McLaren Automotive is setting up shop in Bahraini capital Manama, and has released a second batch of photos of the McLaren P1 hypercar shot at the Bahrain International Circuit to supplement the stunning set shown earlier this year. That it coincides with the 2013 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix is no coincidence.

The car shown here is the 2012 Paris Motor Show design study however, and not the full production version of the 916 hp hybrid McLaren P1. That’s more than alright though, as it looks better without the final version’s front corner vents and tighter rear grille mesh anyway.

These shots sure are breathtaking, but it’s just too bad that a beauty contest is all McLaren will be winning in Bahrain this week.