The head of the Volkswagen R performance division has reportedly quit over “differences in opinion” with the German firm's chairman.

According to Autocar, Jost Capito has stepped down after three years in the role. Between 2012 and 2016, the German was VW’s director of motorsport, before leaving for a brief stint at McLaren Racing. In 2017, he returned to Volkswagen as head of the R division.

Models such as the Golf 8 R, Tiguan R, Arteon R, Touareg R and T-Roc R were developed under Capito's leadership.

While neither VW nor Capito has yet released an official statement, Autocar says “differences in opinion” with Volkswagen’s chairman over the future of the R division are behind the 62-year-old’s decision to quit.

Earlier this week, the Wolfsburg-based firm announced it was “terminating its motorsport activities” as part of a “realignment and further focusing” on “sustainable e-mobility”.