I??e been flying the flag on the continent behind the wheel of British supercar-maker McLaren?? powerful new long-legged and refined 203mph GT grand tourer.
And before I even pressed the accelerator, I was bowled over by the gorgeous, aerodynamic lines that are elegantly sophisticated rather than shouty and beautiful rather than brash.
Nevertheless with its dramatic uplifting winged or ??ihedral??doors delivering a wonderful flourish of theatre it will always attract attention ??even among the super-rich on the Cote D??zur in the South of France where I was driving it ??as the number of people keen to take a photograph proved.
Playing with the paddles behind the steering wheel, you also get a wonderful soundtrack from the exhaust as you kick down though the gears on a hairpin bend then blast off again down the open highway or through a mountain tunnel