For a fourth straight year, Formula D Tech Day was held at the Irvine, Calif., facility of TEN (aka publishers of Super Street and european car), and like the last two events this year's affair was absolutely bonkers. Cars began showing up for the 10am meet at 6:30 the morning of Saturday the 28th, and the parking lot where it was held - some 800 spaces big - was at capacity by 10:15.
Notably, Tech Day 2015 marked a turning point in the event's history. This was the first year organizers began bringing in several key partners to help put on the meet, cohorts like title backer Pioneer Electronics, Mackin, Razor, Olloclip, and Hoonigan, all of which were represented at Tech Day; Hoonigan and Super Street even developed and sold limited-edition collab tees at the event.
Additionally, this was the first year Formula Drift did not actually "tech" competitor cars headed to its 2015 Pro and Pro 2 championships (that is, inspect cars to make sure they are in compliance with rules). Instead, they used the event as a stage for debuting a handful of vehicles, in particular Daigo Saito's Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R, Ken Gushi's Greddy Scion FR-S, Charles Ng's Maxxis Infiniti G37 Coupe, Dave Briggs' Hankook S14, Jeff Jones' DNA Motoring S14, and from Pro 2 Dan Burkett's RAD Industries Toyota Supra. Check out our separate posting about the competition vehicles on display.
Apart from the cars, the free event had much to offer attendees. Pioneer doled out free posters and Razor offered test-drives of its now legendary Crazy Carts. Local food trucks Sexy Burger, Dos Chinos and Ninjas With Appetite kept the masses fed. And cover models Constance Nunes, Jenn Q, Janey B and Erica Nagashima all dropped by throughout the day to smile for the camera and oblige autograph requests.
It was another huge event and planners are already looking ahead to next year, when Tech Day will likely move to a new facility. Get into the gallery to experience the sights of Formula D Tech Day 2015.