About Us

About Us

Welcome to Ronin.  Our goal is holistic performance: we believe big horsepower is nothing without reliability and a clean build. We want the ability to put that power to the ground, handle, and stop. We strive for function driven pieces that fit correctly out of the box and look good doing it.  

We ascribe to no particular brand loyalty and will freely mix and match between brands to serve an end goal. We launched Ronin with a focus on the Mazda RX7 because we found it combines a stiff lightweight chassis, a large transmission tunnel, rear wheel drive, and good suspension geometry. These traits making it a great starting point for several types of builds. However, we by no means discount the viability of other platforms. We hope to expand into other applications soon. The world is too big a place to worry about brand loyalty. We like hot rods, British roadsters, American muscle, and drifters. Our wiring mods should be a huge aid to anyone building a rock crawler or sand rail. We firmly believe that the best car for any owner is the best set of compromises to serve that owner's needs and budget. Please contact us if you have special requests.

It's your car. Make it what you want it to be. That's the Ronin way. Powerful Precision, Masterless Design.


Joel Payne

Joel Payne is a mechanical engineer by day for the theme park industry. He holds a CA Professional Engineering license and an MBA from UC Los Angeles. At UC San Diego he holds a record as the only student to ever win all three major engineering awards (two student design competitions and the best senior design project.) Joel prides himself in attention to detail and the ability to figure out how things work. His last automotive build was inducted into the v8rx7forum's hall of fame.




Mike Lenhardt

Mike Lenhardt is the lead Optometrist, and owner of Lenhardt Optometric Group. His Optometric Doctorate came from Southern California College of Optometry after he earned a BS in Physiology from UCSB. His automotive experience ranges from creation of a pro-touring 65 impala, 59 cadillac on airbags, 5 speed turbocharged minivan, and his destroked ls7 powered widebody rx7. Follow the progress of that build here:


Mike prides himself in outside-the-box thinking and the application of those concepts in hotrodding.



Steven Brisson

Steve has been in the V8 Rx-7 community since 2005. He started modifying harnesses in 2006 with the help of his friend Dan Snyder for people all over the country. Steven has owned several Rx-7s like a Ford 5.0 1984 FB and his current 6.0l LSX FC. He enjoys helping friends build their cars and is passionate about automotive photography. 



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