Not everybody can get their hands on a race car, most especially if they are not a licensed race car driver. But there is one race car out there that anyone can buy: the Peugeot 308 Cup.
Peugeot is notorious for building insane race cars, and they have gained championships in almost every field of motorsport - from Dakar to Le Mans, and many more in between. Group B may be somewhat hard to reach, but if you can give some extra cash to Peugeot, they can give you something that might interest you.
You can have the Peugeot 308 Cup that I was telling you about earlier, as part of your collection, a track toy, or you can even use it to join racing events all over the world. And there are hundreds of tracks you can choose from including the VLN at the Nordschleife and the TCR series.
The Peugeot 308 Cup will be having the same engine as the 308 GTI, but with the turbo of the 208 T16 Pikes Peak record holder. That is a 1.6 liter engine that can produce 304 horsepower (227 kilowatts). This is paired with a racing sequential gearbox (with paddles and LED shift lights) that gives power to the front wheels. What makes it even more impressive is that it only weighs 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms) which says a lot.
This race car starts at £64,000 ($84,700), but what will really cost you is hiring a special team of engineers and a pit crew.
Do not expect to find features for convenience and comfort in the Peugeot 308 Cup, as these features equal to more weight, and you would not be needing more of that if you’re just going to race. That means there won’t be a radio or seats that massage you or heat your body. You won’t even find carpets and sun visors in the interior, but instead it is an empty cage with a roll cage, aircraft-like switches and a steering wheel. Unlike modern cars nowadays that come complete with safety standards, this Peugeot will not have any of those. In other words, you are on your own if things go wrong - but let’s hope not.
At first glance, the race car looks like a Peugeot 308 GTI. But the race car version sits so low that it looks like it is almost hitting the ground. The 308 Cup has a wider body compared to the road-going model, and it comes with extra sticky racing tires. The aerodynamic bodykit gives it extra downforce, with the 221-pound (100 kilograms) rear wing. The front splitter, underbelly, and rear diffuser work hand in hand to manipulate the air that passes it.
There are many differences between a race car and a road going car, and you will get a culture shock once you drive a race car for the first time, so you will have to get used to it.