STEVE Glenney's Nissan GT-R looks fearsome just sitting in his Trevallyn driveway, let alone in full flight on the back roads of Sheffield.
And after two disappointing Targa Tasmania campaigns, the South Australian-born Glenney is confident he and his machine will push for honours in 2015.
"The past couple of years we've been out in front, and things have just not worked out," the 32-year-old said.
"Last year we were well in control of the race, but the gearbox blew up, and it meant we were pretty much stuck at the start line at Strahan."
Glenney's luck in Tasmania has indeed been short since he won the state's Targa leg in 2008 driving a Lancer Evo IX RS.
Nonetheless, the 2014 Targa Wrest Point runner-up said he was primed for a tough contest this time around.
"I saw that Jason White has brought his Lamborghini back to life, and Tony Quinn is coming down here with a Mercedes this year," he said.
"So it'll be a good battle, for sure."
Targa Tasmania enters its 24th consecutive year in 2015 with 232 cars expected to hit the road on Monday.
Day one will open with Tamar Valley stages at Legana, Holwell, Kayena, and George Town before finishing with an expo at the Launceston Silverdome.
Glenney said tackling the Tasmania landscape with Targa was a unique and exciting experience for racers.
"It's certainly a great challenge - you never do the same corner twice."