In the 308 you then press the power button, wait for the whirring behind you to stop, flick an ignition switch, and hit 'start'. I'm not the only one who loves a start-up procedure, am I? Obviously it's loud too, even through a helmet.
The Racing Cup uses a six-speed sequential, with first engaged through depressing the clutch - novel concept - pressing the 'neutral button' on the wheel and pulling the right hand paddle. Give it a few more revs than you think you'll need and it's rolling - even before 10mph is breached, there's just so much going on. It's brilliant.
The sequential is fabulous though. Of course modern dual-clutches and autos have caught up to an extent, but there's nothing to match the savagery of a full-throttle upshift in a racing car. It feels brutal, and immensely satisfying too, whether up or down the ratios.
It's the brakes and the grip that stand out however, as is so often the way with racing cars. And, as is also so often the way with racing cars, a clot who is used to road cars simply cannot exploit the full potential of both in just a few laps. By the end of the session I thought I was braking quite assertively, giving the fantastically firm pedal a good prod - the telemetry shows a very different story...
I'd love to tell you that there's some kind of convenient tangible link between the road-going 308 and the race car, but that would be a lie. It feels like it's from another planet, in a brilliant way. I love racing cars. I don't love watching this footage back though. Can I have another go? Watch the video here
[Source: Peugeot Sport]