Side vents function

Question by a non-technical F-Type owner: I’ve noticed that the side vents on my F-Type V6s are actually closed with a piece of plastic behind. Are these vents just for aesthetics or do they have a real function?

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Good question - I don’t know. I’m going to have to take a closer look at the vents on my car one of these days. Same question applies to the hood vents. Are they functional?

I think the hood vents do have a function. At least they’re open and show the supercharger on the V6s. After a while when driving, you can see the heat of the supercharger coming out of the vents, so I guess they’re for cooling and ventilation. The ones on the side are completely shut, but perhaps they open when driving? Or would that be too much sience fiction?

The hood vents: