How often do you buy a McLaren F1 GTR, only to discover it's fake...

How often does this happen? You drop multiple millions of dollars on what you think is an immaculate McLaren F1 GTR, only to discover it's actually a fake. It's not the first time, either – remember that bridge you bought from a stranger? That's not actually yours either...

To tackle the problem (well, the car one anyway), McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has launched a new certification service designed to assure owners of the "provenance, originality, service life, road/race history and condition" through factory archives.

Along with a certificate confirming the car's authenticity, McLaren will provide a bespoke book documenting the history of their car – the perfect coffee table book accompaniment to any F1 purchase, you'll no doubt agree.

The service was announced alongside the restored F1 GTR '25R', which was the last F1 GTR to compete in an up-to-date race series. After being put on display in Japan, the car was sold to a classic car consultant, who subsequently passed it on to McLaren Special Operations for a ground-up restoration.

All the parts used for the restoration were stored at McLaren, some of them in unopened containers, from a time when the GTR was wreaking havoc in active competition. Vehicle '25R' is running in Le Mans spec, which means it has taller gearing than normal, and runs with a blue roof light borrowed from an aircraft.

“McLaren cherishes its rich heritage of iconic and world-beating cars such as the F1,” said McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt.

"25R presented us with a unique opportunity to demonstrate this by restoring it to precisely how it was when it raced at Le Mans in 1997, thus ensuring its future."

"Maintaining the integrity of these historically significant cars is paramount and F1 Certified will play a big role in allowing us to do that for the peace of mind of owners today as well as preserving a wonderful heritage for future generations of car lovers," he added.