Power to Weight Ratio

Was curious about how the average power to weight ratio has changed over time and thought I would collect the notes from my Googling.

First, this analyses from Reddit that graphs power AND weight by manufacturer.

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Not exactly what I was looking for but you do see Daimler and BMW fight it out for best ratios over time (see the animated version here).

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Also found an academic paper with some interesting trends over time, including a European country comparison with Sweden coming out on top in terms of average power per car.

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Seems like the data is limited to 1997, so I am curious how these trends have held up.

And finally, a graph of average power/weight over time... in Belgium. (The top line is for the best selling models.)

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I am still looking for a more comprehensive analysis of how power to weight is changing over time, but I did run across this interesting spreadsheet from Exomotive showing power to weight for a sporting cross-section of cars.

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