Wolfgang Hatz, the former Porsche R&D chief who resigned from the company last year, has reportedly been arrested in connection with Volkswagen's diesel cheating scandal. Munich prosecutors didn't release the identity of the person arrested, but , a joint report from Munich's Sueddeutscher Zeitung and German TV stations NDR and WDR said that the person was Hatz.
Hatz was the engine development chief for Audi from 2001 to 2007, and for the entire VW group from 2007 to 2012. During his tenure, the company developed and used defeat devices that allowed its engines to cheat diesel-emissions testing.
Road & Track readers probably know Hatz best as one of the leading figures behind both the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar, and the Le Mans-winning 919 LMP1 Hybrid.
Automotive News notes that Hatz would be the most important VW employee to be arrested in connection to this scandal thus far, if his arrest is confirmed. Hatz was reportedly close with Martin Winterkorn, the former VW boss who resigned shortly after news of the company's diesel-emissions cheating became public.