Brypar – The motorsport uprights manufacturer bringing top level motorsport design and engineering to time attack. While relatively new to the market they are already making their mark in time attack around the world. We talk to them and find out why everyone should be running Brypar uprights.
Tell us a bit about your business.
Brypar started back in 2014 when we found that there were no true motorsport upright manufacturers in the market offering a proper motorsport solution. There was plenty of drift style products available but none of these were to a standard or specification not only suitable for circuit racing, but designed to a specification that would be seen as acceptable in high end motorsport. We felt we could design and manufacture products that met all the requirements set out by circuit racers around the world. The biggest issue with other uprights on the market is that they are full of compromises. Compromises in geometry, compromises in weight and stiffness, compromises in safety and compromises in materials. With Brypar uprights you get no compromises.
How did your business start?
Alexander Parisi was looking for upright for an exisiting Time Attack build he was involved with. He came across some work I had done earlier in my career for a Le Mans inspired sports racing car. A quick phone call after discovering I actually work quite close by and a friendship started based on our passion for motorsport. We were both looking at starting a new motorsport based business. Rob Pobestek first approached us to design and develop uprights for his Porsche. We had no idea at the time that this build would become one of the biggest builds ever undertaken for Time Attack. The rest as they say, is history.
What are the key elements you bring to Time Attack racing?
We support a lot of teams locally in WTAC which is where it all started for us. Unfortunately uprights are an afterthought for a lot of teams and time attack entries. They buy their coilovers, then they buy some wishbones or control arms, then they might buy a subframe. Lastly they look at uprights as they realise that this is where the root of their geometry and handling issues lie. Brypar aims to bring consistency to the handling of any time attack entry using our uprights. But on top of that we also look to align teams/drivers with an engineer who can make the most of our products. Like any suspension item that is added to a race vehicle, it needs to be understood to get the most out of it. We work with Chassis Sim in order to ensure the right range of adjustments are incorporated into our uprights so that when the car arrives at the track it’s a matter of understanding what the car is doing and having the tools available to be able to adjust the geometry to where it’s needed.
How does what you do benefit your Time Attack customers?
So many people are surprised by what can be achieved with suspension alone. Once a car is properly understood changes can be made that will make it perform the way it should. Time Attack is an amateur form of motor racing so we don’t expect everyone to understand their race cars like those teams in top level racing. Without reinventing the wheel small adjustments and tweaks can drop seconds from your lap time – and its being able to make these adjustments in the range they need to be in that makes Brypar uprights so valuable to customers. We are helping our customers achieve their goals by taking the development of their race vehicles to the next level. The right geometry not only drops lap times but allows other areas of the car to be developed knowing that the core underpinnings are doing their job properly. I can’t tell you how many people try to overcome geometry issues with more power and a bigger wing. Your might go 0.5s faster with an engine and aero upgrade – but if you sort the suspension first, that 0.5s might be closer to 2.0s.
What do you enjoy about being involved with Time Attack series?
We love the open rule book. Most people in the paddock are really approachable and don’t mind you crawling over their cars to see their interesting engineering solutions. While there are some really poor builds there are equally some amazing builds. The main thing is people are having fun and developing their cars all with the one goal in mind.
What are some new/interesting technologies you’re seeing coming into Time Attack?
If I’m honest there is nothing new being done. Look at all the banned technology from 30 years ago in F1 and most people are just running evolutions of those ideas. But this is what I love about it – we get to see these technologies that have been banned everywhere else now being used again – and it’s a development race all over again. Active suspension is definitely the next one that will take off. It almost has to. The downforce the top level cars are producing means commercially available springs cannot support these cars. Aero will continue to develop and cars will not only produce more downforce but produce it more efficiently, so top speeds will still increase even if total power output doesn’t.
Can you tell us about some Time Attack vehicles you have been involved with?
Our products are used all over the world although because our base is in Sydney, Australia we have a lot of product on local WTAC entries. As I mentioned earlier we have some special one-off uprights on @rp968. We are currently working with another few teams but due to non disclosure we cannot mention them. All I can say is keep your eye out at the top of the time sheets – they’re the cars we’ll have our uprights on.
What advice have you got for people building their Time Attack cars?
Take a holistic approach and develop your suspension to suit the tyre and predicted aero loads. Aero, tyres and suspension are the three critical areas for a time attack build. A decent power level is quite achievable with a modest budget these days and while big power is helpful it’s not the be all and end all of the build. If you get the aero, suspension and tyres working, adding extra power is easy – and the car will actually be drivable.
What is your future in Time Attack and where can you see the class as a whole going?
Costs are starting to rise but there will always be people wanting to build a car to loose rules and this is why time attack will never die. Door to door racing is great but it can be costly so even though these cars can cost quite a lot to build their running costs are not massive if you do it right. It would be great to see some sort of unification of rules so that vehicles can compete in different series all over the world knowing that they have a chance of a result. At the moment the different rules mean you may not have a car that complies everywhere – or if it does it’s got no chance of a result. All in all though as long as it keeps growing people might just start building multiple cars for different series. There is a huge commercial side of time attack that isn’t being exploited yet but I don’t think it will be long before some big business cottons on and takes it to the next level, to a truly world wide audience.