Patents Assigned to McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Patent number: 11401999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dual clutch transmission (11, 211, 411, 611), comprising a gear-change transmission (15, 215, 415, 615) for forming eight gear steps having two countershafts (29, 31, 229, 231, 429, 431, 629, 631, 829) and having a common output shaft (33, 233, 433, 633). Said dual clutch transmission is configured in such a way that all gear steps are designed as forward gears. Hereby, a double clutch (13, 213, 413,613) has two clutch packs (17, 19, 219, 417, 419, 617, 619) arranged on a central axis (23, 223, 423, 623) of the double clutch transmission. A drive input shaft (21, 221, 421, 621) of the dual clutch transmission is seated on the central axis (23, 223, 423, 623), on which drive gearwheels (41, 241, 441, 641; 43, 243, 443, 643; 45, 245, 445, 643; 47, 247, 447, 647; 49, 249, 449, 649; 51, 251, 451, 651) of the individual gear steps are seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: John Henry Sutton, Michael Kerr
  • Patent number: 11371587
    Abstract: A gearbox comprising: an outer intermediate shaft carrying a first set of shaft gears; an inner intermediate shaft carrying a second set of shaft gears, the inner intermediate shaft running concentrically within the outer intermediate shaft; a first lay shaft carrying a first set of drive gears and an output gear positioned along the first lay shaft between two of the first set of drive gears, a second lay shaft carrying a second set of drive gears and an output gear positioned along the second lay shaft between two of the second set of drive gears, each drive gear being coupled to a respective shaft gear to together provide a plurality of gear ratios between the intermediate shafts and the output shaft; and an output shaft, each lay shaft being coupled to the output shaft by the respective output gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: John Henry Sutton, Michael Kerr
  • Patent number: 11352076
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a passenger compartment; a nose region forwards of the passenger compartment, the nose region having a top surface and a front; and a duct running from an inlet to an outlet to permit air flowing into the inlet to be channeled to the outlet, the inlet being positioned at the front of the nose region below the top surface and the outlet being positioned on the top surface of the nose region behind the inlet, the outlet being oriented so that air flowing through the outlet is directed in an upwards direction, the upwards airflow causing disruption to a rearward airflow moving towards the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Kay, Steven Digby Nicol, Scott Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 11345064
    Abstract: A method for removing a hollow support element (17) from within a moulded part (15) to form a cavity (25) within the moulded part, the hollow support element being disposed within the moulded part and composed of material having a softening temperature, the method comprising: heating a liquid (20) to a temperature at least equal to the softening temperature of the material; injecting the heated liquid into an opening (24) in the moulded part to deform the material; and removing deformed material and liquid from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: McLaren Automotive Limited, The University of Sheffield
    Inventors: Claudio Santoni, Elaine Arnold, Timothy Swait, Mark Laycock
  • Patent number: 11338868
    Abstract: A vehicle, comprising: a vehicle body having a rear; and a variable aerodynamic device positioned at the rear of the vehicle body and being moveable between a lowered configuration and a raised configuration, the variable aerodynamic device comprising: a wing divided along its length into a middle region and outer regions to either side of the middle region, the wing having a reduced width within the middle region relative to the outer regions, and the wing forming part of an outer surface of the vehicle body when the variable aerodynamic device is in the lowered configuration and raised from the vehicle body when the variable aerodynamic device is in the raised configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Peter Brewerton
  • Patent number: 11267324
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: an occupant cabin; a retractable roof configured to move between a deployed configuration where the roof covers the occupant cabin and a retracted configuration; a housing configured to house the retractable roof when the roof is in the retracted configuration; and a moveable cover configured to close the housing, the moveable cover comprising: a cover body; and two fins each extending from the cover body, the fins being located on either side of a longitudinal centreline of the vehicle, and the fins each comprising a channel running through the fin from a first side of the fin facing away from the longitudinal centreline to a second side of the fin facing towards the longitudinal centreline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Kay
  • Publication number: 20220037716
    Abstract: A battery compartment for holding a plurality of cells, the battery compartment comprising a housing defining a chamber in which the plurality of cells are to be located, a cell tray for supporting the plurality of cells within the chamber and a plurality of openings in a wall of the housing, each opening allowing the passage of electrical cabling through the wall and also coolant flow into or out of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Applicant: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Sunoj Cherian George, James Douglas McLaggan, Elie Talj
  • Patent number: 11235651
