Paris gears up for landmark race

By Matthew Knight, CNN

Updated 0729 GMT (1529 HKT) April 23, 2016
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Paris is gearing up for its first-ever Formula E race. Current E/Nat Twiss
The race is taking place on the streets around the Hotel des Invalides. © Current E/Nat Twiss
The city's historic architecture and statutes are temporarily sharing their space with the race track's protective barriers. © Current E/Nat Twiss
Formula E drivers pose for a photo outside the Hotel des Invalides on the eve of the race. © Current E
The streets of Paris' 7th arrondissment have been transformed into a Formula E race track. © Current E
The race will be run on a 1.9-kilometer (1.2-mile) track. © Current E
Life is carrying on as normal though as organizers of the electric race series prepare the streets for Saturday's race. © Current E
Twenty-thousand spectators have bought tickets to see Formula E drivers compete in round seven of the 11-race series which also visits Berlin, Beijing, Moscow and Buenos Aires. © Current E
After the terror attacks last November, security for the event is tight. © Current E
The pit lane was a hive of activity on Friday as teams rushed to prepare the cars -- which have a top speed of 140 mph -- for Saturday's ePrix. © Current E
Formula E is the world's first all-electric racing series and in currently enjoying its second season. © Current E
The Esplanade des Invalides near the River Seine has been turned into the pit lane for the nine teams and 18 drivers. © Current E
Formula E races are predominantly held on city circuit tracks and aims to promote more sustainable modes of transport for urban areas. © Current E