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Senior Vehicle Modelling Engineer

Purpose of the Role:

  • To develop world class vehicle and sub-system models.

  • To deliver world class model correlation & functionality.

  • To identify, quantify and action vehicle model opportunities through experience or data analysis.

  • To feed observations to the department that aid car performance development.

Role Dimensions:

  • This role sits within the Vehicle Modelling Group in the Vehicle Performance department.

  • The role reports directly to the Head of Vehicle Modelling.

  • The role is principally concerned with the derivation, implementation, correlation and improvement of vehicle model sub-systems including tyres, power unit, steering, brakes and suspension.

  • The role requires collaboration with other Group staff to improve our simulation tool correlation.

  • The role requires strong interaction with other Groups across Vehicle Performance and with Aero Performance, Race Engineering, Research & Development and Design departments.

Principal Accountabilities:

Improving the fidelity, correlation, performance and functionality of our vehicle models by:

  • Developing and validating new sub-system models.

  • Producing insightful, high-quality analysis in challenging timeframes.

  • Innovating by proposing and developing new ideas and concepts.

  • Specifying and executing physical testing of components and sub-systems.

  • Analysing rig and track data for the purpose of correlating the vehicle model.

  • Proposing novel techniques such as feature detection or regression methods to derive insight from data.

  • Summarising model changes for stakeholders to share understanding of capabilities & limitations.

  • Collaborating to identify opportunities for vehicle model improvement.

  • Generating clear and well-documented code.

  • Providing technical assistance and support to the broader team.

  • Interacting effectively with other Vehicle Performance staff.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree, PhD or equivalent in Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics or similar.

  • Strong knowledge and conceptual understanding of vehicle physics.

  • Objective, data driven approach to analysis.

  • Proven ability to extract key data from a dataset and present in a clear, concise manner.

  • Deep awareness of relevant simulation techniques & considerations.

  • Extensive experience of vehicle sub-system modelling in F1, motorsport or a related field.

  • Experienced user of:

  • Matlab and Mathworks toolchain (required).

  • Vehicle dynamics simulation tools (required).

  • ATLAS 10 or similar analysis tools (required).

  • Version control (required).

  • C/C++ and Python (preferred).

Personal Attributes:

  • A team player with the motivation, initiative & capability to work independently if required.

  • Able to integrate quickly into the team, interacting effectively with others.

  • Strong organisational, communications and problem-solving skills.

  • Capability to concurrently engage on multiple projects with different stakeholders.

  • Excellent communicator, able to target a variety of audiences and influence as appropriate.

  • Works calmly and effectively under pressure.

  • High attention to detail with an unbiased, objective approach.

  • Innovative, moving us fearlessly forward by proposing new methods and ideas .

  • Flexibility in working hours is required.

What can McLaren offer?

We strive to provide a fun, innovative, collaborative and open culture where everyone’s input is welcome, and everyone feels part of our achievements. We work hard to create a culture of continuous improvement, and support this with a pro-active approach to management and personal development.

McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre on the edge of Woking. Our large campus includes a gym, swimming pool, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park land. MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 32min train ride.

We encourage hybrid working patterns to give you options to balance your home life and hobbies with your work, and offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.