The actual definition of the term “homologation” isn’t how car enthusiasts use the term. We use ‘homologation’ as shorthand for a “homologation car” or “homologation special” — which is a car that was produced solely to comply with regulations in order to go racing.
Many of the coolest cars of all time are homologation specials — and no surprise. They’re exactly the type of car that enthusiasts love, and rarely make financial sense to produce. But in order go racing, a manufacturer has to produce them, and that benefits us all.
And whatever you do, don’t ask Merriam Webster what she thinks.