Formula D Tech Day 2013

formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneySource Interlink Media held their 2nd Formula Drift Tech Day/Car Meet today in Irvine. FD Drivers from all over the Southern California area came down to get their cars inspected and approved to compete at Long Beach in a few weeks. The turnout was probably 3 or 4 times larger than last year’s event. I don’t have an exact number, but the entire parking lot was packed with any tuner car you can think of. The event went from around 9am to 5pm.

formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyUpon arrival, I noticed these three bad boys pulling into the parking lot.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyWhat caught my eye was a familiar name and car. Dean Kearney is back for the 2013 season and he’s in the Viper! I cannot wait to see this monster putting down smoke.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyA lot of the cars were rolled into the garages to get inspected. However, some drove themselves in.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyDaigo’s 2JZ SC430 is still looking mean as usual, but with all these crazy new setups Daigo better be on his A game if he wants to keep his title as FD Champion.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyEven Hert from Beard Life showed up in his [HOONIGAN] V8 FC RX-7.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyHe was the most patriotic person there.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneySoon enough Michael Essa arrived in his truck, pulling something that wasn’t a Z4.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyLooks like this year Essa is going the E46 route, and I can’t complain!
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyOur Canadian neighbor Dave Briggs’s new S14 setup looks very appealing!
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyDave says ‘Hi’
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyAnother driver update: Jeff Jones is no longer with Cooper Tire and is now sponsored by Hankook Tire. He also stated that Cooper Tire is no longer part of Formula Drift.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyJoon Maeng has a little present for us this season.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyHis new setup features a Racing Head Service block based off an LS6, Brodix headers, Jerico 4-speed Dog Box transmission, Holley EFI fuel injection, and Feal Suspension coilovers.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyThis insane setup belongs to another familiar name in the drift industry. Forrest Wang will be running the 2013 FD season in a ’95 S14 swapped with a beautiful looking 2JZ.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyLook at the colors! This baby will be putting down around 900hp once dialed in.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyIn order to fit that 2JZ, the radiator and battery have been relocated to the trunk.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyLast but not least we have our very own Driftblaster, Taka Aono.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyThere are some big things in store for Taka this year, first being his sponsorship with Hankook Tire.
 
formula d tech day drift taka aono dave briggs mike essa dean kearneyAnother being this killer new livery designed by Bohan himself! This thing is beastly!
 
This season is already getting off to an exciting start. With Long Beach around the corner, the rest of the drivers who are either across the country or aren’t ready for tech will have their vehicles inspected at other locations or at the track during the event.
 
Stick around for more updates as we get closer to Round 1!
 
 
 
-Matt Ulfelder
 
 
 

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