No, everyone’s favorite astromech droid, R2-D2, is not living on some planet away from our solar system with a member of the Skywalker family (just how long is the shelf life for droids anyways?), but actually, hiding right here on earth among us humans in a Honda Element. Yup, you cannot get any more low key than that, which was why earth might have been a better place to send Luke and Leia to when they were babies to remain hidden from Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.

Back to reality – there really is a R2-D2 that takes residence in a Honda Element in Irvine, California. The brainchild of a certain Victor Franco, who is a local member of the R2 Builders Club, this unique DIY project relies on an extremely automotive-friendly 12V system, and as for its head/dome rotation, that is powered by a Saturn windshield-wiper motor, now how about that for creativity? It seems that the windshield-wiper motors that is used by Saturns happen to carry the perfect torque/power setup that works great when it comes to rotating droid heads, where power will be sent to the dome through a skateboard wheel.

This R2-D2 is fully remote-controlled, is mobile, blinks with all the relevant lights and emits those signature noises to boot. Tipping the scales at more than 150 pounds, it can get tricking carrying R2-D2 around, which is why a modified Honda Element is the ideal place for it to “live in”, so to speak, and not on some starship somewhere.

Filed in Robots. Read more about DYI, R2 D2 and Star Wars.

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