Jodie Kidd has confirmed she will not be one of the new presenters of Top Gear when the motoring programme returns to the BBC in 2016.

Kidd had been tipped to join Chris Evans as one of the presenters to replace Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who left the show in March.

She says her love of cars is what led her to meet and become friends with Chris Evans, but added that speculation about the two joining forces on Top Gear had been blown out of all proportion to the truth.

Former model and part-time racing driver Kidd said she was "honoured" to have been considered for a role on Top Gear, but decided to turn down the opportunity because it would be "all-consuming".

Following her presenting work on Channel 5's The Classic Car Show alongside former used car dealer and ex-Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson, Kidd added: "I love doing all the different things I am doing in my life at the moment. Top Gear is the most brilliant show on this planet but it would just take over your soul. That would be it."

Kidd started her professional career as a model at the age of 14 years old. She has always loved cars and spent several years racing a Maserati. She has also competed in the gruelling Mille Miglia 1,000-mile race around Italy in classic cars.