NZ Performance Car 298, October — November 2022

Yes, he’s back! SWAGER returns for NZPC 298, reincarnated into one of New Zealand’s cleanest street-going R32 GT-Rs, and owner Tremayne is still up to his old tricks — if you know, you know! It’s no show pony, though; Tremayne’s R32 GT-R gets absolutely thrashed on the street and it’s packing 483kW at the wheels — one you definitely don’t want to miss. 

D1NZ is pushing the boundaries yet again, but this time it’s not with the series itself but rather with a brand-new, late-model GR Supra, powered by a 620kW 2JZ-GTE, for use by international drivers to grow awareness of the sport here in New Zealand. The D1NZ team wanted to show just how to build a D1NZ Pro Series car — it’s safe to say, they nailed it. 

We jump across the ditch to catch up with one of the world’s biggest GT-R enthusiasts — Andrew Hawkins and his 820kW, nine-second, street-legal R32 GT-R. What Andrew — who has more industry experience on the platform than most — has chosen to build his big-power R32 GT-R should be written down in a GT-R builders manual! 

New to the D1NZ scene — but not to drifting — Aaron Mai catches up with Keisuke Nagashima to discuss his shift into competitive drifting right here in New Zealand; what inspired him to get into drifting, and what New Zealand drifting is like compared with Japan. 

We’ve got the cleanest FD3S we’ve ever seen in “Under Construction”; an airbagged Audi RS3 in “Cruise Mode”; a K-swapped Honda Domani — yep! — in “Weekend Warrior”; and a sleek Nissan Stagea in Shaun’s “Street Legal” segment. You know the drill: grab that loose change and head on down to your nearest supermarket, dairy, or gas station — it’s a banger!


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