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In Korea, Hamilton and Rosberg could only manage fifth and seventh respectively as their cars lacKed power on the all-important straights, even if they made up time through the twistier sections.
Meanwhile, Nissan DeltaWing's visionary creator, Ben Bowlby, said: "At Petit Le Mans, we will get the chance to show the US fans just how cool this car is but also the chance to prove that it works on a much tighter, twistier road course, rather than the flat-out, 300kmh, Le Mans-style racetrack.
The petrol model in SRi trim felt a bit more at home on the twistier sections and gave a false impression it could leave the oilburner trailing in its wake, but while it costs around pounds 2,000 less than its similar-specification diesel stablemate to put on the road, figures show that its 44mpg consumption is no match for the 54mpg offered by the diesel.
Technical analysis shows the Red Bull,which has started on pole 18 times in 19 races - and won 11 of them - runs out of puff on the long uphill straight past the pits because it is set-up for the twistier infield sections.
It made the twistier sections of mountainous terrain in southern Spain a stress-free but enjoyable and challenging drive, and the quattro's four-corner grip made mincemeat of those roughly-surfaced hairpins.