Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 20, 2017
Photos By: Ford Motor Company

When the Ford GT debuted it was touted as a race car first and a road car second. Nowhere is that more evident than in the new documentary “The Return.” This new film delves into the Ford GT race car’s return to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, looking to repeat Ford’s historic 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 Le Mans race 50 years earlier, along with the simultaneous development of the Ford GT supercar. This is Ford’s first film on Amazon and the behind-the-scenes viewpoint is provided by Emmy Award-winning director Erich Joiner.

“To win a race, you have to have incredible commitment,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president of North America. “This film captures the teamwork and challenges the team encountered and overcame living up to the Ford GT’s iconic heritage.”

The new documentary features never-before-seen footage from within Ford of the GT’s development. “The Return” showcases the challenges Ford met and overcame in developing an all-new Ford GT, which both honored its storied history on the race track and shattered modern expectations about what a supercar can be.

“As a director and an avid racing enthusiast, I set out to make a passion project of a movie,” said Joiner. “I was able to shoot things that very few people ever get to witness about building a world-class race car and program, and then putting this new car and team up against the best in the world at the Le Mans 24 Hours. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I will never forget.”

Enthusiasts get exclusive access to the side-by-side development of the GT race car and production car through the eyes of those involved during its fast and intense development. World-class drivers, racing experts and others bring life to the most treacherous, high-stakes endurance race in the world, while Ford family members link the race’s significance to Henry Ford launching the company on the track more than 100 years ago. “The Return” is available for free download on Amazon Prime. Prime members can view the documentary at http://amzn.to/TheReturn.