World Rally champion Sébastien Ogier is likely to play a wider role in the development of Volkswagen's fast road cars in future, according to VW’s head of development, Heinz-Jakob Neusser.
Ogier, who took his first championship crown driving the Volkswagen Polo WRC in its first full season in the series, has already contributed to development of the Volkswagen Golf R at the Nürburgring, and will now take on more road car work.
“He has a special know-how in how performance cars should drive,” said Neusser at the Tokyo motor show this week. “We expect to use his skills more widely. His contributions with Golf R were very positive.”
In March, current F1 world chamption Sebastien Vettel was appointed director of performance at Infiniti. According to Infiniti, Vettel has played a "crucial role" in the development of the Infiniti Q50 and the FX Vettel Edition.