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Le Mans Sports Car Chassis


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Hybrid car chassis


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Composite Engineering's in - house projects

Briefly outlined here are details of 'in-house' projects currently at various stages of technical development. We plan to bring these to fruition on the basis of joint ventures strategic alliances or manufacturing / marketing licensing.

Each represents considerable investment by the company and at an early stage of development, each has been scrutinised to determine its commercial viability. In some cases very detailed feasibility studies have been carried out to determine the level of investment required to complete individual projects.

To progress these, we are actively seeking commercial partners and additional funding. Should you be interested in exploring the possibility of assisting in these areas, please contact Paul McBride directly using the website's email facility.

Please note that we do not seek contact from agents or individuals who plan to act on a speculative basis, nor do we seek to engage advisors to assist us with these projects. They represent both the commercial and intellectual property of Composite and at all times we kindly request that this is respected.

For potential investors and partners we have placed links at the end of each project summary. These produce a targeted blank e-mail to us. If you provide us with background information on your organisation and the nature of your interest we will contact you.

The UltraSub

The UltraSub represents a significant breakthrough in small submersibles design. The brainchild of Paul McBride, managing director of Composite Engineering the project has been funded to date entirely by Paul.

This submersible has been designed specifically for deployment from a superyacht. Our research concluded that we had to create a very compact vessel, which should provide the occupants with unparalleled space, comfort and safety. The unique layout and construction of the UltraSub more than surpasses these stringent requirements.

External dimensions:

  • Length: 3.4m 134"
  • Beam: 2.5m 98.5"
  • Height: 1.745m 68.7"
  • Cockpit internal:
  • Height: 1.58m 62.2"
  • Length: 2.25m 88.58"
  • Width: 1.65m 64.96"

It was also established that surface stability was important, together with the ability for the occupants to climb on board and disembark whilst the sub is in the water. This is an important safety requirement of the ABS+A1 certification, which stipulates a freeboard of 762mm - 30" (UltraSub 975mm - 38.38").

This also offers the opportunity to use the sub as a surface vessel, for example; after a morning's dive the occupants can either return to the yacht for lunch, or cruise to a local island. The UltraSub will have a range of 24 nautical miles below the surface and will cruise for 16 hours at 3.0 knots.

A brochure has been prepared for interested individuals and potential commercial partners. This can be made available after preliminary discussion. If you are interested, please please contact us.

Formula1 car transmission casing using novel advanced composites manufacturing technology

After extensive research, we have evolved a method of manufacturing a carbon composite gearbox casing. The moulding technique allows for complex, single part, three-dimensional structures to be produced, fully enabling the structural benefits of carbon fibre composites to be successfully applied to the design of an F1 gearbox casing.

It offers the ability to reduce the number of bolted junctions in the casing, saving further weight and improving the stiffness over current cast designs.

Formula 1 cars suffer from a significant fall in torsional rigidity and stiffness in the areas of the bell housing and transmission. Analysis has revealed this to be due to the engine/bell housing interface and the modular construction of the transmission.

We plan to develop an essentially single-part homogeneous structure, which will significantly reduce machining operations. As the manufacturing process will be more efficient it will allow designers more freedom to constantly develop this important area of the car throughout the season.

This process also creates an opportunity to radically develop the design beyond current ideas. It counteracts the dilemma of the trade-off between a gearbox of small cross section for improved aerodynamics and achieving structural stiffness comparable to that possessed by the chassis.

Also, there is an opportunity to link with some exciting ceramic materials technology. It is possible to apply this advanced material to several components inside the gearbox and make a major change to the way that the design of the shafts, bearings and any rubbing surfaces are used.

We are currently seeking additional investment to enable a prototype to be manufactured. We believe that the performance benefits will be substantial and that this novel manufacturing technology will provide a significant commercial opportunity with the potential for far wider application.

If you are interested in discussing this project, please please contact us.

Automated advanced composite manufacturing system

There are increasing requirements for complex advanced composite structures in the aerospace, automotive and marine markets. Currently these components are highly labour intensive and therefore costly to produce. As labour cost is the limiting factor, the application of this technology in these markets is not is not being fully exploited.

Composite Engineering has identified an innovative and viable solution that will enable the fully automated manufacture of complex three-dimensional composite structures. The most demanding segment of the three markets is for items with relatively low volume production runs and this innovative manufacturing technology is initially intended to address this area of demand.

Following lengthy research investigation it has been established that no equivalent solution presently exists. As the developed technology will be satisfying a demanding set of needs - automated production for relatively short production runs at commercially viable set up costs - we believe that there will be significant opportunity for the sale of systems and the establishment of a specialist contract manufacturing business.

In the automotive industry, there is an increasing trend for prestigious manufacturers to design high performance sports cars with carbon composite chassis - for example the Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Murcielago and the soon to be launched McLaren/ Mercedes SLR and Porsche Carrera GT.

Our technology would enable the chassis for cars such as these to be manufactured at dramatically lower cost. Once appropriate funding has been secured or a joint venture or similar collaborative arrangement is in place, it is planned to build a pilot system and demonstrate the technology by producing a prototype chassis.

A detailed proposal for this project has been prepared. If you are interested in knowing more, please please contact us.

High performance sports car

This project is currently at an early stage of development. Preliminary styling / layout drawings and cost appraisals have been carried out and our plan is for advancement in conjunction with an investor or a manufacturer.

This project could be implemented alongside Composite Engineering's automated advanced composites manufacturing system, creating a high performance car that would be underpinned with an advanced, reduced production cost chassis.

As discussed above, currently the only cars offering this level of performance and technology are currently in the £100,000 / £450,000 price bracket. By combining these two projects we would be able to bring to market a comparable level of technology and performance at a far lower cost.

We are receptive to all commercially feasible propositions and opportunities. If you are interested in an exploratory discussion, please please contact us.

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