LM, there was the Nismo GT-R LM. This is a one-off homologation special registered in the UK so that Nissan could race at Le Mans back in '96. Photo: Nissan]
This is the Nissan March R. Built in 1988, it is a supercharged and turbocharged 110 horsepower, hatchback with a limited-slip front differential and a weight well under 2000 pounds. And nobody's ever heard of it.
What makes rally so interesting it that the cars you see in competition are all street legal, and built up off what’s on the showroom floor.
There are faster ones. There are rarer ones and ones that are easier to maintain. But I'm not sure there's a better rally homologation special than the Lancia Delta Integrale.