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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.