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: an occupant cabin; a retractable roof configured to move between a deployed configuration where the roof covers the occupant cabin and a retracted configuration; a housing configured to house the retractable roof when the roof is in the retracted configuration; a moveable cover configured to close the housing and move between a closed configuration where the moveable cover closes the housing and an open configuration to permit the retractable roof to move between the deployed configuration and the retracted configuration; a first electric motor coupled to the retractable roof to be capable of imparting motion to the retractable roof so that, when the first electric motor is activated, the first electric motor causes the retractable roof to move between the deployed configuration and the retracted configuration; a second electric motor coupled to the moveable cover to be capable of imparting motion to the movable cover so that, when the second electric motor is activated, the second elect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: McLaren Automotive Limited, Webasto SE
    Inventors: Luke Sanham, Michael Ertl
  • Patent number: 11230174
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a passenger compartment; a roof moveable between a first, closed position in which it covers at least part of the passenger compartment and a second, stowed position in which it does not cover the passenger compartment; and a floor located so as to face the underside of the roof when the roof is in the stowed position, the floor being adapted to define a luggage space between it and the roof when the roof is in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Kay
  • Patent number: 11230330
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a vehicle body comprising a first body panel; and a first variable aerodynamic device comprising: a first spoiler that is resiliently deformable between a lowered position and a raised position, the first spoiler being formed from part of the first body panel; and a first actuator configured to move the first spoiler between the lowered position and the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Dan Parry-Williams, Tom Cordingley-Clark, Alex Alexiev
  • Patent number: 11230328
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a front surface exposed to the front of the vehicle; a forward ground-engaging wheel; a wheel arch defined by the body of the vehicle, the forward wheel being at least partially located in the wheel arch in at least one configuration of the wheel; and a duct extending from the front surface into the wheel arch, the duct being substantially unobstructed throughout its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Dan Parry-Williams, Arthur Danny Slight
  • Patent number: 11214025
    Abstract: A method for forming a composite component, comprising: locating a rigid composite element comprising a matrix interspersed with long fibre reinforcement in a mould that is shaped to define a cavity about the rigid element; loading a material comprising a matrix precursor interspersed with short fibre reinforcement into the cavity; and curing the matrix precursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Graham Meeks, Claudio Santoni
  • Patent number: 11052787
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a base (10) and a squab (11) and an adjustment mechanism (20) whereby the position of an occupant sitting in the seat can be adjusted, the mechanism being configured so as to permit the seat to follow a motion path that provides coordinated adjustment of both height and back inclination of the occupant, the motion path being such that as the height of the occupant is raised the back inclination of the occupant becomes less supine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Barry Lett, Christopher Lee Bates
  • Publication number: 20210138698
    Abstract: A method of forming a fibre article, comprising: providing a former having a contoured forming surface; locating a fibre preform between a first diaphragm and a second diaphragm, the second diaphragm being offset from the forming surface; drawing a vacuum between the first and second diaphragms so as to hold the preform captive between the diaphragms; displacing the second diaphragm towards the former so as to bring the second diaphragm into partial contact with the former; drawing a vacuum between the second diaphragm and the former so as to bring at least a part of the second diaphragm adjoining the preform into conformity with the forming surface; and setting the preform in its configuration; wherein: the fibre preform comprises one or more substantially inextensible fibres extending linearly in a first direction; the forming surface comprises a concavity and prominences on either side of the concavity; and the step of bringing the second diaphragm into partial contact with the former comprises bringing th
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Claudio SANTONI
  • Patent number: 10946910
    Abstract: A vehicle having an underside, the vehicle comprising a first duct configured to channel air from a first outlet at the underside of the vehicle to a second outlet away from the underside of the vehicle so that when the vehicle is in forward motion the underside of the vehicle in front of the first outlet is at a lower pressure than the underside of the vehicle behind the first outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Arthur Danny Slight
  • Patent number: D911874
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Robert Melville, Goran Ozbolt
  • Patent number: D912576
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Robert Melville, Darryl Scriven, Matthew Robson
  • Car
    Patent number: D913159
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Robert Melville, Paul Howse
  • Patent number: D940590
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Darryl John Scriven, Alexandar Bojidarov Alexiev
  • Patent number: D942327
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Steve Crijns, Gareth Culverhouse, Robert Melville