Jost Capito has been appointed as the head of Volkswagen Motorsport

Article by Christian A., on March 30, 2012

Jost Capito has been appointed as the head of Volkswagen Motorsport, replacing Kris Nissen, who will be relegated to acting as support to him. Nissen will later assist the Volkswagen Group in an advisory capacity. Capito is credited for leading Ford's TeamRS and SVT performance vehicle division. It is still uncertain who would be Capito’s replacement as Ford’s director, global performance vehicles and motorsport business development.

Capito’s appointment at Volkswagen Motorsport takes effect on May 1. Capito was formerly the chief operating officer of the Sauber Red Bull’s Formula 1 team.

He had won the Paris-Dakar rally in the past. Since he became a part of Ford in 2001, it had built an impressive range of performance vehicles. In a statement, Ford expressed his gratitude to Capito for his role at Ford for its segment on performance vehicles and motorsport. He also wished Capito well on the next stage of his career. Since 2003, Kris Nissen had been a director of Volkswagen Motorsport.

According to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, a member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand, Nissen has been instrumental in propelling Volkswagen Motorsport to great heights and in leading the Motorsport team on its “most successful phase” so far.

He gave credit to Nissen for the double victory of VW at the 2009 Dakar Rally and for making history at motorsport with its one-two-three podium finishes in 2010 and 2011. It was when Capito was with Ford that the Original Focus RS was launched. More recently, Capito supervised the development of the Focus ST, which will have its launch date later in the year.

Topics: vw

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

It’s pretty neat if you possess something of an extraordinary breed like, say, the Pagani Huayra. There are after all just a total of 100 units ever been built by...
by - April 28, 2017
If you’ve ever visited an arcade, chances are you have already seen a Logitech G920 wheel. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the steering wheel that you use when...
by - April 28, 2017
Toyota Motor Corporation disclosed that it will be bringing two of its Mirai fuel cell vehicles to China by October of this year. Tests will then be conducted on these...
by - April 28, 2017
Jaguar fans, as well as auto enthusiasts in general, has a reason to celebrate this week as the brand gave everyone a peek of the new 2018 XF Sportbrake. This...
by - April 28, 2017
BMW has revealed that its i brand has partnered with TED in order to launch a worldwide search of unique ideas under the title “NextVisionaries.” This brand has long been...
by - April 28, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries