Trig question, I'm sure I'm being silly but help please....

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In summary, the conversation discusses the addition of wind speed and direction to a car and circuit simulation. The speaker suggests using cos degrees to determine the effective direction of the wind. They are confused about the calculation and ask for clarification. The other person explains that there is no easy way to estimate the effect of a head wind using simple calculations and suggests looking up "Relative Velocity" for determining effective wind direction.
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so basically I have been trying to add into a car and circuit simulation wind speed and direction, now I was thinking that cos degrees would work fine, so "wind direction - driving direction = affective direction."
This works for head wind -1 and back wind 1 as well as side winds, 0 (no affect)
however I am really confused (I know that cos(45) is 0.707) but don't I want it to be 0.5?
I'm just thinking simply here that a 45 degree head wind will have a 50% impact on speed? yes? no?
please can someone tell me how I should be calculating the affective wind direction tanks
If I am being a complete twonk feel free to tell me.
 
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I'm just thinking simply here that a 45 degree head wind will have a 50% impact on speed? yes? no?

No to that .

A head wind will certainly tend to slow car down or require more engine power to maintain speed but there is no easy way to estimate the actual effect of a head wind using simple calculations .

Effective wind direction is not too difficult to work out though . Look up : Relative Velocity
 

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