Patents Assigned to McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Patent number: 11865992
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: an airbag device comprising a housing and an airbag, the airbag having a packed configuration and an expanded configuration, the airbag expanding through the aperture in the housing when moving from the packed configuration to the expanded configuration; a composite material panel positioned to cover the airbag device, the panel comprising a break line running over the panel, the break line being proximal to the aperture so that when the airbag moves to the expanded configuration the airbag forces the panel to tear along the break line; and a first protection flap, the first protection flap having an initial configuration where the first protection flap is located adjacent the airbag in the packed configuration and a deployed configuration where the first protection flap covers at least one edge of the panel that runs along one side of the break line when the panel has torn due to the airbag moving to the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Mungall, Kingsley Ohuka, Matteo Moscatelli, Tom Sellen
  • Patent number: 11855569
    Abstract: A motor control unit for a vehicle comprising an electric drive motor, the motor control unit comprising a first processor, a second processor and a third processor, in which: the third processor is configured to: receive an actuation demand for the vehicle; calculate a torque for the motor in dependence on the actuation demand; and provide the calculated torque to the first processor; the first processor is configured to: receive the calculated torque and a control input of the vehicle; and determine a first control output for the electric drive motor in dependence on the calculated torque and the control input; and the second processor is configured to: receive the first control output from the first processor and the control input of the vehicle; calculate a second control output for the motor in dependence on the control input; and validate the first control output by comparison to the second control output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Sunoj Cherian George, Tao Chang
  • Patent number: 11826969
    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 diaphragms relative to the former so as to bring a part of the second diaphragm adjoining the preform into partial conformity with the former; drawing a vacuum between the second diaphragm and the former so as to increase the conformity between the said part of the second diaphragm and the former; and setting the preform in its configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Claudio Santoni
  • Patent number: 11754147
    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: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: John Henry Sutton, Michael Kerr
  • Patent number: 11745756
    Abstract: A system and method for assisting a driver in controlling a vehicle, the vehicle comprising one or more driver controls, the method comprising determining an optimal path for the vehicle; determining, based on the current motion of the vehicle and a current setting of one or more driver controls, a predicted path of the vehicle; determining if there is a difference between the optimal path for the vehicle and the predicted path of the vehicle; and if it is determined that there is a difference between the optimal path and the predicted path, delivering haptic and non-haptic feedback to the driver of the vehicle, the feedback comprising an indication that the driver should alter the current setting of one or more driver controls, wherein alteration of the setting of one or more driver controls modifies the motion of the vehicle to reduce the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Gordon David Tucker
  • Patent number: 11673299
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Claudio Santoni
  • Patent number: 11670260
    Abstract: An augmented reality system for assisting the driver of a vehicle comprising a display headset, a positioning system and a display driver configured to generate graphic elements which appear to the driver to move independently with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Gordon David Tucker, Hugo Peter Cohn, Simon Lacey
  • Patent number: 11648799
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel structure comprising: a road wheel; a wheel mounting whereby the wheel is mounted to the body of the vehicle, the mounting structure comprising a wheel bearing by which the wheel can revolve about a wheel axis with respect to the body of the vehicle; a wheel cover attached to the wheel by a wheel cover bearing by which the wheel can revolve about the wheel axis with respect to the wheel cover; and a link coupled between (i) the cover and (ii) one of the mounting structure and the vehicle body for resisting rotation of the wheel cover with respect to the wheel mounting about the wheel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Dan Parry-Williams, William Cann, Sam Purvis
  • Patent number: 11639206
    Abstract: An example vehicle includes a passenger compartment; a nose region forwards of the passenger compartment, the nose region having a top surface; and an airflow deflector positioned on the top surface of the nose region, the airflow deflector comprising a first panel projecting from the top surface of the nose region; and a second panel coupled to the first panel, the second panel being spaced from the first panel to form a channel between the first and second panels, the channel having an inlet facing towards the top surface of the nose region so that a rearwardly moving airflow incident on the first panel is directed towards the channel inlet and an outlet facing away from the top surface of the nose region 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: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Arthur Slight, Gary Ahlin
  • Patent number: 11529837
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a vehicle body; a plurality of wheel assemblies each having a rotation axis; at least one suspension linkage, each suspension linkage coupling a respective wheel assembly to the vehicle body to permit motion of the rotation axis of each respective wheel assembly relative to the vehicle body; a damper coupled to a respective suspension linkage to constrain the motion of the associated wheel assembly by applying a damper reaction force to the suspension linkage, the damper being configured to be responsive to a damper force control output to vary the damper reaction force being applied to the suspension linkage; at least one vehicle sensor configured to provide vehicle condition data; and a damper control unit configured to generate the damper force control output that causes the damper to generate respective damper reaction forces to act against the suspension linkage to control the motion of the wheel assembly towards a set position for the wheel assembly relative to the vehicle body, ad
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Will Hoult
  • Patent number: 11478956
    Abstract: A composite article manufacturing facility comprising: a plurality of forming stations (1), each forming station being capable of forming pieces from a feedstock of a laminar reinforcement material; a plurality of lay-up stations (3), each lay-up station being capable of arranging a stack of the formed pieces in overlapping fashion; a transfer mechanism (2) configured to simultaneously transport formed portions from multiple ones of the forming stations towards multiple ones of the lay-up stations; a memory (93) storing a first sequence of pieces to be laid up at a first one of the lay-up stations and a second sequence of pieces to be laid up at a second one of the lay-up stations; and a controller (90) coupled to the forming stations, the lay-up stations and the transfer mechanism for controlling the operations thereof, the controller having access to the memory and being configured to, when a formed piece of the first sequence and a formed piece of the second sequence are loaded on the transfer mechanism, c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Claudio Santoni
  • Patent number: 11472496
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that has a vehicle body, a wheel assembly, a suspension linkage, and a cover panel. The vehicle body has an underside and defines a wheel arch that forms an opening in the underside of the vehicle body. The suspension linkage runs within the wheel arch and couples the wheel assembly to the vehicle body to permit motion of the rotation axis of the wheel assembly relative to the vehicle body. The suspension linkage further comprises a first suspension link coupled between the vehicle body and the wheel assembly, whereby the cover panel is coupled to the first suspension link so that the cover panel moves with the first suspension link. The cover panel further extends across part of the opening so that in forward motion the cover panel directs a rearward moving airflow across the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE LIMITED
    Inventors: Dan Parry-Williams, Roberto Della Ratta Rinaldi, Robin Algoo
  • 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: D968269
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Robert Melville, Darryl John Scriven, Alexandar Bojidarov Alexiev