If you were quizzed about the hot hatch heroes from the 1980s onwards – what cars would you pick?

Most of you would likely to go with the legends of the day such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Peugeot 205 GTI, the Renault 5 GT Turbo or the Ford Escort RS Turbo.

Each one of these is an easy choice. As all had equal fame and notoriety back in the day instilling them into hot hatch folklore for decades to come. But for every legend of the hot hatch world, there are a number of unsung hot hatch heroes cruelly forgotten by history. As for every VW Golf GTI, and Pug GTI, there is a mass of hotted-up hatchbacks that will never be spoken about, or sought after in the same way.

Here, we remember the forgotten heroes of the hot hatch world…