In the 1930s, as Europe slid toward war, its great powers were already locked in bloody struggle. On city streets, country roads, and raceways, each nation’s top drivers vied for glory—and often met their deaths—in lightning-fast prototypes from Bugatti, Mercedez-Benz, and Alfa-Romeo. The most formidable road warrior was Rudi Caracciola, the cold-blooded champion of the Third Reich. Only one driver had a chance of stopping him: Rene Dreyfus, a gregarious 32-year old French Jew. With the backing of Lucy Schell, an adventurous American heiress and a celebrated racer herself, Dreyfus would challenge Hitler’s fearsome “Silver Arrows” with an improbable projectile of his own: a nimble little car with a heart-shaped grill and a dagger-like tail, built by a down-on-its-luck automobile manufacturer named Delahaye.
Bringing alive both the dawn of motor racing and Europe’s darkest hour, Faster describes one of the most stunning upsets in history—a symbolic blow against the Nazis by two unlikely heroes.