Delphi's condenser, compressor, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) module, and power cables were all featured on the winning Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 race car.
"Delphi started the collaboration with the Ferrari team in the very early stages of design for the 458 GT2 car,” said Vincent Fagard, managing director, Delphi Thermal Systems Europe. “This close collaboration resulted in a fully optimized air- conditioning system per the requirements for endurance closed cars.”
Based on the standard production 458 Italia components, the GT2 condenser was adjusted to reduce the impact on engine cooling and aerodynamic drag. Additionally, the compressor on the racing version is 2.2kg lighter and uses 30 percent less power. It also uses a coil/pulley assembly to withstand the higher vibration that is experienced in racing. Finally, the HVAC module was modified to remove functions/features not required in the racing environment including heating, recirculation and duel zone functionality.
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