Thursday, March 29, 2012

Volkswagen Recruits Jost Capito From Ford to Head Up Their Motorsports Program

Jost Capito who had been the driving force behind the development of many of Ford’s Compact cars in Motorsports is pictured here at Sno-Drift Rally 2010. Capito was there in support of Ken Block as he debuted the MWRT 2011 Fiesta RallyCar in the USA. Picture: Neil McDaid/RallyWorldNews

Ford’s director of motorsport business development Jost Capito has been named to replace Kris Nissen at the helm of Volkswagen Motorsport.

Volkswagen Motorsport is continuing to recruit experienced staff ahead of its debut in the WRC In 2013. After snapping up former Peugeot and Subaru engineer F-X. Demaison, and after poaching Sébastien Ogier and team manager Sven Smeets from Citroën, Volkswagen Motorsport has announced the signing of Jost Capito. Capito will take over from team chief Kris Nissen who recently led the German brand to three consecutive Dakar triumphs.

Jost Capito is currently the director of motorsport business development and global performance vehicles at Ford where he is notably tasked with the American group’s worldwide motorsport strategy.
Until 2008, Jost Capito was Ford’s director of motorsport and was a keen follower of the WRC. A former BMW and Porsche AG engineer, he got his first taste of motorsport on two wheels in the worlds of endurance and motocross. He also contested the 1985 Dakar in a truck and won his class.
Volkswagen Motorsport still needs to recruit a second driver. In Portugal, Kevin Abbring is back behind the wheel of the second factory Skoda, while Andreas Mikkelsen is expected to drive for the team in Argentina.