Sheffield-based Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis is pretty nippy on the track – but that is nothing compared to her latest set of wheels.
The heptathlete, from Millhouses, is taking part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show procession in the City of London and has showed off the car that will take her around on Saturday, November 10.
The 26-year-old former pupil at King Ecgbert School, Dore, was especially good in the running events in the seven-discipline sport, but said she got an adrenaline rush when the Jaguar F-Type hit 150mph on a test run.
Jess, an ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport, said: “I did get quite excited the other day when I was driving it – we got up to about 150mph. It was a massive adrenaline rush, it’s great to experience that kind of speed.
“But I don’t think I’ll be reaching that kind of speed anytime soon.”
Jess was speaking as she presented the F-Type she will drive in the three-and-a-half mile procession in St Paul’s Vista, London.
This year’s show will showcase the talents of 6,500 people, 18 vintage cars, a tank and a steamroller among others.
But Jess refused to be drawn on her predictions for the sports personality of the year honour next month.
Jess, the fourth favourite behind Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, US Open champion Andy Murray and double Olympic champion Mo Farah, said: “It’s just so difficult this year and I think any of the 12 nominees that are up for it will be worthy winners.”