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In 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford unveiled a new car and the automotive world lost its collective mind. This wasn’t some new Explorer or Focus. Onto the stage rolled a supercar, a carbon-fiber GT powered by a mid-mounted six cylinder Ecoboost engine that churned out over 600 horsepower. It was a sexy callback to the legendary Ford GT40 Mk IIs that stuck it to Ferrari and finished 1-2-3 at Le Mans in 1966. Detroit was back, and Ford was going back to Le Mans.
In Return to Glory, journalist Matthew DeBord tells the recent story of Ford. A decade ago, CEO Alan Mulally took over the company and helped it weather the financial crisis and a stock price that plunged to $1 a share, without a government bailout. It was enough for Ford to dream of repeating racing history. DeBord revisits the story of the 1960s, details the creation of the new GT, and follows the team through the racing season, leading to Le Mans in June, 2016. This fabled 24-hour endurance race is designed to break cars and drivers, and it was at Le Mans that Ford’s comeback was put to the ultimate test.
Matthew DeBord is a Business Insider senior correspondent, covering transportation. A regular contributor to KCRW radio, he has written for the New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and CBS Interactive. He is the author of The New York Book of Wine and Wine Country, USA.