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Audi came away a big winner at this year's Le Mans competition, but Nissan has at least one thing to celebrate. The Pyrrhic victory apparently presages Nissan giving up on the gas-electric race car for Le Mans 2015.

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Well, that's a nice start. Nissan says a test version of its ZEOD RC racecar has completed its first 24 laps at Le Mans in France. And, aside from two "small technical issues," things went swimmingly.

At last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, Nissan raced the oddly shaped, ultra-efficient DeltaWing. This year, the Japanese automaker has unveiled another groundbreaking vehicle at the site of the historic endurance race: the all-electric Nissan ZEOD RC.