Jost Capito, the man responsible for hot Fords such as the highly accomplished Ford Focus RS, will lead Volkswagen Motorsport from May 2012.

The 53-year-old Capito will take over from current director Kris Nissen and makes the move to Volkswagen after being director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development at Ford Motor Company USA since 2001.

In his time at Ford the engineering graduate was responsible for Ford’s performance vehicles and motorsports strategy that included the development of original Focus RS, as well as the second-generation version (pictured below) that eventually made it to Australia in limited numbers.

Capito has strong ties to motorsport being co-pilot for the winning 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally team in the truck category, head of Motorsport Organisation at Porsche in 1989, and Chief Operating Officer of the Sauber Red Bull Formula 1 team from 1998.

Nissen has been Director of Volkswagen Motorsport since 2003 and will assist Capito though a transition phase before moving into an advisory role for the Volkwagen Group.

Nissen helped Volkswagen to a double victory at the 2009 Dakar Rally and repeated one-two-three podium finishes in both 2010 and 2011.

Capito would also have been an instrumental part of the Ford development team working on the forthcoming Ford Focus ST.

While the move won’t help speculation surrounding the delayed next-generation Focus RS it does reignite hopes for the stalled Volkswagen Polo R project.

  • Gua

    nice, now we can finally have a proper Golf R

  • Smart Us

    hope Ford will get someone smart as a replacement 

  • Wrxsti

    225kw with 440nm Golf R would be awesome

    • Barry

      Until it breaks down??

      • Numanthepostman

        Do you have or heard of a 225kw, 440nm Golf R that broke down? 
        I don’t think you have. You just like to stir sh!t

        • Barry

          What about the Amarok the 2011 ute of the year.Yair thats the one that has the starter motor inside the transmission???
          Overheating blowing up,why would this piece of junk be any better.

          • Guest

            Go back to your tow truck duties, your opinions are as intelligent as your profession!

  • Golfschwein

    That little Polo’s a beaut!

  • Pauly

    Hmm so will this guys experience come into play for the MK7 GTI and R? or will we need to wait for the MK8?

    All the photos leaked online of GTI’s testing in the desert and stuff, I would hazard a guess that alot of work for the underpinnings of the car are already done…

  • davej

    Pfff… Like moving from the LA Lakers to the Melbourne Tigers….  

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