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.