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First Look: McLaren unveils P1 GTR race track car

The soon-to-debut McLaren GTR is a race-track version of the street-legal P1

The British race car company McLaren has unveiled a first look at its new P1 GTR track-focused supercar, due to officially debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auto show.

The GTR is a closed-course, non-street-legal version of the company's flagship McLaren P1. It is scheduled to go into production in mid-2015.

The company boasts that buyers of the P1 GTR will have "unprecedented access to the technologies, resources and expertise which have helped develop and train Formula 1 champions."

They will also have access to driving events, racetrack training and vehicle support.

The actual car -- or a prototype of it -- is set to roll into the spotlight Aug. 15 at the McLaren Brand Center, on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Lodge, and will remain on display through that weekend.

McLaren's P1 is a high-performance, plug-in hybrid sports car, admired and coveted by high-end enthusiasts. Unlike the Porsche 918, the McLaren is rear-wheel-drive and has 903 total horsepower from a twin-turbocharged V-8 and an electric motor.

It debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, a year before the first cars were delivered to customers. Only 375 were built, and all were sold almost as soon as deliveries began -- despite a sticker price that started at $1.35 million.

Locally, collector Jay Leno was the first U.S. customer to take delivery of one.

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