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Simulator Performance Engineer

United Kingdom, , WokingF1 - Technical

Job description

An opportunity has arisen to join the Performance Analysis Group within our world class Vehicle Performance department. Working with cutting edge driver-in-the-loop simulator technology, the successful candidate will support the running of simulator sessions with professional test drivers, including McLaren F1 Drivers.


The simulator plays a central role in the assessment of new performance concepts, while sessions before, during and after race weekends directly inform trackside setup direction. As a result, this role offers outstanding visibility across the breadth of the technical development process. The Simulator Performance Engineer will provide performance analysis support for simulator and track tests, with access to a state-of-the-art simulation toolchain.


Purpose of the Role:

  • Planning, executing and reporting vehicle dynamics testing using the Driver In the Loop (DIL) Simulator.
  • To exploit car performance through optimisation of setup and developing new concepts.
  • To support Trackside and Design functions with relevant and rigorous insight from offline simulation together with track and simulator test data analysis.
  • To support events as part of the Mission Control team monitoring vehicle performance in real time.


Role Dimensions:

  • This role sits within Vehicle Performance, within the Performance Analysis Team, which is principally concerne
  • A strong motivation to drive performance and to develop a d with DIL and Offline simulation testing and analysis.
  • The role reports directly to the Performance Analysis Team Leader with Vehicle Performance


Principal Accountabilities:

Identifying opportunities to improve car performance through:

  • Correlation of modelled vehicle behaviour with on track behaviour in the areas of Aerodynamics, Tyres and Suspension.
  • Translating driver feedback into actionable objectives for car development.
  • Planning and running test programmes with Race and Test drivers.
  • Producing quality analysis in challenging timeframes

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or higher within an engineering discipline
  • Strong analytical skills underpinned by a data driven approach
  • Proven experience in a Vehicle Dynamics role in high-level Motorsport
  • Previous exposure to track/race/simulator environment.
  • Personal Attributes: s an engineer in the field of vehicle dynamics or race engineering.
  • An ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure.
  • First class written and oral communication skills.
  • High attention to detail and an ability to take an unbiased approach to all tasks.
  • A team player with a positive outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude


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 proactive 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.

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